Technically, that is true, as Daboll joins head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli -- both former Patriots employees -- in Kansas City. But Crennel isn't apologizing for landing his top choice, either, telling reporters on a conference call Tuesday that having a complete understanding of Daboll is more important than where he's coached.
"I know a lot of people say he's another guy from the New England tree, but it's been a while since he's been in New England," Crennel said, per The Kansas City Star. "Sometimes knowing people and knowing what they're about is important. I know that was important to me."
What could be most important to Crennel is the development of quarterback Matt Cassel, which might have been a key factor in his most recent hire.
Daboll is already in his corner.
"I'm excited," Cassel recently told The Star. "I think it will be a good fit for us. He's very detailed. He was very meticulous about his work and he expected a lot out of his players. I was always impressed with him as a coach."