Alabama announces hiring of Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator

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Alabama made Bill O’Brien’s hiring official, naming him offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

The former Texans’ head coach becomes the fifth offensive coordinator the Crimson Tide has had in the past six years.

“We are pleased and happy to be able to add Bill O’Brien to our coaching staff,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a release. “He has a wealth of experience as both an offensive coordinator and head coach in the NFL and college. Bill is one of the brightest offensive minds in football, an outstanding teacher and excellent recruiter. He will strengthen our coaching staff and give our players the best possible chance to be successful.”

O’Brien returns to the college ranks after seven seasons in Houston as head coach and briefly as head coach/General Manager. He went 54-52 with the Texans, who fired him after an 0-4 start this season.

He served as Penn State’s head coach in 2012-13.

“I am honored and excited to join coach Saban’s staff at The University of Alabama,” O’Brien said in the news release. “I have an incredible amount of admiration for the rich football tradition at this university and the success coach Saban has had during his time in Tuscaloosa. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with some of the best football players in the country, while helping to continue the success this program has enjoyed for many years.”

10 responses to “Alabama announces hiring of Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator

  1. IMO college football is the best route for Billy O’Brien to go and what better place to rehabilitate your image than Alabama. It’s a good move. Billy right now is way to toxic to get a NFL HC job. This is a much better way to go. It certainly worked for Kiffin & Sarkisian.

  2. Not gonna happen. He learned a very hard lesson when he let the power go to his head. As did the prior 2 OC’s before taking a job under Saban.

  3. Bama fan here. Not happy with this move at all. Saban can pull whoever he wants, why not find the next young offensive genius and bring him along vs some old NFL retread that left his team in terrible shape? They have a blue-chip QB in Bryce Young they need to ride for the next 2 years and I’m not at all convinced BOB is the guy to maximize his potential.

  4. I’m surprised he could get another job in football after what he did with the Texans. He probably thinks being at ‘Bama for a few years will be a stepping stone to another head coaching job. I’d be surprised if any NFL team would ever be interested in him for anything but a waterboy. What he did to the Texans is almost criminal.

  5. This has UNMITIGATED DISASTER written all over it. Two very stubborn, short tempered guys. This won’t last 2 seasons. Because Saban will realize O’Brien is more BARK than BITE.

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