Who are possible candidates to become Alabama’s next offensive coordinator?

After being expected for months, Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien was hired in the same role for the New England Patriots on Tuesday.

This is the fifth time in the past seven seasons that Alabama has had a new offensive coordinator. Three of the four previous appointments in that span came from the NFL in Brian Daboll (2017), Steve Sarkisian (2019) and O’Brien (2021), although both Sarkisian and O’Brien came from extensive college backgrounds.

With Alabama’s play-caller position now vacant, here are some of the available candidates that Alabama might consider replacing him:

Oklahoma offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby: The Sooners freshman offensive coordinator has experience coaching two high-speed offenses under Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss (2020-21) and Josh Heupel at UCF (2018-19) after playing in Baylor’s system from 2008-16. Nick Saban changed his offense nearly 10 years ago because of what then-Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze did to beat him, and Tennessee’s performance under Heupel suggests Saban could be looking for something similar in Alabama.

Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks Coach Joe Brady: Brady was a little-known young assistant who spent a season at LSU in 2019, helping coach Joe Burrow to an unbeaten season and a national title. That got him a job as Matt Rhule’s offensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers, but he was fired before the end of his sophomore season. He spent this season with the Bills and will reportedly be interviewing for the New York Jets offensive coordinator position.

New York Giants quarterbacks coach Shea Tierney: The former Alabama analyst followed Daboll to the Bills in 2018 and played a behind-the-scenes role in developing Josh Allen. He then followed Daboll back to the New York Giants, who made it to the NFL playoffs that season.

Ole Miss Offensive Coordinator/QBs Coach Charlie Weis Jr.: He was the 2015-16 offensive analyst for Alabama under Kiffin as offensive coordinator and then spent a 2017 season with the Atlanta Falcons with Steve Sarkisian. He returned to Kiffin as Florida Atlantic’s offensive coordinator in 2018 and 2019, rejoining Kiffin at Ole Miss after a stint with USF last season. Regardless of any dynamic that would come into play with a coordinator moving from one SEC school to another, Weis has a background in Saban’s system.

Former Florida coach Dan Mullen: If Alabama wants to go the veteran route, Mullen is one of the more veteran coaches to have stayed out of coaching this past season. His calling card was Mississippi State development for Dak Prescott, and his Florida offense with Kyle Trask caused problems for Alabama in the 2020 SEC Championship game.

Former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman: The longtime NFL assistant has brief collegiate experience with Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and would be an unconventional associate for Saban. If Saban wants to run a spread, fast offense, hiring Roman, whose NFL offense with the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens were compact and run-heavy, doesn’t make much sense.

Former New York Jets coach Adam Gase: Gase, a former student assistant under Saban at Michigan State and a graduate assistant at LSU, spent the last two seasons away from coaching after being fired from the New York Jets. He was reportedly considered with O’Brien two years ago to be hired by Alabama.

Former Dallas Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett: Garrett, another veteran unemployed coach, was Saban’s quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins in 2005 and 2006.

Former Arizona Cardinals Coach Kliff Kingsbury: After being fired by the Cardinals earlier this month, Kingsbury said Fox sports He bought a one-way plane ticket to Thailand and turned down NFL job offers. But if his thinking changed, Kingsbury would be an intriguing option for Alabama if it wanted to take on the common offense that made Kingsbury a successful collegiate coach, guiding Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M and Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech.

Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @micerodak.

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