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PODCAST: Will Steve Sarkisian win a national championship in year two at Alabama?

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Continuity is starting to happen on Nick Saban’s coaching staff at Alabama, as Steve Sarkisian remains at offensive coordinator and Butch Jones got promoted.

Also, the Crimson Tide attracted help on defense in hiring Charlie Strong as analyst. When it comes to offense, the coordinators under Saban stepped their game up in year two.

Jim McElwain helped Alabama to a national championship in his second season (2009) and Lane Kiffin followed suit in the 2015 campaign.

Sarkisian has had success with managing quarterbacks and offenses – since his time with the USC Trojans – however, he has not won a national title since 2003.  

After having a group that averaged 47.2 points per game (most under Saban) last year, the 45-year-old is ready to hoist a championship again.

Sarkisian will have a strong quarterback room, headlined by Mac Jones and a talent five-star in Bryce Young that everyone wants to see.  

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The Crimson Tide also has Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson.

Sarkisian returns a stable of running backs and two dynamic weapons at receiver in DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle.  

To add with the excitement, Alabama will potentially have one of its best offensive lines of the Saban era. He’s been awesome when he has had the talent, and Sarkisian will have it in spades this season. In last week’s airing of In My Own Words, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine talks on the Tide keeping Sarkisian and promoting Butch Jones.  

I also dissect how Sarkisian will not allow a national title to pass him by again. 

Check out the video below. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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