Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide need a new offensive coordinator after Bill O’Brien left to return to the New England Patriots as Bill Belichick’s offensive coordinator.

It’s always interesting when Saban has an offensive coordinator opener because it tells us which direction Alabama plans to take the offense.

Saban has shown a willingness to evolve on offense, but he’s also remained true to a pro-stylish offense.

Various names have already been tossed out there for the opening in Tuscaloosa. And one of those names was ruled out on Tuesday night.

ESPN’s Chris Low reported that former Mississippi State/Florida head coach Dan Mullen won’t be an option to replace O’Brien at Alabama.

According to Low, Mullen is happy spending time with his family and working in television.

Before Mullen was the head coach at Mississippi State, he was the Gators’ offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. He runs a spread offense that likes to create mismatches in the run game.

It’s unclear how serious of a candidate Mullen would’ve been for Alabama, but Low’s tweet makes it sound like Alabama might have been interested in hiring him.

If that’s the case, then it tells us that Saban might want to go with more of a spread offense, but not something quite as exotic as what the Tennessee Vols do under Josh Heupel with their extreme tempo.

We’ll see where this search goes. When it comes to Saban, anything is on the table.

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