Bill O’Brien is headed for coaching rehab, in a sense. CBS Sports national college football writer Dennis Dodd took a deep dive Tuesday into how Alabama head coach Nick Saban has brought in veteran coaches over the years and resuscitated careers, and profiled O’Brien’s case Thursday.

The former Penn State and Houston Texans head coach was let go after just four games into the 2020 campaign and out of work in the NFL. There were rumblings of his struggles as a coach and general manager for the team and it eventually caught up. But he found his way to Saban, like others before him.

Former NFL GM Scott Pioli told Dodd that O’Brien knew what he was getting into to regain some coaching magic.

“That’s a fascinating question,” Pioli said. “Do you have to subjugate your ego or are you just being a team player and being humble? Billy knows the rules of engagement and so does Nick.”

O’Brien takes over offensive coordinator duties at Alabama for Steve Sarkisian, who left to take the job at Texas. Sarkisian led Alabama to one of the best offenses in recent memory and aided Saban and company to an undefeated, national championship season.

“Even though the people change, the system really didn’t,” Maryland head coach Mike Locksley, who was Alabama’s offensive coordinator in 2018, told Dodd. “You can add to it, but you’re not going to change the terminology. (In other words), you can’t have one new guy come in and change it for 60 guys on offense. That was something coach was adamant about.”

Saban announced O’Brien’s hire Jan. 21.

“We are pleased and happy to be able to add Bill O’Brien to our coaching staff,” Saban said. “He has a wealth of experience as both an offensive coordinator and head coach in the NFL and college. Bill is one of the brightest offensive minds in football, an outstanding teacher and excellent recruiter. He will strengthen our coaching staff and give our players the best possible chance to be successful.”

“I am honored and excited to join coach Saban’s staff at the University of Alabama,” O’Brien added. “I have an incredible amount of admiration for the rich football tradition at this University and the success coach Saban has had during his time in Tuscaloosa. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with some of the best football players in the country, while helping to continue the success this program has enjoyed for many years.”

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Alabama is scheduled to open up the 2021 regular season against Miami in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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