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Update on Alabama OC Bill O’Brien heading into the offseason

Bill O'Brien giving signals to Alabama quarterbacks during spring practice for Alabama in 2021
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

We are now in the offseason for Alabama football after the Crimson Tide earned a 45-20 victory over Kansas State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Tide fans are interested in what happens to offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien. He served two seasons as Alabama’s offensive play caller, helping the team average 40 points per game. He had success, but he also endured criticism for lack of creativity and suspect play-calling in critical moments during his tenure.

O’Brien’s contract expires after Feb. 28, but it will be interesting to see what becomes of his future. According to credible sources, Touchdown Alabama Magazine has been told that O’Brien is not expected to return to the Tide but anything can happen.

O’Brien mentioned his relationships with NFL teams and coaches during his presser at the Sugar Bowl, but many Alabama fans have voiced opinions to not have him back with the Tide. Names such as Garrett Riley (TCU), Joe Brady (Buffalo Bills), and Dan Mullen have been thrown  into the rumor mill.

We shall see what happens, but O’Brien is not expected to return to the Tide.

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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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