The Alabama Crimson Tide have hired Miami’s defensive coordinator, Kevin Steele, to the same role under Nick Saban. Alabama was probably interested in Georgia co-defensive coordinator Glenn Schumann, but the Crimson Tide ended up going in another direction.
Nick Saban and Alabama had to replace both of their coordinators this offseason. Saban is quite familiar with replacing his coordinators, but recently the Crimson Tide have not had a lot of continuity at either coordinator slot.
Part of Georgia’s success is due to the Bulldogs’ ability to maintain continuity on the coaching staff. That could still change this offseason. Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken has received several interviews with NFL teams. Additionally, co-defensive coordinator Glenn Schumann has been named as a candidate to become Miami’s defensive coordinator. Schumann would certainly be qualified for the role.
However, Nick Saban and Alabama likely reached out to Glenn Schumann given his background (Schumann coached at Alabama from 2008-2014 as a student and graduate assistant) and success. It is hard to imagine the Miami defensive coordinator position looking more enticing than the Alabama role.
Todd Monken’s timeline with the NFL may be delayed until after the Super Bowl. NFL teams want to interview key staff members from the well-respected coaching staffs in the Super Bowl.
Kirby Smart had both Glenn Schumann and Todd Monken as key coordinators for Georgia’s back-to-back national championships. Yes, Georgia lost Dan Lanning to Oregon last offseason, but overall Georgia has maintained an elite coaching staff despite winning consecutive national championships. Major roster turnover is definite in college football, but significant coaching turnover does not always happen year-to-year.
ESPN’s Chris Low reported the news of Alabama hiring Kevin Steele: