With Steve Sarkisian leaving to take the head coaching job at Texas, Nick Saban and Alabama have an opening at offensive coordinator. Bruce Feldman is reporting that two candidates for the job are Bill O'Brien and Adam Gase, who were both fired as NFL head coaches this season:
Saban's Alabama has served as a spot for down-and-out coaches to rehabilitate their reputations.
This is not necessarily a commentary about who would be a better fit for the job, but you'd think that Adam Gase would benefit from it more than Bill O'Brien. Gase had five seasons as an NFL head coach. After going 10-6 in his first year with the Dolphins, his teams in Miami and New York combined to go 22-42 in the last four years. Prior to being a head coach, Gase had a strong track record as offensive coordinator with the Bears and Broncos.
O'Brien may have made some dreadful personnel decisions when he got control of the Houston Texans' front office, but he made the playoffs four times and won two postseason games. O'Brien was also a successful head coach in the college ranks at Penn State before leaving for the Texans job. So you'd think he'd be an easy candidate on that carousel sooner or later.
If you're an Alabama fan, which of these two would you prefer?