Happy Thursday, everyone. We got an update on Jordan Bruner and Herb Jones.
Alabama’s Jordan Bruner is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a meniscus injury suffered last night, coach Nate Oats tells me.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 14, 2021
Herb Jones (hand) is Day to day.
This would put Bruner on schedule to be ready by March. Hopefully Herb will be back sooner than later. The team has enough quality wins at this point that finishing above .500 in the conference should get them into the dance. Of course, if they stay atop the conference, they could well get a top 4 seed. Oats is doing phenomenal things with this group.
By the way, congratulations to you on the national championship.
No, not the football team. I said you.
JUST IN: Bama fans apparently aren’t tired of being champ gear.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 13, 2021
The school’s fans have set the 36-hour post-clinch record for NCAA hot market merchandise sales on @Fanatics, beating the previous top seller LSU Tigers in 2020.
Sales are up +75% vs. Bama’s last title in 2018.
A 75% increase is insane, but people are buying stuff online nowadays.
Zenitz has some great news for the 2021 squad.
A couple other Alabama notes, per sources:— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) January 14, 2021
— The belief is that junior DB Josh Jobe, a potential Day 2 pick, will likely return to school instead of turning pro.
— Backup RB Brian Robinson is expected to be among the seniors who return to school instead of going to the NFL. https://t.co/OfMmO0LUpv
With so much turnover on the offensive side, returning the entire starting front seven save for Dylan Moses would be huge, and Jobe returning to be the top corner next year would as well. He and Jordan Battle would anchor the back end.
Bill O’Brien will reportedly be leading the offense, and bringing a familiar name with him to coach the line.
Saban praised O’Brien’s body of work and called him an outstanding coach, and although Saban didn’t officially announce O’Brien as Alabama’s new offensive coordinator, he said that O’Brien would “do a great job with our players here.”
Saban added, “I’ve always tried to have the best knowledge and experience I can for our players and their development, and I certainly think [O’Brien] can contribute to that in a very positive way.”
People are going to have opinions one way or another regarding O’Brien, but he has 100 games of experience as a NFL head coach and made the playoffs in four of his six full seasons. In the two seasons immediately preceding Deshaun Watson’s arrival in Houston, he won the division with Brian Hoyer and Brock Osweiler as his starting quarterbacks. Yes, he was a disaster as a general manager and was unceremoniously fired after losing his first four games this season with rumors of locker room turmoil.
Saban had Jim McElwain running the offense for his first two titles in Tuscaloosa, and each of the last four has featured a different offensive coordinator. If this is who Nick has tabbed to run the offense, far be it from me to tell him he’s wrong. Stoutland, of course, was the architect of the 2012 offensive line that was tabbed as the best ever until 2020 came along.
The Eagles seem pleased with Jalen Hurts, who will be getting a new coach.
“We’ve got two very interesting assets,” Lurie said. “They’re both young. They’re both hungry. They’re terrific people — very different and terrific people. A coach is going to have options. A coach is going to have an ability to fix what he feels is necessary in our offense and have a potential star in Carson and a potential star in Jalen, and that gives us an asset also, so that if we end up deciding on one someday, the other is a really good asset.”
I may have chosen different phrasing there, but he is clearly valued.
Shaun Alexander spoke with Jim Rome about this Alabama team.
Last, Joe Biden has selected a familiar name for Chief Diversity and Inclusion Director.
NYTimes is reporting that Mike Leach will be Biden's Chief Diversity and Inclusion Director.— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) January 13, 2021
Safe to assume they googled the wrong Mike Leach pic.twitter.com/6hVqxlgkDQ
Leach is assumed to be the first pirate to serve in Washington.
They actually combined resumes there, as the real appointee is named Michael Leach and worked for the Bears. Doubt he has ever set foot in Lubbock, though.
That’s about it for now. Have a great day.