Report: Alabama football considering former NFL coaches for offensive coordinator vacancy

Will Backus
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football could be targeting two former NFL coaches for its offensive coordinator vacancy,

According to a report from The Athletic, former New York Jets coach Adam Gase and former Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien are both in contention to replace Steve Sarkisian, who left to become the coach for Texas on Jan. 2

Both Gase and O'Brien were fired in the 2020 season, on Jan. 4 and Oct. 5, 2020. 

Gase spent just two seasons with the Jets, leading them to a 9-23 overall record in that span. He also served as the head coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2016-18, with several years of offensive coaching experience before that. 

He was an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach for the Detroit Lions (2005-07), the wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos (2009-14) and the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears in 2015. 

He was also a graduate assistant under Nick Saban at LSU in 2000, and was a student at Michigan State while Saban coached there in the 1990's.

O'Brien was Houston's coach from 2014-20, and the team's general manager in 2020. He owns an overall record of 52-48 with four playoff appearances. 

Prior to his stint in Houston, O'Brien was the coach at Penn State from 2012-13 Posting a 15-9 (10-6 Big 10) overall record. 

O'Brien got his start at Brown in 1993 as the tight ends coach. Other offensive coaching experience includes Georgia Tech (running backs, 1998-2000, offensive coordinator 2001-2002),  Maryland (running backs, 2003-04), Duke (offensive coordinator, 2005-06), and the New England Patriots, where he coached from 2007-11, including as the offensive coordinator in 2011.