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Another day, another name tossed into the Tide coordinator mix

In the past week or so, Boise State’s Brent Pease, former New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and soon-to-be-former Jacksonville Jaguars Dirk Koetter have all reportedly interviewed for the Alabama offensive coordinator position.

Pease has already opted to take the same job at Florida, while Schottenheimer and Koetter have also been mentioned in connection with jobs that would allow them to stay at the NFL level.  So, as expected, more names are emerging as potential candidates for the offensive opening.

One of those is Washington coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who ESPN’s Mark Schlabach mentions as a possibility via Twitter.  How strong the interest the Tide has in Nussmeier is not clear at the moment, or even if he will interview for the position as Schottenheimer and Koetter have reportedly done.

Nussmeier has spent the past three seasons as the Huskies coordinator.  The year prior to the arrival of Nussmeier as part of Steve Sarkisian‘s coaching staff, the Huskies finished the 2008 season 117th in scoring offense (13.3 ppg) and 116th in total offense (263.2 ypg); in 2011, UW finished 25th (33.4 ppg) and 38th (409.6 ypg) in those categories, respectively.

Prior to his time at UW, Nussmeier spent a year as Fresno State’s coordinator and three years as Michigan State’s quarterbacks coach, with two years as an assistant with the St. Louis Rams in between.

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8 Responses to “Another day, another name tossed into the Tide coordinator mix”
  1. Deb says: Jan 12, 2012 5:55 PM

    I have a Smurf-phobia that kept me from objectively analyzing Pease–which is fine since we didn’t get him. But it’s clear that Saban wants a high-powered offense to match that high-powered defense. Excellent. I’m wary of Koetter, but Nussmeier sounds like an interesting prospect, if the interest is true and mutual. And I still like the idea of Schottenheimer, if he can commit to the college ranks for a couple of years. Will be interesting to see if any other names come into this mix.

  2. osage44 says: Jan 12, 2012 6:24 PM

    Honestly, why would any talented offense coach want to work for a guy like Nick Saban in a place like Tuscaloosa?

  3. thegeneral7694 says: Jan 12, 2012 6:46 PM

    “Honestly, why would any talented offense coach want to work for a guy like Nick Saban in a place like Tuscaloosa?”

    Are you serious? Don’t you think having a Saban defense backing you up is going to make you look AWFULLY good on offense? Saban is a defense guy…he’s gonna run that side of the ball primarily, just like Spurrier does with the offense at SC, and he’s gonna let you run the offense using the blue-chip athletes that you’re gonna help him recruit. Per the broadcast, he let McElwain prepare the offense while he and Smart concentrated on the defense. Sure, he might be really hard to work for, but you can DEFINITELY succeed there if you’re worth your chops. Do well and get your own gig.

  4. normtide says: Jan 12, 2012 6:47 PM

    Hmmmm, maybe to coach for a very talented team, to win titles, or join a proven coaching tree? Or, one could go to another team, and learn to make excuses.

  5. frank booth says: Jan 12, 2012 8:59 PM

    How about George Halas as OC? If they can pry him away from Chicago with his T-Formation, and recruit that young whippersnapper Sammy Baugh, why they can bring this offense right into the 1930’s.

  6. bamasleeper13 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:47 PM

    All of you SEC Alabama haters crack me up. Sounds like jealousy to me. ANY of your schools would take Saban in a heartbeat!! LOL

  7. Deb says: Jan 12, 2012 9:49 PM

    Guys, just ignore osage44. He’s probably a bitter barner because he posts that silliness on every Bama thread.

    frank booth, I don’t know what to think of you these days, honey. Bama’s offense did just fine throughout the season. The only team they had trouble scoring on was LSU, which had a stellar defense. But clearly Nick is moving toward a more aggressive offensive scheme. That’s why he’s interviewing these candidates.

    Personally, if I could get George Halas and Slingin’ Sammy, I wouldn’t complain. Something to be said for the best of the best regardless of the era.

  8. lasseter1113 says: Jan 14, 2012 11:20 PM


    You got that right brother! They would kill to have Saban and any one of them that says different is a liar. Once they got Saban they would start singing a different tune all together. There is a really bad case of the green eyed monster going around the nation right now. We could win every game for the rest of time and these idiots would still be running their mouths.

    I trust that no matter who Saban hires, he will be the right person for the job. I can’t wait until next year already.

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