Nick Saban comments on the hire of new Alabama offensive line coach Doug Marrone
Leave it to Nick Saban to have a few openings on his Alabama coaching staff and be able to fill those positions with two guys that served as NFL head coaches during the 2020 season.
That’s just the latest sign that Saban has the power and influence to fix any coaching career that needs a reboot.
A few days after officially announcing the hire of former Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien as the new offensive coordinator in Tuscaloosa, Alabama has just announced former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has been hired as the new offensive line coach for the Crimson Tide.
“We are extremely fortunate to be able to add Doug Marrone to our staff,” Saban said his new offensive line coach in a released statement. “He knows our new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien well and will do a fantastic job with our offensive line. He has extensive experience as not only an offensive line coach, but also as a head coach at Syracuse and in the NFL with Buffalo and Jacksonville. Doug has an excellent track record for recruiting and developing players. I’m excited about his ability to help our players reach their full potential.”
During the 2017 season, Marrone led the Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game and he was named AFC Coach of the Year recognition from the NFL 101 Awards. Before landing in Jacksonville, Marrone was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills for two seasons and at Syracuse for four seasons.
“I have always admired the programs Coach Saban has built, and I am excited to have the opportunity to join his staff here at Alabama,” Marrone said in a statement. “Coach’s program is the model of consistency, and I am looking forward to helping continue that tradition of success with an exceptional group of players and coaches.”