Brian Daboll hasn’t taken off the bucket hat he sported minutes ago at the team walk-thru, and he hasn’t stopped taking down notes. He also hasn’t stopped talking, and Jack Bicknell, Jr., the offensive line coach, can’t get a word in during their post-practice film session. Daboll is like a child who can’t sit still.
His animated inner-child comes out often on the Missouri Western State University practice fields. Daboll screams praise from point-blank range at his offensive linemen and runs down the sidelines with his receivers. And when Matt Cassel executed the two minute drill, drove the unit into field goal range, and spiked the ball, Daboll had high-fives for all eleven starters as they came to the sideline.
"It takes everybody to do that," Daboll said after Monday’s practice. "Not just the running backs, the line, the quarterback getting stuff set right, the tight ends, the receivers, a collective effort. We’re just trying to keep getting better at it."