Alabama is looking for its fourth offensive coordinator in the last 13 months, and that doesn’t surprise Paul Finebaum in the least.
The always opinionated SEC Network personality joined the guys on The Opening Drive at WJOX-FM in Birmingham for his weekly chat on Monday morning, and the search for a new offensive coordinator at Alabama was one of the top items on the list of things worthy of discussion.
Former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll left the Crimson Tide after just one season. It was announced Sunday afternoon that he would take the offensive coordinator role with the Buffalo Bills for the 2018 season. This comes on the heels of a national title win in his first year in Tuscaloosa as the replacement for Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who coached just one game as Lane Kiffin’s replacement before bolting for the NFL himself.
“I always felt like Nick Saban was renting Brian Daboll after that calamity with Kiffin, Sarkisian and him,” Finebaum said when asked if he was surprised by the departure. “If the [national title] game had ended five minutes earlier on Monday night, I probably wouldn’t have cared one way or the other because overall I was not that enthralled with what I saw from him. But since his last call may go down as the best in Alabama history, I’ll give him that.”
Finebaum is, of course, referring to the play call on Tua Tagovailoa’s game-winning touchdown pass in overtime. What a way to go out, right?
So who should the next offensive coordinator be? Finebaum said not to discount current Alabama offensive assistant Mike Locksley.
“I think the team is behind Locksley if I’m reading this correctly from a couple hundred miles away,” Finebaum said. “You have to weigh that very seriously, but you also have to remember who is making this decision.”
When asked if he thought Nick Saban should look for someone who is committed to sticking with the program for an extended period of time after losing three coordinators in a year, Finebaum didn’t seem to think that was a big deal.
“I am not hung up on that,” he said. “This is not a new program where you’re trying to set up a blueprint and you want people to be there for six or seven years. This is a program that is now five national championships in, so I don’t think it’s as critical. But I do think you need to make this new person comfortable with the two quarterbacks.”
You can listen to Finebaum’s complete interview with WJOX-FM here:
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