Nussmeier Looks To Make Mark As Tide’s New OC


After last season’s national championship victory over LSU, former Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain left for Colorado State. After four successful seasons as offensive coordinator with two national championships under his belt, the question for many Crimson Tide fans was who could replace him?

Nick Saban didn’t waste any time in hiring Doug Nussmeier formally of the University of Washington. One look at his record as OC with Fresno State and Washington,  shows that under Nussmeier’s offense, both teams average 30 or more points per game.

Although there is a lot of passing in Nussmeier’s offense, he understands that what Saban expects from his offensive coordinator is balance. In a recent article, Nussmeier discussed his offensive philosophy.

“Obviously, we want to be balanced on offense," Nussmeier said.

“The goal is to put our playmakers in the best positions to make plays. We'll use a variety of things, whether it be shifts, motions, formations, whatever it is to create advantages for us, hopefully.”

Nussmeier so far has impressed his new boss and new quarterback.

“He’s a very bright guy with a lot of positive energy. He has a lot of good ideas that we've implemented into our offense” said Saban.

“He's awesome," said Bama quarterback AJ McCarron. "He's really cool. Down to earth. Cuts jokes in the film room. It's definitely a cool experience working with him so far and for our relationship as coach and quarterback to keep growing.”

Time will tell if Nussmeier’s offense will have an easy transition into the SEC, but if history is any indication, the Tide’s offense should keep rolling along under his guidance.








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