Both Bill O’Brien and Adam Gase were shown the door by their respective NFL teams this season, but one of them could land at college football’s top program.
According to Fox Sports reporter Bruce Feldman, Alabama head coach Nick Saban is considering both Gase and O’Brien for his soon-to-be vacant offensive coordinator position.
Gase and O’Brien are considered to be respected offensive coaches despite their shortcomings as head coaches at the highest level.
Gase, 42, actually served as a graduate assistant and recruiting assistant under Saban during his tenure at LSU from 2000-02, but has not been a coach at the college level since then.
While the Jets under Gase ranked in the bottom of every offense category in his two years in New York, he was heralded as an offensive coordinator with the Broncos and Bears and would get the chance to call plays for the top recruits in the country.
O’Brien, 51, was reportedly in Tuscaloosa over the weekend, according to 247Sports founder Shannon B. Terry.
O’ Brien spent the last seven seasons as head coach in Houston, winning the AFC South four times, before he was fired following an 0-4 start this year.
Much of O’Brien’s problems in Houston also stemmed from the fact he was the general manager – and his decision to trade DeAndre Hopkins may have been his ultimate undoing.
The former Texans head coach has plenty of college experience, too, serving as Penn State’s head coach in 2012 and 2013 and worked as an assistant at Brown, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke before joining Bill Belichick – a Saban ally – in New England with the Patriots in 2007.