Alabama is finalizing a deal with former Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien to be Crimson Tide’s next attacking coordinator, sources told ESPN.
O’Brien was in the Alabama football complex on Wednesday. He also spent last week with the team leading up to the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Saban was asked about O’Brien on Wednesday during a Zoom press conference that led to the announcement of the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award, which Saban received the following Wednesday night.
Saban praised O’Brien’s performance and called him an outstanding coach, and although Saban has not officially announced that O’Brien is Alabama̵7;s new offensive line coordinator, he has said that O’Brien will. “Did an excellent job with our players here”
Saban added: “I have always tried to have the best knowledge and experience for our players and their development and I think. [O’Brien] Can contribute a lot in a positive way “
O’Brien, who was the Texans general manager last year, was sacked four games in the 2020 season, that is, after leading the Texans to the semi-finals of four of his first six seasons in Houston.
O’Brien, 51, replaced Steve Sarkisian, who left Alabama to take over the head coach in Texas.
While his most recent coaching experience is in the NFL, O’Brien has a long track record of coaching in college. He was Penn State head coach in 2012-2013, helping to rebuild the program after the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the subsequent NCAA sanctions. O’Brien was Duke’s 2005-06 offensive coordinator and Georgia Tech’s offensive coordinator from 2001-2009.
Like Saban, O’Brien also has a strong relationship with Bill Belichick and coached under Belichick with the New England Patriots for five seasons from 2007 to 2011, the final season as the lover’s offensive coordinator. nation
O’Brien will be Saban’s seventh attacking coordinator, returning to Jim McElwain, who left after the 2011 season to take over as Colorado State head coach.
Saban also has a position in the offensive line to fill his squad as Kyle Flood is on his way with Sarkisian to Texas to become the Longhorns offensive line coordinator / coach.