If you live under a rock or in North Korea or something and missed the news yesterday, I’ll break it for you here: Steve Sarkisian, after only coaching one game as offensive coordinator for Alabama, has left to be the OC for the Atlanta Falcons.
#HotTakes and opinions are mixed across the internet, but I would guess this is a mutually beneficial thing for all parties. Sark gets a job upgrade to play with the most explosive offense in the entire NFL, while Saban removes someone else who won’t run the ball like he wants and get time to find a hand-picked guy for the job.
Obviously, as soon as the new broke, so did the rumors of “Chip Kelly to Alabama!!!!” I don’t think there’s any substance to those rumors outside of just internet speculators doing some speculating. Marc Helfrich is probably the second most common name.
Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like AL.com isn’t a fan of Steve Sarkisian.
Steve Sarkisian left his job as Alabama's offensive coordinator to take a job with the Atlanta Falcons, and pretty soon the Crimson Tide will have their third offensive coordinator in the space of a month and a half. Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin's dramatic departures amount to an uncharacteristic amount of turmoil for the steadiest ship in college football.
Incoming five-star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, an early enrollee just weeks away from beginning spring practice, doesn't quite know what to make of it.
♀️— Tua Tagovailoa (@Tuaamann_) February 7, 2017
That's an emoji of a person shrugging, in case that's not clear.
The Honolulu native is also retweeting jokes about Chip Kelly becoming the new offensive coordinator.
I couldn’t embed it because it was a screen shot rather than a tweet, but Tua retweeted a joke from another twitter account about Chip Kelly loving Hawaiian quarterbacks.
For Tua, the best thing that could have happened is a change in offensive coordinators. A new guy won’t have any prior loyalty to sticking with Jalen Hurts as the starting QB.
If you’re the nostalgic type, Scout put together a quick rundown of some of the greatest games in Alabama history.
Personally, mine would be a tie between the 2008 game vs. Georgia, 2008 vs. Auburn, 2009 vs. Florida, or 2012 vs. Notre Dame.
I like blowouts. Forget all this “exciting, close games” nonsense. Some nice revenge blowouts are the best that it gets. Well, maybe the 2016 vs. Ole Miss was good for the revenge factor, even if it gave me indigestion.
Collin Sexton has been named a semifinalist for the 2017 Naismith Trophy Boys High School Player of the Year. Securing his commitment is likely going to be on the level of signing Julio Jones in terms of program impact. Sexton is a talent unlike we have seen in Alabama basketball in many, many years.
With all the hype behind Sexton, it’s easy to forget that John Petty, the Tide’s other key commit, would likely be the best recruit to sign with Alabama since Jamychal Green.
Petty and Sexton running the show on the perimeter with Braxton Key and a steady dose of Dazon Ingram and Donta Hall should make for an explosive offense the next two years.