Crimson Tide names former Texans head coach O’Brien as OC/QB Coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has been hired by the Alabama Crimson Tide. He has finalized his agreement to become the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

He takes the role that was previously filled by Steve Sarkisian. Following their win in the College Football Playoff National Championship, he took over the Texas Longhorns team.

Former Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien reacts to a call against the Buffalo Bills during the 2020 AFC Wild Card Round playoff game
Bill O’Brien reacts to a call against the Buffalo Bills during the 2020 AFC Wild Card Round playoff game (Getty Images)

“We are pleased and happy to be able to add Bill O’Brien to our coaching staff,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “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.”

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O’Brien reportedly beat out former New York Jets head coach Adam Gase to be their offensive coordinator. Gase was fired by the Jets in the offseason.

Saban will attempt to reviving another damaged coaching career. He has previously done that with Sarkisian, Lane Kiffin, and Brian Daboll.

This is O’Brien’s first college football job since 2013. That season he was in his final season as the Penn State Nittany Lions head coach.

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The 51-year-old was the Texans head coach from 2014 through 2020 before being fired in October. He spent two seasons leading the Nittany Lions.

Before coming to the Nittany Lions, he was employed by the New England Patriots from 2007 through 2011. He also worked for the Duke Blue Devils, Maryland Terrapins, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and the Brown Bears.

O’Brien will be responsible for leading the revamped offense that will be without 2020 Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, Mac Jones, and Najee Harris. Barring no transfer, Bryce Young or Paul Tyson may lead the Crimson Tide attack in 2021.

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“I am honored and excited to join Coach Saban’s staff at The University of Alabama,” O’Brien said. “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.”

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