2. Bill O’Brien, offensive coordinator, Alabama
At first glance, the idea of having Bill O’Brien in a position of power may rub some people the wrong way, but it shouldn’t. O’Brien wasn’t a bad coach with the Houston Texans—he was a dreadful general manager.
As a head coach, O’Brien is a good head coach. He had one losing season during his Texans tenure. Before O’Brien drafted Deshaun Watson, he coached Brock Osweiler to an 8-6 record as a starter.
He has the reach to put together a coaching staff. O’Brien made a bold yet controversial move by promoting Mike Vrabel to defensive coordinator. The move helped Vrabel become the head coach of the Titans. O’Brien showed his versatility and adaptability as a play-caller during his tenure as Bama’s OC. He came in and didn’t force what he wanted to do. Instead, he continued the style of offense Bama already had in place.
As for Trevor Lawrence, O’Brien can employ a combination of read-option and downfield passes. With backs like James Robinson and Travis Etienne, he’ll likely take the ball out of his hands and put it into the running backs. Look no further than the success of Alfred Morris and Lamar Miller under O’Brien.
The Jags should have O’Brien on their list of coaching candidates. He should be the head coach, nothing more, and I’m sure he’ll have Jags in playoff contention.