Daboll: Fromm has to earn back the trust of his teammates

The Bills offensive coordinator spoke to the media on Friday

Sal Capaccio
June 05, 2020 - 2:09 pm
Brian Daboll and Doug Pederson

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Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll became emotional, at times, on Friday when talking about the current situation in the country and how it’s impacted everyone, and what it will take to be better.

“Open communication is a catalyst for change, and I'm not going to sit up here and pretend to understand what some of my players, some of my friends are going through,” Daboll said as he began to choke up. “I’m here to listen and to support them. Let them know that I love them, that I have their back, help lead them and be involved as much as I can. It's a tough topic. Yeah, I've had a lot of conversations with guys, some longer than others and I want to let them know that that I love them and that I have their back. That I'm willing to help, my family's willing to help in any way.

“I think the foundation of a good organization is building relationships. And relationships is a people business. Sure, there's Xs and Os and schemes and challenges along the way and dealing with adversity, but you deal with adversity, through building relationships, genuine relationships, loving relationships. My guys know that I got their back, and I know they got mine. But that's not something you just come into a room and that happens. You have to develop that over time and sometimes conversations happen that leads you to become closer. But I think transparency is important. I think making sure that they know you care about them as people.”

Daboll was asked a lot about the current climate and how the team has addressed it, but also about quarterback Jake Fromm’s texts that were leaked via Twitter on Thursday, in which he wrote the words “elite white people” when discussing gun ownership. Fromm apologized to the team on Thursday for what he wrote, but the Bills offensive coordinator said Fromm still has plenty of work to do.

“He knows that he has a lot of work to do to earn the trust of his teammates back, and I'm a big believer in actions speak louder than words. I know he'll be committed to that," Daboll said. "We have a strong leadership group, a strong culture in our room. Jake is a young man who apologized and, you know, where we go moving forward: he's got a lot to do to earn the trust and confidence of the players and everyone else in the building back. I know he'll work hard to do that.”

As far as on-the-field goes, Daboll the COVID-19 pandemic and not being able to have live reps with coaches and players has been a challenge.

“Everybody is behind based on the circumstances we are in in terms of on field work, technique work and chemistry work,” he said. “There's no substitute for that, but we really don't focus on that, because it doesn't do us any good to focus on the things that we can't control. Certainly, we would love to have all of our players out there on the field working together and improving their techniques and fundamentals and implementing schemes and seeing how they take it from the classroom to the field. But that's just not the world we live in. To your point, it will be extremely important, not just for Josh, but for everybody when we get back to training camp, to really hit the ground running. And it's gonna be important on all ends, from the players’ end to where they are physically, to the coaches’ end in terms of the installation, schedule, and things you want to put together because, again, there's no substitute for those 700, 800, 900 reps that you're missing in OTAs. But you know, we're all in the same boat. We'll be prepared, we'll be ready to go when training camp hits and Sean [McDermott] will have a good schedule put together for us, and we'll be excited to go out there and execute it.”

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