Alabama is finalizing a take care of former Houston Texans coach Invoice O’Brien to be the Crimson Tide’s subsequent offensive coordinator, sources advised ESPN.
O’Brien was within the Alabama soccer advanced on Wednesday. He additionally spent a while across the crew final week main as much as the Faculty Soccer Playoff nationwide championship sport.
Saban was requested about O’Brien on Wednesday throughout a Zoom press convention main up the announcement of the Bear Bryant Coach of the 12 months Award, which Saban received later Wednesday evening.
Saban praised O’Brien’s physique of labor and known as him an impressive coach, and though Saban did not formally announce O’Brien as Alabama’s new offensive coordinator, he mentioned that O’Brien would “do an excellent job with our gamers right here.”
Saban added, “I’ve all the time tried to have the very best data and expertise I can for our gamers and their growth, and I actually assume (O’Brien) can contribute to that in a really optimistic method.”
O’Brien, who additionally served because the Texans’ basic supervisor final yr, was fired 4 video games into the 2020 season. That is after main the Texans to playoff appearances in 4 of his first six seasons in Houston.
O’Brien, 51, replaces Steve Sarkisian, who left Alabama to take the Texas head teaching job.
Whereas his most up-to-date teaching expertise was within the NFL, O’Brien additionally has an extended historical past of teaching within the collegiate ranks. He was Penn State’s head coach in 2012-13, serving to to rebuild this system following the Jerry Sandusky scandal and NCAA sanctions that adopted. O’Brien was Duke’s offensive coordinator in 2005-06 and Georgia Tech’s offensive coordinator in 2001-02.
Much like Saban, O’Brien additionally has robust ties to Invoice Belichick and coached underneath Belichick with the New England Patriots for 5 seasons from 2007-11, the ultimate season because the Patriots’ offensive coordinator.
O’Brien will probably be Saban’s seventh completely different offensive coordinator going again to Jim McElwain, who left following the 2011 season to take the Colorado State head teaching job.
Saban additionally has an offensive line place to fill on his employees, as Kyle Flood goes with Sarkisian to Texas to be the Longhorns’ offensive coordinator/offensive line coach, sources confirmed to ESPN.