Nick Saban should consider hiring Shaun Dion Hamilton for his defensive staff

Is it time for Nick Saban to reinvest in the University of Alabama’s football program with players he coached?

He started out having Josh Chapman and Denzel Devall on staff, and now Jamey Mosley has joined as a research assistant.

Vinnie Sunseri, Javier Arenas and Glen Coffee came back to help but none stayed long.

Ha’Sean “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix returns to Crimson Tide in a player development role; but who else could Coach Saban get to have energy in the house? He must consider having Shaun Dion Hamilton on his defensive coaching staff.

Hamilton, 27, is from Montgomery, Alabama. He was a star football player for Carver High School and Saban recruited him as a linebacker for the Tide.

Hamilton played as a four-star contender from 2014-17, helping the team to three Southeastern Conference Championships (2014-16) and two College Football Playoff National Championships (2015 and 2017). He suffered injuries during his tenure, but Hamilton displayed toughness, physicality, discipline, hard work and high intelligence. He focuses on small details and works to assemble a finished product. Hamilton joined the Detroit Lions coaching staff in 2022 after being dropped from the team.

Lions head coach Dan Campbell saw Hamilton’s value as a coach and wanted him to help the players.

Hamilton helped the Lions have a winning season (9-8) and nearly an NFL playoff berth as a defensive assistant. He changes the narrative in Detroit, but Saban is able to use some of his dominant defense to restore respect. Hamilton played in Saban’s process, saw it work for him with two national championships and got him into the National Football League.

He would infuse his former college coach with a young, innovative spirit to work with on defense. Hamilton would bring in plans from the pros that could help Saban return the Alabama defense to elite style. If Alabama wants to be Alabama again, Saban needs to reinvest in the program by recruiting former players.

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Stephen M. Smith is the senior editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him. Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.