Alabama replaced Lane Kiffin with Steve Sarkisian a week before its national championship game against Clemson. Kiffin left the team one week prior than expected to take over his new position as the head coach of Florida Atlantic.
Kiffin and Alabama head coach Nick Saban called the decision by Kiffin a mutual one, but it left Sarkisian only one week to get the team’s offense ready for its title game in Tampa on Monday.
Players voiced their support for Sarkisian and the system. They said the voice will be different but everything else will remain the same.
Saban told the media that Sarkisian knows all about the offensive playbook from front cover to back cover and says the transition for Sarkisian to take over the offensive coordinator position will be seamless.
Sarkisian is a former head coach of USC and Washington and has been an offensive analyst this season with the Crimson Tide.
Saban said that Sarkisian has been with the team the entire football season, knows the offense, knows our players and has worked on the team’s game plans each week of the season. Saban added that Sarkisian knows the offensive system inside and out and its terminology.
Saban said that no failsafe existed but he must make this decisions based on what was best for his players to have the best opportunity to win and the decision was made and that is it, no more discussion.
The Alabama head coach said the team was moving ahead and looking forward with everyone doing everything possible to support those people who are now here to make everything work.
Jalen Hurts the star quarterback for Alabama threw for only 57 yards last week in the Tide’s 24-7 win against Washington. At the same time, backup running back Bo Scarbrough rushed for 180 yards. It was easy to see that Saban was unhappy with some of the offensive performance he saw on Saturday.
Saban said that during the game against Washington, the Alabama offense had 25 plays that resulted in negative yards and that is due to poor execution and poor fundamentals.
Saban said that he does not want to make changes to the offensive philosophy of the team, but has other members of the team he wants to be involved in the offense.