Report: Alabama is expected to hire Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator

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Bill O’Brien must really love coaching. He will go from being an NFL General Manager and head coach to a job as an assistant coach in college football.

Alabama has interviewed O’Brien to replace Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator and will announce the hiring in the next few days, Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reports. Sarkisian is leaving to become the head coach at the University of Texas.

The Texans fired O’Brien from both jobs in October after an 0-4 start. O’Brien, hired before the 2014 season, went 52-48 in Houston.

O’Brien, 51, spent two seasons as Penn State’s head coach.

He previously has held the title of offensive coordinator with the Patriots (2011) and at Duke (2005-06) and Georgia Tech (2001-02).

21 responses to “Report: Alabama is expected to hire Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator

  1. You say he must love coaching as if it were an insult. If he didn’t love coaching, why would he be in this business? He’s probably getting paid way more as an Alabama assistant coach than most of us are getting at our jobs, so why throw dirt on the guy?

  2. its the redemption job. any coach can run that offense with the players they get. the inevitable success will convince a program or owner to give him another shot

  3. Bama OC is where coaches go to rehabilitate their name. Lane Kiffin. Sarkisian. Now BoB.

  4. Yea it’s a pretty crappy job, being hired to be the OC of the best offense in college football coming off of a national championship.

    If he does even an average job you will be talking about him on the next NFL coaching hiring cycle.

  5. Bama is a better coordinator job than 80% of the NFL coordinator jobs. At Bama he will always have superior talent to work with and be on a big stage every year. I can think of maybe 3 or 4 jobs in the NFL that will turn to another head coaching job faster.

  6. Well – it’s an easy decision. You go from being a dumba$$ in Houston to instantly being a revered, respected rock star in Alabama.

    To be a coach in Tuscaloosa is better than most any NFL city

  7. Well, he’s never even going to be considered for another GM job so he was going to end of coaching at some level. And given how Saban’s coordinators have been working out that’s probably the quickest path back to a head coaching gig. Only question is going to be if he’ll suffer in comparison because Sark’s offense has been amazing this season.

  8. NFL hear coaches frequently take assistant position the year following their termination. Don’t act like it’s a shock and say he’s desperate cuz Alabama will probably strengthen his resume.

  9. He is an alright coach. One of the worse personnel guys ever. He is one of the reasons, coaches shouldn’t do both. How many are able to? Belichick, Reid, Carroll. Can’t really think of many others in the past 2 decades. I do wonder, now, if Easterby was integral in the whole Hopkins thing. Although O’Brien deserves to be scrutinized as well. McNair is moronic for allowing that.

  10. The start of Bama’s downfall? Why would Saban bring O’Brian in to destroy his offense?

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