Nick Saban will hire someone with good credentials as an offensive coordinator to replace Steve Sarkisian, but quality experience as an offensive coordinator–or even play caller–aren’t the top job requirements.
When Saban announces the newest member to his Alabama coaching the key resume line to look at will be success as a quarterbacks coach.
The person who succeeds Sarkisian is going to walk into a quarterbacks meeting room filled with a bunch of kids, the majority of whom aren’t old enough to vote.
Alabama’s depth chart at quarterback in 2017 is going to consist of one true sophomore and two true freshmen.
Yes, there is talent among SEC Offensive Player of the Year Jalen Hurts, 5-star Hawaiian recruit Tua Tagovailoa and Wing-T trained Florida native Mac Jones.
But probably no team in the country, certainly no championship contender, is more in need of a coach who can develop young quarterbacks.
That’s why Saban’s next hire will be much less about coordinating and much more about teaching.
For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.