Alabama Crimson Tide football

Steve Sarkisian leaves Alabama as Saban's best OC following brilliant title game

Alabama lost that game on a last-second Hunter Renfrow touchdown in Tampa, and despite already being announced as the Crimson Tide’s next offensive coordinator, Sarkisian quickly bailed for the NFL.

Once Jaylen Waddle went down with an injury in October, Sarkisian fell back on his NFL experience of creativity, from using motion to running picks, to keep getting Smith the ball when defenses knew it was coming.

He trusted quarterback Mac Jones to deliver the ball where it needed to be, helping the Heisman finalist to one of the greatest QB performances in title game history.

Mike Locksley learned from that situation and focused almost all his energy on his old job rather than his new one at Maryland but admitted to the national championship game was his worst of the season, resulting in a 44-16 loss to Clemson.

Sarkisian vowed to focus on Alabama through the title game, and it gave him a major platform to show current Texas players and future recruits the type of offensive mastery he’s bringing with him to Austin.

He leaves a legacy as a brilliant play-caller and a coach who helped develop the greatest collection of offensive talent Alabama has ever had from Smith to Jones to Waddle and Najee Harris.

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