Brown leaving Alabama as DB Coach
The end of every football season for every team means that coaches will likely make various position moves on the coaching carousel. Alabama is no different. The Crimson Tide coaching staff has had to make a few changes over the past couple of weeks including an offensive coordinator, D-line coach and now the DB coach.
Greg Brown resigned today as Alabama’s defensive backs coach. This was Browns first season with Alabama after serving the previous two seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Colorado Buffaloes.
Enter Kevin Steele…again. Steele served as Nick Saban’s first defensive coordinator at Alabama in 2007 and then was the defensive coach in 2008. He left Alabama for a brief stint 2009-2011 to join former Alabama player Dabo Swinney at Clemson as the defensive coordinator. Steele returned to the Capstone in an off the field capacity in 2013 as the Director or Player Personnel. With Brown leaving Alabama and Steele already in place, it appears as though he will again be coaching along side Saban with the defensive backs.
This was an area of weakness for the Crimson Tide this season due to the lack of experience. With a year under their belt and the experience and knowledge of Kevin Steele, the DB’s should be back to norm for a Nick Saban style defense.
Coach Saban made several statements at the end of the season surrounding “changes”. He stated that it was time to shake things up a little and get the focus back on winning. What better way to get back to the basics than to get back the people that got you there. Bo Davis coached the defensive line at Alabama in 2007 – 2010 and was on the original staff that Saban hired. Alabama’s defense ranked among the top 10 nationally in total defense and scoring defense in 2008, 2009 and 2010 while Davis was on staff. Just to name a few from Davis’ line-ups were second team All-American Marcell Dareus, two-time first team All-American Terrence Cody and All-SEC Wallace Gilberry. All of which went on to the NFL to have successful careers.
Bo Davis being rehired coupled with putting Steele back on the field as the defensive backs coach is a step in the direction of getting back “to what got you here” as Saban said.
With the hiring of Lane Kiffin, and Bo Davis and with Kevin Steele potentially returning to the field, it seems as though Saban has done both with shaking things up (Kiffin) and getting back to the basics with what worked (Davis, Steele).
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