Alabama coach Nick Saban typically doesn't fire coordinators. He will, however, open the door and forcefully push them through it. That's apparently what happened with former defensive coordinator Pete Golding and former offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, opening the door for two new play-callers to step in. 

Enter: Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees -- both of whom are reportedly headed to Alabama.

The duo were reportedly hired earlier this week and, even though neither of them were top of mind of fans during the process, will keep the Crimson Tide not only relevant in the national scene, but potentially lead them to the national championship in short order.


Rees will run the dang ball

Alabama finished 82nd in the nation in rushing attempts last year. Eighty-second! That seems impossible. Despite the reluctance to run the ball, the Crimson Tide finished fourth in the country in rushing yards per attempt at 5.57. Translation: Alabama's rushing attack relied on home-run plays rather than pounding the rock for a full four quarters. 

Conversely, Notre Dame finished 21st in the country in rushing attempts per game at 40.92. Granted, part of the reason for that was a season-ending injury to quarterback Tyler Buchner in Week 2. But it's not like Young was 100% after an injury to his throwing shoulder in Week 5. 

Rees will get Alabama back to pounding the rock, and will do so with plenty of motion and eye candy to open running lanes. Plus, he'll do it with much more talent then he had in South Bend.