Alabama hires Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator

Saban announced on Friday that Steve Sarkisian will serve as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He’ll replace the outgoing OC, Lane Kiffin, who was hired as Florida Atlantic’s head coach earlier this week.

Sarkisian had served as an analyst for Alabama this season after being fired by USC at midseason in 2015.

Alabama will have its leading passer (Jalen Hurts, a true freshman) and leading rusher (Damien Harris, sophomore) returning in 2017, as well as star WR Calvin Ridley (a sophomore). WR ArDarius Stewart, a redshirt junior, has not announced his intentions for 2017, but even if he decides to apply for early draft eligiblity, Sarkisian will inherit a young offense loaded with potential. Making an in-house hire to replace Kiffin should provide some welcome offensive stability for those players.

In a preview video released Friday, Fisher — who was fired Monday after five dangerously mediocre seasons with the team — pulled no punches when asked why he was let go.

“He didn’t win enough games, and the organization has a much bigger picture,” Fisher said of himself. “And I don’t think I was ever part of seeing the new stadium.”

Fisher’s jab about “beating the Rams” came in response to being asked what his “perfect scenario” would include if he winds up coaching again.

It’s fair to wonder, though, if that chance will ever arrive. Notched alongside Dan Reeves with an NFL-“best” 165 career losses, Fisher is no sure bet to land another job.

Of course, NFL coaches are recycled at a ridiculous rate. All it takes is another league owner willing to buy what Fisher is selling.

Peterson’s return had been targeted for Week 16 versus the Green Bay Packers.

It’s not the first time Peterson has returned earlier than expected. Clearly, the quick-healing colossus is from a different planet than the rest of us.

Week 15 will come and go without the services of Julio Jones.