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Ken Dorsey
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Ken Dorsey Made Right Choice Staying With Bills

  • Justin Melo
  • February 1, 2022
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According to multiple reports, the Buffalo Bills have filled their vacant offensive coordinator position by promoting former quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Ken Dorsey. Dorsey will replace the excellent Brian Daboll, who departed the Bills to become the new head coach of the New York Giants. Starting quarterback Josh Allen publicly campaigned for Dorsey to receive the promotion after developing a strong working relationship with him throughout the years, and Allen has seemingly been granted that wish. Buffalo ultimately wins the metaphorical tug-of-war, as Daboll was reportedly interested in naming Dorsey as his offensive coordinator with the Giants. It qualifies as a resounding victory for Allen and the Bills, and is one that should help pave the way for continued success offensively. For Dorsey, accepting a much-deserved promotion with the Bills as opposed to joining the Giants should have been viewed as a rather straightforward decision despite his strong ties and relationship with Daboll. Firstly, Dorsey will undoubtedly call plays for Buffalo's offense under the defensive-minded Sean McDermott. It's something he wouldn't have necessarily been guaranteed in East Rutherford under Daboll. It’s an important responsibility when building a coaching resume. Secondly, the Bills' offensive coordinator position should be seen as a springboard for Dorsey to potentially receive some head coaching looks in the not-so-distant future. Working with Allen will likely reflect well on Dorsey's offensive play-calling capabilities, given Allen's rare talent and mastery of Buffalo’s current passing offense, which Dorsey helped shape in his previous roles. Dorsey is unlikely to reinvent the wheel as the new offensive coordinator, and will instead likely opt to largely roll with what worked brilliantly under Daboll. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Dorsey ultimately made a wise decision to tie his fate to an MVP-caliber quarterback in Allen as opposed to joining Daboll's mission and daunting project in East Rutherford that includes transforming and developing Daniel Jones. The Giants' offense is badly in need of a revamp after averaging the second-lowest output in yards per contest (287.3) and points per game (15.2) this past season. It was a horrid follow-up to a 2020 campaign that delivered similar outcomes offensively (299.6 yards per game and 17.5 points per contest). Daboll possesses a much better and brighter offensive mind than those that have called the shots in New York as of late (we're looking at you, Jason Garrett, Pat Shurmur, and Ben McAdoo), but reworking an abysmal Giants offense qualifies as an uphill battle for any coach, even one of Daboll’s pedigree. Dorsey was smart enough to sniff this out and avoid taking on such a project. A former NFL quarterback and seventh-round selection of the San Francisco 49ers in 2003, Dorsey enjoyed a seven-year playing career that ended in Toronto, Canada as a member of the CFL's Argonauts. He embarked on his coaching career just three years later when he was named as the quarterbacks coach of the Carolina Panthers in 2013. Dorsey remained in that role for a five-year tenure that saw him first cross paths with Bills head coach McDermott, who was Carolina’s defensive coordinator at the time. Dorsey eventually joined McDermott in Buffalo in 2019 and has experienced a meteoric rise through the coaching ranks ever since. The 40-year-old Dorsey possesses a brilliant offensive mind and his somewhat recent playing experience helped him quickly adapt to today's ideas while allowing him to bond with, and relate to his players. By choosing to remain in Buffalo, Dorsey has increased his chances of competing for a Super Bowl, and future buzz as a potential head coaching candidate in 2023 may be on the horizon, too.

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