As Alabama fans await news regarding the Tide’s vacancies at offensive and defensive coordinator, there have been some changes lower down on Nick Saban’s staff.
Analyst Will Laing, Who Spent The Last Two Seasons In Tuscaloosa, Is Following Bill O’Brien To New England, ESPN Reported Thursday. Lawing joined Alabama after working on O’Brien’s staff with the Houston Texans and Penn State.
Laing’s role on the Patriots’ staff is not yet known, but he becomes the fourth former Saban employee on Bill Belichick’s staff in New England. Patriots running backs coach Vinny Sunseri is a former Tide player and the son of current Saban assistant Sal Sunseri; Patriots offensive assistant Joe Judge was an Alabama special teams analyst from 2009–11; and Patriots special teams assistant Joe Houston was Alabama’s analyst in 2019.
Alabama has seen two other analysts depart this offseason. Cornelius Williams became New Mexico’s wide receivers coach and Alex Mortensen became UAB’s offensive coordinator.
In addition to Laing’s departure, Alabama hired Ryan Fink as offensive analyst. Fink spent last season as a graduate assistant working with the Tide’s offensive line, serving as the GA for Kentucky under current Tide offensive line coach Eric Wolford. Prior to that, he lived at the University of Wyoming and the Ohio State University.
A former analyst has rejoined the Alabama staff this season. Jake Long, who left the program last year to become Oregon’s inside linebackers coach since returned,
At the position coach level, Alabama lost safeties coach Charles Kelly to Colorado this offseason and reportedly hired Southern Miss defensive coordinator Austin Armstrong in a yet-to-be-disclosed role.
Drew Swoboda, who spent the 2021 season as Alabama’s special teams coordinator and last season as Saban’s special assistant, left this offseason to become North Texas’ special teams coordinator.
Mike Rodak is the Alabama beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. follow him on twitter @mikerodak,