Give Nick Saban all of your castoff coaches and he’ll mold them back into championship-producing winners. At least that appears to be the plan at Alabama in recent seasons.
According to a report from FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman, you can add recently fired Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner to the list of rehab projects for Saban. The Crimson Tide is expected to add Werner to its staff as an offensive analyst.
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But perhaps more useful to Saban than his knowledge of offense is Werner’s insight on how to beat the Crimson Tide defense. Werner engineered an offense that helped the Rebels to victories over the Crimson Tide in 2014 and 2015.
Werner found himself on the outside looking in at Ole Miss after a disappointing 5-7 season under Hugh Freeze in Oxford. Phil Longo replaces Werner on the Rebels coaching staff.
Werner recently found himself in the news for his unwavering support of Freeze amid an uncomfortable NCAA investigation into the Ole Miss program that has led to a 2017 bowl ban with more penalties potentially to come.
The potential hiring of Werner has been rumored for some time, and comes on the heels of similar high-profile hires for offensive analyst roles at Alabama. Former head coaches Mike Locksley and Steve Sarkisian, among others, have spent time as analysts on Saban’s staff in recent seasons.