Operating backs coach Burton Burns has been with Nick Saban at Alabama since Day 1.
The remainder of the offensive employees? Not a lot.
Nowadays, the second-longest tenured offensive coach in Tuscaloosa is Brent Key, who was employed to steer the offensive line solely previous to final season — three,330 days after Saban’s introductory information convention in 2007.
You see, for all of the speak about Lane Kiffin’s awkward goodbye and Steve Sarkisian’s swift exit, it’s value noting simply how totally different all the offensive employees might be this season, not simply coordinator.
Mario Cristobal, who spent 4 seasons as offensive line, tackles and tight ends coach, is gone. So is Billy Napier, who was an offensive analyst in 2011 earlier than returning as receivers coach in 2013.
New offensive coordinator/QB coach Brian Daboll hasn’t labored with Saban since his two years as a graduate assistant at Michigan State within the late ’90s. Receivers coach/co-OC Mike Locksley had no familiarity with Saban till he came to visit as an offensive analyst previous to final season. And whereas tight ends/particular groups coach Joe Pannunzio was Saban’s director of soccer operations from 2011-14, he by no means has been a coach on the sector with him.
Organizationally, it’s one thing of a brand new day.
Schematically, issues might go in a brand new course as nicely.
Whereas a shift again to the Jim McElwain/Doug Nussmeier conservative offensive days doesn’t appear doubtless, neither does a continuation of the Kiffin/Sarkisian mannequin of spreading the sector and going up-tempo. Perhaps the offense might be someplace within the center, reaching again to extra of these professional-fashion ideas that Alabama’s dynasty was constructed upon.
Locksley, who was most just lately the offensive coordinator and interim head coach at Maryland, has probably the most expertise with the unfold mannequin, whereas a lot of Pannunzio’s expertise as a coach has are available primarily professional-fashion offenses, most lately at Miami from 2006-10. Then there’s Daboll, who was definitely professional-type in his strategy as a coordinator within the NFL from 2009-12 however did slightly little bit of every part as tight ends coach with the Patriots.
New England, beneath coach Invoice Belichick, isn’t one factor on offense. One week, Tom Brady may throw the ball 60 occasions. The subsequent week, it could be LeGarrette Blount dashing the ball 35 occasions. Scheme is predicated on matchups, and most of the time it resulted in a win for the Pats.
At Alabama, nevertheless, personnel may drive Daboll’s hand towards operating the soccer.
Jalen Hurts, who gained SEC Offensive Participant of the Yr as a real freshman final season, proved that he’s a a lot better runner than he’s a passer at this level in his profession. At tailback, there’s a wealth of expertise with Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough, Joshua Jacobs and B.J. Emmons all again. That’s to not point out the addition of 5-star prospect Najee Harris, who enrolled early and will get a handful of touches per recreation.
Holding everybody concerned isn’t going to be straightforward.
Daboll will play a task in these selections, and the work of Locksley and Pannunzio will affect the standard of the operating recreation, in fact.
It’s ironic that in a yr by which there so many new faces on offense that probably the most acquainted face, Burns, could have arguably probably the most fascinating job to handle.