Mercenary assistants will always cut and run so Nick Saban is raising a homegrown army of Alabama connected coaches that will stand in the gap. Nick Saban had former Alabama defensive backs Javier Arenas and Nick Perry on the Alabama football staff as analysts last year.
They were joined by Alabama football alumni Josh Chapman, my personal hero Glen Coffee, Denzel Devall and funnyman Rob Ezell who also had positions on Saban’s staff. Rounding out the group of former Tide players who are currently working under Nick Saban is Jake Long, Kindal Moorehead and Tyler Owens. Sure, lots of programs bring in former players as analysts but no other program produces coaching promotions like Alabama in the Nick Saban era.
Nick Saban just recently hired a pair of former Alabama football standouts on and off the field in Sal and Vinnie Sunseri and it is being reported that the hiring of Alabama native Charles Kelly is all but decided. We’re not going to count Steve Sarkisian’s single game calling plays as Alabama ties but you get the picture.
This massive coaching turnover didn’t catch Nick Saban by surprise like the rest of us. The young and agressive recruiters with limited play calling experience experiment that he conducted in 2018 is over. Nick Saban is going to grow his own coaches and, in the mean time, pepper his staff with assistants who have Alabama ties in order to mitigate the amount of damage control he has to do in the off season.
…and to free up time for recruiting –
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…because the machine he has built in Tuscaloosa still needs fuel to burn defenses with next fall. Roll Tide.