Former NY Jets’ head coach Adam Gase could be on his way to Alabama soon.
Many have speculated that Gase could be given a job with another NFL team as soon as this year as some sort of offensive assistant. There’s even been speculation about him joining the New England Patriots staff as the team’s new quarterbacks coach.
However, it appears as though he’s in-line for a different, more prominent position.
Bruce Feldman of The Athletic and FOX Sports reported on Monday that Gase is one of two people being considered for the role of Alabama’s soon-to-be vacant offensive coordinator position. The other? Former Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.
Former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has been Alabama’s OC for the last two seasons but will reportedly be leaving to take the head coach job at Texas. That leaves a vacancy that will reportedly be filled by a high-profile hire.
Some will question the decision of head coach Nick Saban to consider Gase, but the two actually have quite a bit of history together.
Former NY Jets head coach Adam Gase and Nick Saban have a lot of history
Gase first met Saban when he was a student at Michigan State in the ’90s during the time that the latter was the head coach of the Spartans’ football program. That wouldn’t be the last time their paths crossed, however.
Gase would later serve as a graduate assistant under Saban at LSU before making the jump to the NFL with the Detroit Lions. And it’s clear that Gase still holds Saban in high regard to this day.
The ex-Jets coach even quoted his former mentor last week when asked about his job status.
“You do your job until somebody tells you different.’ That’s what I’m gonna be focused on, and my job is to get us ready to go for this Sunday and go try and win a game.”
Gase’s time in New York was ultimately marred by on-field struggles and off-field criticism, but that likely won’t stop him from getting another coaching job elsewhere this offseason.
The Alabama offensive coordinator position is one of the most appealing vacancies in the coaching world right now and it would be monumental for Gase’s career if he was able to land the job.
And given his ties to Saban, it seems as though he could be the runaway favorite for the position.