Alabama football fans may get their wish if Bill O’Brien takes an NFL head-coaching job.
Despite playing for a national title, Alabama football fans have not exactly been the biggest supporters of new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.
The longtime Houston Texans head coach replaced Steve Sarkisian on Nick Saban’s staff this offseason. Though Bryce Young became the first Crimson Tide quarterback to win a Heisman Trophy running O’Brien’s offense, his play-calling at times has driven the fanbase mad. They are fortunate that he is the candidate to become the next head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
O’Brien had great success in the same AFC South division as Jacksonville. Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator Nathan Hackett is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers candidate to succeed Urban Meyer. There is a good chance that one of these three candidates will be hired to coach Trevor Lawrence in Jacksonville.
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From a schematic and winning standpoint, O’Brien was an excellent head coach in Houston. In five years, he won the AFC South four more times. However, once he became the team’s general manager, it led to his undoing and eventual termination from the Texans organization mid-season last year. O’Brien can coach, but should not be trusted to play a part in the team-building process.
It should be mixed about how Alabama should feel. O’Brien is not for long in Tuscaloosa because that is how the Nick Saban Coaching Rehabilitation Clinic is supposed to work. But, having three offensive coordinators within a span of a decade is hard on any program, even the reigning college football dynasty that is Alabama. If O’Brien does leave, that is what will happen.
Final results will determine whether the Crimson Tide win the national championship. They will face an intimidating Georgia football team in their national title bout. Georgia is a team that was embarrassed by Alabama in last month’s SEC Championship Game. Saban doesn’t want his offensive coordinator to distract from the game. This was solved by Dan Lanning, Georgia’s offensive coordinator, heading to Oregon.
O’Brien was never expected to be a mainstay in Tuscaloosa, but Alabama fans should be careful for what they wish for.
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