Many Alabama football fans never warmed to the idea of Bill O’Brien as the Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. For some, it wasn’t enough that O’Brien was the guy Nick Saban wanted.
A similar situation could develop with O’Brien’s replacement. When the first-team offense doesn’t sizzle in the A-Day game, complaints will be heard. The new Alabama Football offense should have no problem scoring points in Middle Tennessee State, even when using a limited playbook.
The following week with the Texas Longhorns in Tuscaloosa could be a different story. When the Crimson Tide goes three-and-out for the first time in a key game, a message board will be screaming to fire the new OC.
The good news is that Nick Saban and Tide’s offensive staff are too smart and busy to heed fan opinion. As Gene Stalling said many years ago, a coach who listens to the fans will end up sitting in the stands with them – as spectators.
There’s a good chance Nick Saban has known his first and second picks for OC for weeks. He knew O’Brien would not be returning for the 2023 season and Nick Saban is not hesitating. Less vocal fans, and probably a vast majority of all Crimson Tide fans, are confident that Saban will make the right hiring decision.
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However, there’s a chance Saban’s top pick will say no. Maybe some of them already have. So what happens if Joe Brady doesn’t want to leave the NFL and Dan Mullen isn’t ready to return as an assistant and Jeff Lebby just doesn’t want to leave Oklahoma and Kliff Kingsbury isn’t coming back to the States anytime soon? ?
Many of us are hoping that Saban will reach out to Brian Johnson. But what if Johnson, like Brady, doesn’t want to leave the NFL?
Where would Plan E, F, and G lead the search for the Alabama Football Offensive Coordinator? There are several other potential candidates. There’s Wake Forest OC, Warren Ruggiero, or Utah OC, Andy Ludwig. Greg Roman, with a lot of NFL experience, is unemployed. There are other capable candidates that we fans may not have considered.
In the end, Nick Saban will get a man he wants, and Alabama Football will be fine.
When the new OK is hired, any of us disappointed with the choice might ponder the lyrics to an old but famous song — “You can’t always get what you want… but… you might find that you do.” get what you need. ” Thank you, Mick Jagger. And for those who don’t know, Nick Saban is a fan of The Rolling Stones.