‘You have to set your hair on fire:’ Increased urgency helps Alabama make most of its red zone opportunities
Alabama is one of just 16 teams in the country that has yet to come away with nothing inside the red zone and has scored touchdowns on 11 of its 12 trips.
Alabama is currently enjoying its first of two days away from the practice field. It’s the first time since the start of camp that the Crimson Tide will have more than 48 hours between practices. So what better time than now, 13 days until the Sept. 1 season opener against Michigan, to see where the offense stands?
New Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier calls Alabama "a wonderful, wonderful place" and goes to work trying to make a good system better.
Watch Alabama players like A.J. McCarron, Alec Morris, T.J. Yeldon, Eddie Lacy and Michael Williams practice offensive drills at Fan Day.
Doug Nussmeier has worked with his share of successful quarterbacks. Jake Locker at Washington, for instance, who was a first-round NFL Draft pick. Former Wisconsin standout and NFL quarterback Brooks Bollinger is on the list, and so is former NFL starter Gus Frerotte. There was former Michigan State standout Jeff Smoker, too. So when he arrived at the University of Alabama to work with AJ McCarron as UA’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, he had plenty of comparative experience. And he likes what he’s seen so far from the Crimson Tide junior.
When Jim McElwain left Alabama to become head coach at Colorado State, one of the early names to surface as McElwain’s replacement as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide was Doug Nussmeier, who had those titles at Washington. A call to our Scout.com affiliate in Seattle resulted in an interesting assessment of Nussmeier.
UAB assistant Jeff Brohm was once offered the offensive coordinator position at Alabama by head coach Nick Saban but ultimately turned down the job, a decision he now says he regrets making.
The Tigers led the Big 12 Conference in rushing last season, and yet they often line up in a shotgun formation on the goal line.
Alabama’s new offensive coordinator talks about the Crimson Tide’s offense, recruiting and playing under Arkansas’ new head coach, John L. Smith.
Former Fresno State coach Pat Hill made the same move in 2008, hiring Nussmeier after McElwain left the California school to come to Alabama. “Nick doesn’t miss a beat,” Hill said Monday. “He just moves on with a guy who can come in and take over. It’s hard replacing coordinators when you have to re-teach a whole system. Both of those guys are very, very similar in their approach. Doug will fit right in.”
TUSCALOOSA – Doug Nussmeier has agreed in principle to become the next offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama, a source confirmed to The Tuscaloosa News. The former University of Washington assistant coach, who held the same role for the Huskies for three seasons, is expected to earn a salary in the range of $600,000 per year, according to the source. UA has not yet announced the move officially. Other reported candidates for the position included former New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, and former Jacksonville Jaguars coordinator Dirk Koetter.