3 coordinator pairings replacing Bill O’Brien, Pete Golding

Dan Mullen, Florida Gators

Dan Mullen, Florida Gators. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Nick Saban has to replace his two Alabama coordinators with Pete Golding, and now Bill O’Brien is taking on other jobs.

And once again, Nick Saban has to replace his two coordinators in Alabama…

This is getting old, isn’t it? While Saban isn’t getting any younger, he still runs one of the best programs in all of college football. Despite not winning a national title in the last two years, having to replace Pete Golding (Ole Miss Rebels) and Bill O’Brien (New England Patriots) is easier said than done. Maybe Saban’s next Lane Kiffin or Kirby Smart is on the horizon, just a phone call away?

Let’s take a look at three potential coordinator pairings that could soon put Alabama back on top.

Table of contents

  • Introduction: Look what the cat dragged in…cry hard over these SEC retreads.
  • Page 2: All the young guys go to Mott the Hoople over in Tuscaloosa now.
  • Page 3: You haven’t seen anything yet! Bbb-bama, you haven’t seen anything yet!

All you need is a good time with some SEC revamped shenanigans

Dan mullen

Former head coach Florida Gators

Dan Mullen is good at TV, bad at recruiting, but elite at calling offensive plays

One of the best offensive heads out there is former Florida and Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen. Though disastrous for the fan during his senior year in Gainesville, Mullen won an SEC East title with the Gators and led them to three New Year’s Six Bowls. Before that, he was a legendary Mississippi state head coach, winning 69 games in nine years on a historic SEC floormat.

What wounded him in the end in Florida was his inability, or rather his reluctance to recruit. If Georgia is your biggest conference rival, you’re going to have a bad time. However, Mullen is arguably Urban Meyer’s most notable protégé. His offense relies on a quarterback being mobile, but it’s one in which signal callers thrive. Schematically, Mullen is as good as Steve Sarkisian.

Mullen may be good at television, bad at recruiting, but he’s too good at naming plays to do media forever.

jeremy Pruitt

Former defense assistant New York Giants

Jeremy Pruitt may not know what asparagus is, but he can coordinate a defense!

After going to hell in a hand basket in Tennessee, Jeremy Pruitt served briefly as a defensive assistant in Joe Judge’s last New York Giants line. Though Pruitt may not become a head coach again, he was previously a great coordinator at three high-profile jobs: Florida State, Georgia, and his alma mater, Alabama. Pruitt worked in two separate stations under Saban.

Like Mullen, this is all about getting the Saban treatment. Mullen might not need it as badly, as television has largely worked for him. For Pruitt, he must return to a familiar place and work for a familiar face to revive his coaching career. Pruitt has been part of five national championship staffs (four at Alabama, one at Florida State), so he absolutely knows what he’s doing on defense.

Pruitt may not be one with asparagus or McDonald’s bags, but the man can coordinate the defense!

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