Who will replace Bill O’Brien?

Bill O’Brien was hired as the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots after two years as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Alabama Football, according to multiple reports. He was also listed on the Patriots’ staff for the East-West Shrine Bowl.

The Crimson Tide must hire their third offensive coordinator in five seasons. Texas coach Steve Sarkisian served as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator in 2019 and 2020.

As for the next offensive coordinator, four of the last five, O’Brien, Sarkisian, Mike Locksley and Lane Kiffin have used the Alabama job as a rebound. Also, three of the last four had last trained in the NFL.

With those patterns in mind, here are some candidates that might make sense for coach Nick Saban as the next offensive coordinator.

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Jason Garrett, former New York Giants offensive coordinator/Dallas Cowboys coach

Garrett had never coached before when Saban decided to hire him as his quarterbacks coach with the Miami Dolphins.

While at the Senior Bowl for a year, Saban kept hearing that he needed to speak to Garrett, who was serving as Troy Aikman’s backup in Dallas. That is what Saban did. And he hired Garrett.