Candidates for the Alabama offensive coordinator job

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Wednesday January 08, 2014

CBS reports Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has accepted the offensive coordinator job at Michigan.

Would Saban hire Lane Kiffin, who recently spent several days with the Crimson Tide staff in Tuscaloosa? At the time, Nick Saban didn’t particularly understand why it was such a story.

If not, perhaps Mike Groh, Billy Napier, or Frank Scelfo will receive consideration.

Former Alabama wide receivers coach Mike Groh just concluded his first season as the wide receivers coach of the Chicago Bears. A source close to Groh told me recently Groh does have aspirations of calling plays again, as he did earlier in his career at Virginia.

Napier currently coaches the wide receivers at Alabama.  He spent one season at Colorado State, where he coached the quarterbacks under Jim McElwain.  Although the Clemson offense didn’t flourish under Napier as the play-caller, at the end of the day, it was experience that Saban would view as beneficial to his development as a coach.  And let’s be honest, the next play-caller at Alabama isn’t changing much.  In August, Saban was point blank in what he looks for when hiring assistant coaches.

Frank Scelfo is in his first year as the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach.  He served as the offensive coordinator at LA Tech under Derek Dooley.  Scelfo has developed first-round draft picks Patrick Ramsey and JP Losman.  He also developed Nick Foles, the only quarterback in the history of Arizona football to be drafted.  With the departure of AJ McCarron, the development of young quarterbacks at Alabama will be critical.

Outside shot: USC offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Clay Helton. (Saban once offered Helton a position on his staff at LSU, but Helton opted to remain at the University of Memphis.)

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