Sometimes, life comes at you suddenly.
Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has been named the Atlanta Falcons’ next coordinator, the team announced Tuesday.
One game in Tuscaloosa. That’s all.
Multiple sources have confirmed to SB Nation that after meetings with Alabama head coach Nick Saban following the Championship, the relationship between Saban and Sarkisian deteriorated amid disagreements in “system philosophy,” per one source. Both parties planned to move on following Signing Day last Wednesday, and Saban was aware of Sarkisian’s contact with the Falcons.
One source described the problems between Sarkisian and Saban as “too similar” to the relationship between Saban and former coordinator Kiffin.
“There was an effort on Saban’s part not to repeat the same problem. This wasn’t going to work out,” a source close to Sarkisian told SB Nation.
The “same problem” covers lots of possibilities. We talking personal issues on top of coaching philosophy conflicts? Inquiring minds want to know. If it’s the just the latter, where does Saban want to take the ‘Bama offense going forward?
This is how you know you’re at a completely different level from everyone else playing the game.
Parks is rated on the 247Sports Composite as the No. 7 weak-side defensive end in the class of 2017, the No. 93 player overall and the No. 17 prospect in the state of Florida. He’s listed at about 6’3 and 250 pounds. He has at least 32 scholarship offers, including from the highest tiers of each Power 5 conference.
Great prospect, right? Um… he’s not signing anywhere today. Because?
On the riches scale, that falls somewhere between ridiculous and obscene.
One little note in this Roll Bama Roll post on Alabama’s (yet again) impressive recruiting class:
||9 INT (2 pick-6) as a JR. 7 INT, 2 kicks returned for TDs as a SR. The lone Georgia product in this class.
I know Smart’s gone, so a certain amount of drop off for ‘Bama in this state shouldn’t be a surprise. But one measly Georgia signee in another strong Alabama class? After all, it’s not as if Jeremy Pruitt wasn’t combing Georgia for kids before he showed up in Tuscaloosa.
Hell, if this keeps up, I may stop caring about seeing Saban’s face at a future Kickoff Classic.
Not many head coaches could lose three assistants in an offseason and not miss a beat, but I doubt that slows Nick Saban down much.
Alabama has lost a third offensive assistant since capturing its 26th Southeastern Conference football championship in early December.
Receivers coach Billy Napier, the former Murray County High School and Furman University quarterback, left the Crimson Tide this past weekend to become the new offensive coordinator at Arizona State. Napier replaces Chip Lindsey, who left the Sun Devils for the same role at Auburn nine days ago…
Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin was named Florida Atlantic’s head coach on Dec. 13, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban tabbed offensive analyst Steve Sarkisian as Kiffin’s successor four days later. Offensive tackles and tight ends coach Mario Cristobal left to become Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator on Jan. 13, and Saban named offensive analyst Mike Locksley to the full-time staff three days after that.
The Laner may be a little overrated as a recruiter, but Cristobal and Napier are anything but. Still, Saban doesn’t sound all that concerned. Having a deep bench at analyst helps, I suppose.
In case you’ve forgotten the somewhat checkered history of the newest member of Nick Saban’s coaching staff, here’s a helpful summary.
The coaching doesn’t matter that much either if you can recruit.
Man, you know the toughest part of interviewing for the AD job at ‘Bama is that first meeting with Nick Saban.
(I’m pretty sure I keed, I keed there. Pretty sure.)
Analyze Alabama’s status after narrowly losing the national title game at your peril. In the meantime, consider this:
On top of that, there is a huge climb for any SEC team to remotely challenge Bama right now. No team in the conference had less than four losses and no team other than Bama won 10 games. Bama can take a step back and still be two steps ahead of anyone in the conference. They are doing a pretty good impression of Florida State in the 1990s, with the rest of the SEC playing the part of the ACC minnows.
Within the conference, the question isn’t whether Alabama has slid a bit lately. It’s whether it’s slid less than any other SEC school lately. For the moment, it’s pretty obvious what the answer to that question is.