It All Starts With Replacing Bill O’Brien
It was a disappointing season overall for the Alabama Crimson Tide as prior to the season starting, they were projected to go on yet another national championship run.
They fell short of expectations, ending the season at No. 5 and missing the College Football Playoff, as they prepare for their Sugar Bowl game against Kansas State on Dec. 31.
The Tide will use this offseason to look into everything that went wrong this season, with a top priority being to fix their offense. Nick Saban-led teams have always been known to possess a dominating offense, but that just was not there this season. Bill O'Brien was a big reason why.
O'Brien's play calling played a big role in the not so scary offense unlike what Alabama is always known to have year after year. Fans got more and more frustrated throughout this season as even the wins just had a different feel to them.
Everyone could tell the offense for the Crimson Tide was just average. For next season, all fans are asking is for at least something to change after wasting Bryce Young's final season before he departs for the NFL.
Though you never want to put too much blame on one person, it's hard not to look at the last two seasons for the Alabama Crimson Tide and wonder what might've been had Bill O'Brien not been the offensive coordinator.
Young went into this season with high expectations to bring home another national championship for the program, but instead wound up missing the playoffs altogether.
If it weren't for Young's elite talent, as he bailed out so many plays and made something out of nothing, there is an argument to be made that O'Brien would've looked even worse. The play-calling, the play designs and the simple game plan just seemed wildly erratic and not what a dominating Alabama offense usually would look like.
Alabama will never win another national championship until a new offensive coordinator is at the helm, and that was proven after all of the past two seasons' failures on offense.