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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Tiffin, Mar 22, 2016.
Wonder what the chances are that Gattis goes with Locksley?
With the news that Mike Locksley will be the head coach at Maryland next season, Nick Saban and Alabama are now in need of an offensive coordinator for the 2019 season -- the fourth time Saban has had to find a new coordinator in as many years. Below, BamaOnLine has put together a preliminary hot board of potential OC candidates to replace Locksley in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The coaching candidates at Alabama are listed in alphabetical order.
Dan Enos -- Alabama associate head coach / quarterbacks coach
Long regarded as one of the top quarterback mentors in the college game, Enos’ work has been on full display this season. In addition to the historic season Tua Tagovailoa has enjoyed, backup quarterback Jalen Hurts showed just how much he’s improved under Enos during last Saturday’s SEC Championship Game, making impressive throws from both in the pocket and on the move on a pair of fourth-quarter drives the helped UA to its 27th SEC title. Enos also has extensive play calling experience in the SEC, having served in that role at Arkansas from 2015-2017.
Hugh Freeze -- former Ole Miss head coach
There were talks between Freeze and Nick Saban when Alabama had offensive staff openings last offseason. However, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey let it be known that a hiring of Freeze in the immediate aftermath of Freeze’s issues both off the field and with the NCAA during his time at Ole Miss wouldn’t be looked upon favorably by the league office. Less than a year later, Freeze, who was named offensive coordinator for the Arizona Hotshots of the American Alliance of Football in October, has been linked to coordinator openings at Tennessee and Florida State and the head coaching vacancy at Liberty.
Josh Gattis -- Alabama co-offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach
Like Enos, Gattis is already on Alabama’s staff and familiar with the players he would be using next season. The current wide receivers coach for the Crimson Tide, Gattis coaches the same position group at Penn State and was the passing game coordinator for the Nittany Lions. He was the co-offensive coordinator for UA this fall, too. It’s worth noting Saban doesn’t typically promote position coaches to coordinators if they don’t have past experience, but Gattis is a faster riser in the profession and deserves mentioning. He could also join Locksley at Maryland.
Freddie Kitchens -- Cleveland Browns associate head coach / interim offensive coordinator
Since 2006, Kitchens has worked exclusively in the NFL. After stepping in for Todd Haley on an interim basis in Cleveland last month, the former Alabama quarterback has been lauded for his work with 2018 No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. Kitchens worked under Saban at LSU as a graduate assistant in 2000, but, again, his career path has involved the pro game for more than a decade. Depending on how the final month of the regular season goes for the Browns, Kitchens may have a permanent home with the club or become a hot commodity elsewhere.
Chip Long -- Notre Dame offensive coordinator
A native of Alabama, Long is a name that gathered steam after Brian Daboll’s departure last year. A four-year letter winner at tight end for North Alabama (2002-05), Long is currently in his second season calling plays for the Irish. Prior to coaching in South Bend, Long was the OC at Memphis in 2016 and spent four seasons at Arizona State (2012-15) as the recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach. The opportunity would allow him to return to his home state.
Dan Werner -- South Carolina quarterbacks coach
Werner, like Freeze, was on the Ole Miss teams that defeated Alabama in 2014 and 2015, and the former Rebel play-caller spent 2017 season as an offensive analyst for the Crimson Tide before agreeing to coach quarterbacks for Will Muschamp at South Carolina. He also has experience in the booth having served as the offensive coordinator at both Miami and Louisiana Tech.
We are paying Avery like a top 15 coach. What a rip off. He should be fired on the spot after that fucking debacle.
Here is a list of the top 20 head coaches in CBB this year in terms of salary. Get him out of there.
I don't even care who we hire. Just go find an actual coach. I'm tired of seeing the same bullshit every game, every year. Blown leads, can't close, bad losses, turnovers, offensive droughts of 5-6 minutes. I really wanted avery to work but this is no different than the last few coaches luckily Sexton covered it up for a year for our sake.
If Billy Donovan gets relieved of his duties at OKC throw the kitchen sink at him
I think we have the AD that is serious enough about getting this turned around
Norris comes back and we lose in embarrassing fashion hmmm
Hoiberg is already out there as of today and is a stud too
Would fire Avery before he makes it to the locker room to get Hoiberg
Freddie Kitchens has been on every OC “Hot Board” list since 2007.
What's Avery's buyout?
$8mm lol. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if he left, though. Jr is graduating and he kinda has seemed to be looking for a way out since the time he got here.
Things didn’t work out so well the last time you floated a name so maybe just stay out of it.
but also fuck you, guy
Have I missed something in the news about Donovan? The thunder are .5 games out of first in the west
The only concern with Hoiberg was him coming out and saying that he hated recruiting when he got the Bulls job.
Sad news, guys. Leonard, crestfallen following my comment, just jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge. His last words were “I was wrong about Adam Gase.” RIP
The thunder are having a great year so far. Donovan is exceeding expectations at this point even with the Westbrook missing multiple games. Barring an absolute collapse I doubt he's out after this year
Not to mention his wife
He’s definitely coming back
This is comforting considering what we are losing in the front 7. He and Moses should be primed for massive seasons.
