Bill O'Brien on NFL rumors: 'I've made a commitment to Coach Saban'
Bill O’Brien is happy where he is.
The Alabama offensive coordinator admits he’s had some overtures to return to the NFL, but he’s content with staying in Alabama right now.
O’Brien, 52, said during Alabama’s media day on Sunday that he’s committed to Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide (via On3 Sports):
“I’ve been doing this a long time and I’ve had various roles in coaching, so obviously those things come up,” O’Brien said. “The players, the coaching staff has been a really good experience. I’ve learned a lot and I’m very appreciative to coach for giving me this opportunity.”
Don’t expect the overtures for O’Brien to stop anytime soon. The Massachusetts native saw his profile grow considerably when he was a primary assistant for Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots from 2007-11.
He took the head coaching job at Penn State and went 15-9 over two seasons with the Nittany Lions despite having limited scholarships as a return of the Gerry Sandusky scandal/coverup prior to his arrival.
O’Brien left Penn State after the 2013 to take the head coaching job with the Houston Texans. He had a record of 52-48 in six-plus seasons, winning the AFC South Division four times. He was fired four games into the 2020 season.
Are Alabama fans happy that O’Brien is staying? Would he be considered a possible replacement for Saban when the time comes?