Nick Saban's next offensive coordinator? Fired NFL head coach reportedly in Tuscaloosa
Bill O’Brien is a well-respected offensive-minded coach. Alabama coach Nick Saban is looking for a new offensive coordinator. But whether those two facts are related is still up for further explanation as O’Brien was reportedly in Tuscaloosa on Sunday.
Shannon B. Terry, founder of 247Sports, reported that O’Brien was in T-town, but unsure if it’s in an official capacity. O’Brien was fired from the Houston Texans after an 0-4 start this season.
Once O’Brien became Houston’s general manager, he received nearly universal criticism when he traded superstar receiver DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona for running back David Johnson and draft picks. O’Brien was in his seventh season in Houston where he compiled a 52-48 record. He won the AFC South four times in his tenure, including the past two years.
At Penn State, O’Brien took over the program in wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and in two seasons in 2012 and 2013 went a combined 15-9.
O’Brien previously was an assistant with the New England Patriots, but also coached in college at his alma mater, Brown, as well as Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke.
Bill O’Brien (former Texans HC, Penn State HC, and Patriots OC) is in Tuscaloosa today. No clue if it’s in an official capacity, but interesting nonetheless.
— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) January 3, 2021