Would be nice if Bulletproof and Anfernee return as well. I’m not holding my breath on Deionte, although I do wonder what we do with Diggs with the emergence of Surtain and Shyheim. He has played safety in the past.
I think saivion to safety and surtain/Diggs at corner. Shyheim has been a stud at nickel no reason to move him now
Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking. Either Diggs or Smith have to make a move because I think Shyheim has Star locked down. Although a quick google has Shyheim as McKinney’s backup at safety.
Let’s not forget that Jalen had surgery (albeit minor) six weeks ago. The kid is a human dynamo.
Diggs seems to have more upside af corner than saivion. Just think he lacks speed to be truly elite, but he could make an excellent free safety with good coverage skills and decent size
Yeah, I’m pretty excited about our DB depth next year. Getting Daniel Wright back will be big and hopefully Jobe and McDonald can make some strides. I’m also not on board at all with this bullshit wrt to Christian Williams flipping to LSU. That kid is going to be great.
I’m also very excited about LaBryan Ray. He had a big game in limited action Saturday.
Would be filthy if Raekwon and Mack came back:
I feel like Diggs would be a ball hawk safety.
We’re think Williams is most likely a star, and would prefer to add a more well rounded DB. I think he’s gone if we flip Carter/doesn’t sign on ESD.
Completely done with Avery. I was working late last night and was listening to the 1st half on my way home. Everything sounded good.
Get home, eat a bit and then watched the last 10 minutes. It was pathetic. I think every basket they scored in the last 10 minutes was either an uncontested layup or a dunk. Yet we did nothing different.
The idea that Herb Jones is even a D-League player is absolutely hilarious. He is terrible. And typical Dazon. He shoots over 80% from the FT line all year, and plays a good game, and then misses two clutch FTs at the end.
Webb nuggets from Watts. Reading between those lines, he's going to Georgia.
According to two sources close to the Clemson program Webb cancelled his in-home visit with Dabo Swinney, which would eliminate Clemson. Auburn sources say Malzahn is supposed to go in-home this week, but not sure when. We are keeping an ear to the ground to see if or when that takes place.
This is likely what we thought all along -- Alabama-Georgia battle. As I've maintained for a while now, I think there is too much confusion to make a call. Georgia has been a legitimate threat since this summer and Alabama has been there since Day 1. As of this morning sources close to the UGA program feel "good" about their chances and where they stand. On the Alabama end, sources feel that the home team is very much in it. But one thing for certain is nobody seems to know for sure.
Webb is set to announce on Monday, so there could be tidbits that leak out here and there. We will pass them along as we get them.
I don't follow recruiting much these days. I just assumed when I saw 5* center from Oxford that he'd go to UA or AU. Has Kirby just done a great job with the kid or does he have a link to UGA?
Fairly certain he has a lot of family links to UGA
Both. Well, more Sam Pittman than Kirby, but same idea.
Hahaha needless to say you got your wish
Not trying to save Tua's Heisman but
It's definitely wild. His 6.5 ypc is 3rd all time for Bama RBs. That said, he's looked like the 3rd best back on the team this year, imo.
Just a reminder that JK Scott never won the Ray Guy Award.
Yep. This is also the first season of 10 on-field coaches instead of 9.
Diggs and Surtain probably hold the edge in run D better too. Smith was a liability at times and teams would run right at him. Every long Citadel TD run came on a triple option pitch to his side where he was out of position.
That's pretty fucking sexy if you ask me...
Saivion’s pursuit angles and understanding of run fits would have to get significantly better to play safety.
With bowl practices, offseason work, and spring ball, he’ll have opportunities to improve.
That does worry me though.
I think savion could be a really good safety for us. Might be the best move for him he seemed to be attacked in the secondary when the other teams felt they needed a big play. I could see him being a ball hawk at safety though.
Alabama wide receiver commit John Metchie will be the first 2019 commitment to arrive on campus as he tells BamaOnLine he will enroll at the Capstone by Dec. 15.
"I have my diploma already," Metchie told BOL after stating he would be in Tuscaloosa next week.
The Hightstown (N.J.) product has been committed to the Crimson Tide since July after choosing Bama over Penn State.
The 4-star prospect could be the only wide receiver Alabama takes in 2019 barring any changes.
At 6-foot, 195 pounds, Metchie is rated the No. 41 wide receiver and the No. 289 overall player in the country, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings.
We saw a couple members of the 2018 class join the Tide last December in Saivion Smith and Jarez Parks (grayshirt).
Kinda sucks to miss on Collins, Ross, and Pickens in b2b2b years but oh well we good
I’ll take all 3 guys we took over Collins. We got the top WR, and offensive player on our board, last year, so losing Ross isn’t too bad, and Pickens will be re-recruited in 2 years.
Pickens going juco?