Alabama football finalizing understanding with Bill O’Brien to be Crimson Tide’s descent coordinator, sources say

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Alabama is finalizing a understanding with former Houston Texans manager Bill O’Brien to be a Crimson Tide’s subsequent descent coordinator, sources told ESPN.

O’Brien was in a Alabama football formidable Wednesday. He also spent time around a group final week heading adult to a College Football Playoff National Championship game.

Saban was asked about O’Brien on Wednesday during a Zoom news discussion heading adult to a proclamation of a Bear Bryant Coach of a Year Award, that Saban won after Wednesday night.

Saban praised O’Brien’s physique of work and called him an superb coach, and nonetheless Saban didn’t strictly announce O’Brien as Alabama’s new descent coordinator, he pronounced that O’Brien would “do a good pursuit with a players here.”

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  • Saban added, “I’ve always attempted to have a best believe and knowledge we can for a players and their development, and we positively consider [O'Brien] can minister to that in a really certain way.”

    O’Brien, who also served as a Texans’ ubiquitous manager final year, was dismissed 4 games into a 2020 season. That’s after heading a Texans to playoff appearances in 4 of his initial 6 seasons in Houston.

    O’Brien, 51, replaces Steve Sarkisian, who left Alabama to take a Texas head-coaching job.

    While his many new coaching knowledge was in a NFL, O’Brien also has a prolonged story of coaching in college. He was Penn State’s conduct manager in 2012-13, assisting to reconstruct a module following a Jerry Sandusky liaison and NCAA sanctions that followed. O’Brien was Duke’s descent coordinator in 2005-06 and Georgia Tech’s descent coordinator in 2001-02.

    Similar to Saban, O’Brien also has clever ties to Bill Belichick and coached underneath Belichick with a New England Patriots for 5 seasons from 2007 to ’11, a final deteriorate as a Patriots’ descent coordinator.

    O’Brien will be Saban’s seventh opposite descent coordinator, going behind to Jim McElwain, who left following a 2011 deteriorate to take a Colorado State head-coaching job.

    Saban also has an descent line position to fill on his staff, as Kyle Flood is going with Sarkisian to Texas to be a Longhorns’ descent coordinator/offensive line coach, sources reliable to ESPN.

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