Following up on reports that first surfaced Thursday, Alabama confirmed in a press release today that offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland is leaving Tuscaloosa for a position with the Philadelphia Eagles.
While the release didn’t explicitly state it, it’s expected that Stoutland will serve as Chip Kelly’s line coach.
“Coach Stoutland did an excellent job with our offensive line along with each and every responsibility he had while he was here at the University of Alabama,” head coach Nick Saban said in a statement. “We appreciate all that he did in terms of his time and his dedication in contributing to the success we’ve had over the last two years.
“He’s an outstanding coach and he will do a great job with the Eagles. We wish him and his family the best.”
Stoutland had been at Alabama for the past two years, coming to the Tide from Miami. In February of last year, Stoutland reportedly turned down an opportunityto join former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff.
With the departure, Stoutland becomes the second assistant Saban has lost since the end of the regular season. In late December, it was announced that Jeremy Pruitt was leaving as the Tide’s defensive backs coach to become Florida State’s defensive coordinator. That hole has already been filled (giggle).
How soon Saban will fill the other hole on his staff (chuckle) remains to be seen.