Alabama reportedly losing staffer Joe Houston, aka the 'kicking whisperer'
When Bill Belichick needs a special teams assistant, there’s one place he apparently checks first before making a hire.
Years after hiring Joe Judge off Nick Saban’s Alabama coaching staff, Judge took the New York Giants head coaching position this offseason after spending several years working under Belichick in New England, the Patriots are reportedly set to lure another Crimson Tide special teams assistant to the NFL.
According to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, Alabama assistant special teams coordinator Joe Houston is leaving Alabama for New England. Houston joined Nick Saban’s staff just a year ago after serving as an assistant coaching special teams at Iowa State.
If you aren’t familiar with the name Joe Houston, you may know his nickname — the former USC placer kicker has been known to be called the “kicking whisperer” in coaching circles.
Alabama placekickers Joseph Bulovas and Will Reichard made just 12 of their 18 attempts last season during Houston’s time with the Crimson Tide. Of course, the biggest miss of the season came in the Iron Bowl, as Bulovas missed a 30-yard attempt that would have tied Alabama’s matchup with Auburn with two minutes remaining.
The Crimson Tide never got the ball back in the game and lost the Iron Bowl 48-45.
Whatever Houston whispered down in Tuscaloosa last season doesn’t appear to have worked too well for the team’s struggling kickers.