C’mon You’re Better Than That!

Matt Cassista

Matt Cassista

Recent reports have spotted notorious fuck-up Lane Kiffin inside Alabama camp and he has now taken over the newly vacated offensive coordinator position now that Nussmeier has packed his bags and headed to Michigan. After a month of circle-jerking with Saban about how the organization can move forward, Kiffin landed the position. Nick Saban is extremely thrilled about the landing of Kiffin, as he is capable of bringing a pro-style offense to the team and as recent years (and drafts) has shown us, Saban does his best attempt to be a NFL team on the college level. The two side-by-side should lead to another dominate year for the Crimson Tide who more than likely will be the favorite to the lead the polls come next season.

Here’s the problem with this new coaching staff change, on paper it sounds amazing to find an available guy who has coached on the NFL stage to come run your offense. But Kiffin’s a whole-nother animal. Kiffin doesn’t generally play well with others and often puts his name in the lime light when it has no business to be there. Most coaches aspire to be head coaches, especially a head coaching position on the NFL level but Kiffin almost appears obsessive with the idea. Don’t be surprised if you see Kiffin’s face on the four letter as much or more than Saban.

Saban and many may be blinded by Kiffin’s resume to see the real criminal at hand. This pro-style offense that Saban is so thrilled about is based of the premise of Kiffin’s tenure in Oakland, where he was a huge failure. You cannot sell an NFL playbook to someone if you did not have a playbook that worked on the NFL level. Coaches get fired all the time in both college and the big leagues, but to Kiffin it’s almost an art form. He left in the blink of the night in Tennessee, and he was ran out-of-town in Southern California.

The biggest selling point Kiffin had was his three-year span at USC Head Coach where he led the Trojans 28-15 in that time span (he also served a handful of seasons as an assistant and OFC under Pete Carroll before that. Most see a near .666 win rate and think with Saban’s help, the sky is the limit.  Let’s not forget USC is usually top 5 pre-season in the polls and never toooooo far away from the BCS Championship conversation. I would venture to say it was more the talent in front of him and less the coaching expertise of Kiffin. Even John Fox can bolster a phenomenal win percentage if Satan Manning is at the helm 17-21 Sundays out of the year.

The good news for Kiffin though, is the 38-year old is far from ending his coaching career and Alabama will just be another great learning opportunity for the coach. Don’t expectKiffin to make Alabama a permanent home unless Saban exits out the back in the coming years. For a coach who has some negative connotation, this is a great chance for Kiffin to be seen in a positive manner. It also helps that he picked a team that struggles to lose every season. Then, three years from now, when there is an opening for the ever-valuable Jaguars HC position, expect the coach with a 28-15 HC record at USC and a 30-3 OFC record at Alabama to apply for it.