Stop us if you’ve heard this before, Alabama fans: the Buffalo Bills have hired someone from Nick Saban’s coaching staff, this time now-former analyst Shea Tierney, according to a report by AL.com.
Tierney is the third Alabama staff member to be hired by the Bills this offseason. The Tuscaloosa-to-Buffalo pipeline began in January when the Bills hired Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to the same position on Sean McDermott’s staff. Daboll then hired Alabama staff William Vlachos last week.
Tierney had worked for the Crimson Tide since 2016 when he was hired as an offensive analyst. Tierney was previously a member of the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff, where he worked for four years, meaning his hiring by the Bills is actually a return to the NFL.
During his time at Alabama, Tierney worked closely with newly-named offensive coordinator Mike Locksley on the offensive side of the ball under both Daboll and the since-departed Lane Kiffin.
Like many analysts on Nick Saban’s staff, Tierney is seen as a potential future head coach. Like Locksley and others, he was probably overqualified for his role as an offensive analyst, but the opportunity to work for Saban and get a job at Alabama on one’s resume can make a huge difference for coaches looking to move up the ladder.
Tierney’s job with the Bills is a bit unclear at this time, as he’s only been given the title of ‘offensive assistant’ thus far. Still, this seems to be a clear step up for Tierney, meaning that his time in Tuscaloosa was well spent.