Alabama hires Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator

Alabama hired former Houston Texans coach and general manager Bill O’Brien as its offensive coordinator Thursday night.O’Brien will follow in the footsteps of Steve Sarkisian, who left his job as Crimson Tide offensive coordinator to become head coach of the Texas Longhorns.The hiring marks the second ex-NFL head coach to join Nick Saban’s staff this offseason. Doug Marrone agreed to become offensive line coach after spending four-plus seasons in charge of the Jacksonville Jaguars.In six-plus years with the Texans, O’Brien posted a 52-48 record and won four AFC South division titles. Before that, he served as Penn State’s head coach for two years, going 15-9 overall and 10-6 in the Big Ten.This will be O’Brien’s first job as a college offensive coordinator since 2005-06 with Duke. His performance there helped him land a job with the New England Patriots, where he called plays for three seasons and worked closely with Tom Brady and the rest of the team’s quarterbacks.