In his search for a new offensive coordinator to replace the departing Jim McElwain, Alabama head coach Nick Saban made it clear to his quarterback, AJ McCarron, that his new play-caller would do most of the learning, not him.
Saban found his man in former Washington offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, or Coach Nuss’, and quickly had him developing a relationship with McCarron. The two have been learning from each other ever since.
“Coach (Nussmeier) is a great guy. We’ve already started to get really close. We’ve been up here (at football facility) together almost every afternoon. I’ve been teaching him the offense, and how we do certain things, and he’s been teaching me some of the new things he is going to bring in, so we’re just helping each other out right now.” McCarron said of his first impression of Nussmeier.
That’s right. The 21-year-old college student is teaching the 41-year-old offensive coordinator the Alabama offense. Even the terminology used in Nussmeier’s offense will be transformed to match what Alabama has used in the past. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to those familiar with how Nick Saban runs a football program.
“Coach Saban’s not going to let someone come in and change everything. He’s going to have to learn ours (terminology). We’ll definitely have new plays and stuff, but we’ll be using the same lingo we always have had.” McCarron said.
There are sure to be cynics of Nick Saban and the demanding work load he expects from his assistant coaches, but there is no denying the fact that the man wins, and wins big. Criticize him all you want, but before doing so, I suggest you take a look at his obscene college coaching resume or count the number of first round picks he produces during next month’s NFL Draft.