Alabama Crimson Tide Employs Nation's Best Coaching Staff

By Tim Letcher
John David Mercer, USA TODAY SPORTS
John David Mercer, USA TODAY SPORTS

There are many strong coaching staffs in the Southeastern Conference. Renowned coordinators litter the landscape in the nation’s toughest football conference.

But there is one staff that stands out above the rest, and that’s the staff of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Not only does the Tide have the best active head coach in college football, Nick Saban, but the two coordinators on the staff are also among the best in the country at what they do.

Sure, Lane Kiffin has had his problems during his stints as a head coach. He wasn’t great in the NFL as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He was not head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers long enough for anyone to know if he would be successful there or not. And his time as head coach of the USC Trojans was not stellar.

But there is one thing that Kiffin does really well. It’s the one thing that got him into those head coaching gigs in the first place – calling plays. Now that Kiffin does not have to worry about all of the other things that head coaches deal with, he can focus on calling plays, and that will benefit the Tide, and new quarterback Jacob Coker, this fall.

On the other side of the ball, Alabama employs Kirby Smart as its defensive coordinator. Smart has been wooed by some of the best programs in the nation to become a head coach, but he has stayed put in Tuscaloosa.

Smart has been with Saban during his time as head coach of the LSU Tigers, the Miami Dolphins and at Alabama. Smart consistently puts together one of the nation’s best defenses, despite significant turnover in personnel each year, largely due to defections to the NFL.

These three coaches will keep the Tide in the conversation for the first College Football Playoff this season, relying on their experiences to mold this team into a national title contender.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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