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Jalen Milroe reveals what he meant by Bill O’Brien comment at the Rose Bowl

Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe celebrates with fans after winning the Iron Bowl
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Jalen Milroe caused a major reaction during Alabama’s preparation for the Rose Bowl Game against Michigan.

He had a comment in media availability about how former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator, Bill O’Brien, said he should not be a quarterback. Some took the comment as O’Brien being the biggest naysayer for Milroe to L.A.N.K., however, others took it as Milroe possibly taking a shot at O’Brien. Milroe, a rising junior, was recently at a Tristar Production event in Houston, Texas.

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He had an opportunity to clear up what he said during bowl prep at that time.

Milroe was transparent in the moment, but he did appreciate all that O’Brien did for him.

“The biggest thing for me is I try to learn and grow as much as possible,” Milroe said. “I never dwell on any situation, but I use it as motivation. You have to acknowledge what are some things you have learned through your process. I learned a lot with Coach O’Brien being my offensive coordinator, with his knowledge of the game, with his time being a head coach in college and also in the NFL, so I don’t take that lightly being coached by him. But, everything is motivation. You try to use it as fuel for your journey.”

Milroe said his journey as a quarterback is not done.

“I do acknowledge what it took to be where I am at right now,” he said. “It’s hard work, and I do want to appreciate him [Coach O’Brien] for what he meant to me and my motivation.”

O’Brien has returned to college football as the offensive coordinator for Ohio State. He spent one season in the National Football League with his return to the New England Patriots in 2023. Things did not work out, so O’Brien is back in college football.

Milroe uses O’Brien as motivation, and we’ll see how motivated Milroe will be in the fall.

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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.

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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