Question of the Day: What would Butch Jones bring to Alabama staff?
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — We’re pushing through the early part of the offseason after Alabama’s championship run, and we’re here to answer any questions you may have.
The players are locked in on the spring semester while the coaching staff is looking ahead to the 2019 recruiting cycle.
Here’s our question of the day — go here for other Alabama football and recruiting questions and answers.
What would Butch Jones bring to Alabama’s coaching staff?
In case you missed it, all signs point toward Nick Saban hiring former Tennessee coach Butch Jones to the Crimson Tide coaching staff as an analyst. Jones was spotted wearing Alabama gear at the Crimson Tide’s pro day on Wednesday.
Asked at Alabama’s pro day whether he has hired Jones, Saban told reporters the following:
“You know, I don’t know where that is. We have issues that we have to go through to be able to hire somebody from another school. I haven’t gotten a report on where that is right now. We are interested in him being a part of our staff.”
Jones didn’t have much success against Saban’s Alabama teams while at Tennessee, losing all five games against the Tide during his tenure there. Still, Saban has a lot of respect for Jones. Saban is no stranger to bringing in coaches who have been fired as analysts or for on-field positions. Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian and others have rehabbed their images in Tuscaloosa before going on to other jobs.
“He’s got a lot of experience. We always had a lot of respect for him when we had to play against him, so, that’s probably why we’re interested.” — Saban on Jones
Bringing on Jones or any former head coach as an analyst should only be viewed as a positive. For the most part, analysts spend their time breaking down film to help streamline the process for on-field coaches.
Saban is the king of picking the brains of other coaches and taking some of their ideas to implement into his system where he sees fit. It’s easy to make fun of a guy like Jones, but if Saban gives him the stamp of approval it’d be a big boost to his career.