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OPINION: Potential names that could replace Bill O’Brien at Alabama

Bill O'Brien watches warmups ahead of national championship
Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

It is starting to look more like Bill O’Brien will not be retained at Alabama after the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

His contract as offensive coordinator expires after Feb. 28, 2023. After two seasons under Nick Saban, the 71-year-old head coach appears to be content with letting O’Brien’s contract run out and parting ways mutually. We have seen several reports from NFL insiders, citing sources that O’Brien returns to the pros. Most have the 53-year-old reuniting with Bill Belichick in New England.

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No matter where O’Brien goes, Alabama fans want to know who will be the replacement. After discussing the conversation with a few credible sources, here are some names — that in my opinion — getting consideration to serve as offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide next season.

Primary Candidates

-Joe Brady, QB coach for Buffalo Bills

-Garrett Riley, OC for TCU Horned Frogs

Summary: Joe Brady and Garrett Riley are the most attractive names to replace O’Brien as offensive coordinator.

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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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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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