Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reports that former Jets HC Adam Gase and former Texans HC Bill O’Brien are both under consideration for the Alabama offensive coordinator job under Nick Saban.
The University of Texas just recently hired Steve Sarkisian as their new head coach, which is why Alabama is back in the market.
This job has been a stepping stone for candidates such as Sarkisian, Lane Kiffen and Brian Daboll over the years.
Both Gase and O’Brien were fired this past season from their NFL head-coaching jobs, but it appears as though they could end up in the college ranks.
Gase, 42, began his NFL coaching career with the Lions back in 2003 as a scouting assistant. He spent five years in Detroit before taking a job with the 49ers for the 2008 season.
The Broncos would later hire Gase as their WRs coach and he worked his way up to offensive coordinator before they replaced their coaching staff in 2015. Gase spent a year with the Bears before the Dolphins hired him as their head coach in 2016.
The Dolphins elected to fire Gase after the 2018 season and he managed to secure the Jets’ job soon after.
During his two years with the Jets, Gase has led them to a record of 9-23 (28 percent) and no playoff appearances.
O’Brien, 51, was hired by the Texans back in 2014 after spending a few years at Penn State. O’Brien had one year remaining on his five-year contract when he signed a new five-year contract back in 2018.
During his seven years as Texans’ head coach, O’Brien led the team to a record of 52-48 (52 percent), which includes four trips to the playoffs and a 2-4 postseason record overall.