With Tuesday’s announcement that Alabama football ‘official’ has one Opening for an OC and QB coachNick Saban’s pace is expected to pick up.
Unlike the DC situation where Jeremy Pruitt’s future NCAA status is unknown, Saban is free to proceed with Bill O’Brien’s replacement.
Following the news forums over the past few weeks, it seems that even the most popular candidates are unsatisfying for some Crimson Tide fans. The only potential hire with apparent support across the board is former LSU coach Joe Brady. However, there is also no indication that Brady is interested in leaving the NFL.
Many names have been listed on several media “hot boards” but based on fan reactions the top four other than Brady are Dan Mullen, Jeff Lebby, Brian Johnson and Kliff Kingsbury.
There has been no public indication that Kingsbury intends to return to coaching in the near future. The other three have solid resumes, most notably Mullen with his two positions as SEC head coach.
Some Crimson Tide fans are speculating as to which of the potential OCs will have a system that best suits Nick Saban’s offensive goals. That’s a bit off track. Alabama Football has an offensive system defined by Nick Saban and each OC adapts to that. Saban has previously stated that he intends to use more RPO and more Tempo in System 2023.
Whoever the next OC recruiter is will bring fresh perspectives, but not a rebuilt Alabama football offense. Fans can find reasons to conclude that neither Mullen, Lebby, nor Johnson would come to Alabama without weaknesses. To the extent that this is correct, it is also unrealistic. Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian brought luggage to Tuscaloosa. Except for the end with Kiffin, both have done masterful work, shaping Nick Saban’s offense in new directions and also teaching Crimson Tide quarterbacks.
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At this point in Nick Saban’s career, it seems he’s looking to add an OC that would give the Crimson Tide more than a few seasons. And the next Tide OC might think five or six seasons into the future, Nick Saban might decide to walk away and leave a highly attractive head coaching position.
Logically, all Alabama football fans can conclude that Nick Saban will make the best pick. Emotionally, the thought that the next OC could possibly be Derek Dooley or Greg Roman or some other mundane employee unsettles many Alabama Crimson Tide fans.
One guess is that a decision will be made soon, like sometime this week.