Alabama football fans may get their wish if Bill O’Brien takes an NFL head-coaching job.
Despite playing for a national title, Alabama football fans have not exactly been the biggest supporters of new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.
The longtime Houston Texans head coach replaced Steve Sarkisian on Nick Saban’s staff this offseason. Though Bryce Young became the first Crimson Tide quarterback to win a Heisman Trophy running O’Brien’s offense, his play-calling at times has driven the fanbase mad. Fortunately for them, he is a candidate to be the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
O’Brien had great success in the same AFC South division as Jacksonville. Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Bryon Leftwich have strong Jaguars ties and are candidates to replace Urban Meyer as well. Chances are, one of these three candidates will end up getting the job to coach Trevor Lawrence in Jacksonville.
Alabama football: Bill O’Brien a candidate to become next Jaguars head coach
From a schematic and winning standpoint, O’Brien was an excellent head coach in Houston. He won the AFC South four times in five years. However, once he became the team’s general manager, it led to his undoing and eventual termination from the Texans organization mid-season last year. O’Brien can coach, but should not be trusted to play a part in the team-building process.
As far as how Alabama should feel about this, it should be mixed. O’Brien is not for long in Tuscaloosa because that is how the Nick Saban Coaching Rehabilitation Clinic is supposed to work. However, three offensive coordinators in as many years is tough on any program, even the reigning dynasty of college football that is Alabama. If O’Brien does leave, that is what will happen.
Ultimately, the Crimson Tide have a national title to win. They are facing an imposing Georgia football team in the national title bout, a team that got embarrassed by Alabama in the SEC Championship Game a little over a month ago. The last thing Saban needs is for his offensive coordinator to be a distraction. Georgia dealt with this with Dan Lanning heading to Oregon.
O’Brien was never expected to be a mainstay in Tuscaloosa, but Alabama fans should be careful for what they wish for.