Who are potential Alabama offensive coordinator candidates – AL.com

By Michael Casagrande | mcasagrande@al.com | Posted January 11, 2019 at 04:08 PM | Updated January 11, 2019 at 05:01 PM

With Dan Enos leaving Alabama for the Miami offensive coordinator job, there is again an opening for the job in Tuscaloosa. Who will be in charge of the Crimson Tide offense with Tua Tagovailoa and his top receivers returning for 2019? 

We came up with a list of potential candidates who would fit including a few with ties to Alabama or Nick Saban.

Butch Jones

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Butch Jones

Alabama has promoted from within for this position a few times recently. That includes Steve Sarkisian, who went from an analyst role to the national title game in early 2017. Mike Locksley also started at Alabama as an analyst like Jones was last season. He’s been in place and would have familiarity with the plan and personnel. 

It wouldn’t seem like a long-term option and Alabama could be in the market again should Jones have a good season and see his head coaching stock rise but next season figures to be the one with the most explosive offensive potential with so many skilled players returning. 

Matt Canada

The interim head coach at Maryland last season was the offensive coordinator at LSU the year before, so the SEC West is familiar territory. All things considered, Canada led Maryland well with the storm clouds of controversy hovering all season. 

Derek Dooley

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Derek Dooley

The former Tennessee head coach knows what it’s like coaching under Saban at LSU and the Dolphins. He’s currently at Missouri as offensive coordinator. He helped Drew Lock and the Tiger offense in 2017 and would have Clemson grad transfer at QB in 2019 should he stay. 

Alabama offers a higher-profile position with an offense loaded with more weapons with Tagovailoa and receivers Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle.

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