Alabama last won a national title with Lane Kiffin as its offensive coordinator. And he’d probably be the first person to remind you of that.
The Florida Atlantic head coach was removed from play-calling duties prior to the 2017 national title game against Clemson, which the Tide lost with Steve Sarkisian calling plays.
Brian Daboll is the man in charge of the Crimson Tide offense now, but Kiffin still clearly has a vested interest in the offense comprised primarily of the players he recruited to Tuscaloosa. With the Crimson Tide losing to Georgia, 13-0, at halftime of the 2018 national title game, many Alabama fans were wondering what was going on with the offense.
Count Kiffin among those fans who had questions.
Take a look at his Twitter timeline, which includes a tweet asking “Are we going to actually throw the ball downfield once???” and was followed by a retweet of a “FAU Owl’s Nest” post that more or less pinned the struggles on a lack of Kiffin on the sidelines for Alabama.
Check it out:
To Alabama’s credit, the Crimson Tide made a change at halftime and switched from Jalen Hurts to freshman Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback. The change not only resulted in some positive movement in the passing game, but also in the team’s first touchdown of the game in the third quarter.
Maybe Lane phoned in to Nick during halftime? Probably not, but it’s fun to think about anyway.