Sources told ESPN that Alabama is in the process of reaching an agreement with former Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien to become the next offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide.
O’Brien at the football field in Alabama on Wednesday. Last week, he also spent a lot of time with the team, participating in the college football playoffs national championship game.
Saban was asked about O’Brien at a Zoom press conference on Wednesday, leading to the announcement of the “Brian Bryant Coach of the Year Award”, which Saban won on Wednesday night.
Saban praised O’Brien for his ability to work and called him an excellent coach. Although Saban did not officially announce O̵
Saban added: “I have been working hard to provide the best knowledge and experience for players and their development. Of course I think [O’Brien] You can contribute to this in a very positive way. “
O’Brien, who also served as the general manager of the Texans last year, was fired four games until the 2020 season. That was after he led the Texans to the playoffs in four of his first six seasons in Houston.
O’Brien, 51, succeeds Steve Sarkisian, who left Alabama as the head coach of Texas.
Although his most recent coaching experience is in the NFL, O’Brien has a long history of college coaching. He served as the head coach of Pennsylvania State University in 2012-13 and helped rebuild the program after the Jerry Sandusky scandal and subsequent NCAA sanctions. O’Brien was the offensive coordinator of Duke University in 2005-06 and the offensive coordinator of Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001-02.
Similar to Saban, O’Brien also maintains close ties with Bill Belichick, and under the leadership of Belichick, he has a patriotic relationship with New England. The New England Patriots coached together for five seasons. From 2007 to 2011, this was the last season of the Patriots offensive coordinator.
O’Brien will become Saban’s seventh different offensive coordinator, dating back to Jim McElwain, who left Colorado after the 2011 season , As the head coach.
The source confirmed to ESPN that Saban also has an offensive line position to fill his staff because Kyle Flood and Sarkisian traveled to Texas (Thornton) together as Lang Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for Longhorns.