Why are Alabama fans so happy that Bill O’Brien is leaving for the Patriots?

NFL analysts and Patriots fans appeared to unanimously approve New England’s choice to rent Bill O’Brien as its subsequent offensive coordinator Tuesday.

But it seems Alabama fans are simply as happy to see O’Brien depart his submit as the Crimson Tide offensive coordinator. Don’t imagine us? Consider the reactions that poured in on social media amid information of O’Brien’s rent in New England:

So, what is going on on right here? Why is there so a lot disdain for O’Brien amongst Alabama fans, and may Patriots fans view these reactions as a pink flag?

At first look, O’Brien appeared to have fairly a little bit of success at Alabama. The Crimson Tide went 24-4 throughout O’Brien’s two seasons in Tuscaloosa (13-2 in 2021 and 11-2 in 2022) and reached the College Football Playoff championship recreation in 2021, shedding 33-18 to Georgia. Alabama’s offense averaged 477 yards and 41.1 factors per recreation in 2022, which ranked eleventh and fourth amongst all FBS groups, respectively, and quarterback Bryce Young received the Heisman Trophy in 2021 whereas crediting a lot of his success to O’Brien’s tutelage.

Seems fairly good, proper? Well, not in Tuscaloosa, the place two-loss seasons are seen as failures. Alabama misplaced two video games in a marketing campaign simply as soon as in the earlier six seasons earlier than O’Brien arrived, profitable three nationwide championships in that span. They additionally averaged 47-plus factors and 500-plus yards per recreation underneath earlier offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

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AL.com’s Mike Rodak not too long ago joined our Phil Perry on the Next Pats Podcast to supply some perspective on why Crimson Tide fans have been wanting to see O’Brien depart.

“People are asking, ‘Why is not he gone but?’ Because fans do not like him,” Rodak instructed Perry final week. “That’s a product of the excessive customary at Alabama, as a result of the fans right here count on them to win each single recreation. They count on them to win by 40 factors. They count on Alabama to attain 50 factors. That’s sort of how issues went for a short time underneath Nick Saban…

“It seems like there’s simply a number of fan angst and sentiment that they do not need him right here anymore. It’s exhausting to disregard at this level. It was sort of effervescent for a short time and it is actually come to the floor now. So fans are ready for any phrase of him leaving.”

In quick, there is a very excessive bar for success at Alabama, and O’Brien fell simply in need of it. There ought to be no scarcity of high-profile candidates to interchange O’Brien as OC, so we will see why Crimson Tide fans do not thoughts leaving him.

While Alabama fans are down on O’Brien, Patriots fans ought to nonetheless be glad to see him in Foxboro: The Andover, Mass., native ought to be a substantial improve from Matt Patricia and even has a earlier relationship with former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, who helped O’Brien study the Crimson Tide offense after he was employed in January 2021.

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