Ryan Grubb announces himself as Alabama's offensive coordinator during speaking engagement

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Before Alabama could officially announce Ryan Grubb as the program’s next offensive coordinator, he was linked with other jobs. First, he was thought to be a candidate to replace Kalen DeBoer at Washington but a message he sent out put to bed the rumors. And then the NFL came calling and Grubb was linked with the Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator job.

Well, Alabama fans can maybe exhale a bit. While at a speaking event on National Signing Day, Grubb announced himself as the Crimson Tide’s next offensive coordinator. Nothing has been made official by the program quite yet. But it’s a positive sign for the deal getting over the finish line.

“I’m Ryan Grubb, I’m your new Offensive Coordinator,” Grubb said via The Next Round.

Grubb has a lengthy relationship with DeBoer, taking back to when the two were at Sioux Falls together. The duo teamed back up at Fresno State during the 2021 season and then left in favor of Washington together ahead of 2022. Now, the journey is expected to continue in Tuscaloosa for the 2024 season.

Alabama had one of the busier Signing Days out there, with three players inking their National Letters of Intent. The biggest of them all will certainly make Grubb happy as Five-Star Plus+ wide receiver Ryan Williams made things official. One of the best players in the country is heading to Tuscaloosa.

Alabama hoping Ryan Grubb can elevate offense to elite level

Grubb is going to have plenty of offensive talent to work with once officially getting to work with Alabama. Quarterback Jalen Milroe is likely going to be the biggest asset, returning after his first season as the starting quarterback last year. Milroe got into a rhythm with Tommy Rees and helped the program make another College Football Playoff.

A challenge is ahead for the offensive players though, as Grubb and DeBoer are going to implement a new system. DeBoer is hoping some of the players who transferred over from Washington can help speed up the learning process.

“Those that have come with us from Washington, there is certainly an understanding of the system,” DeBoer said at the Senior Bowl. “What certain concepts are called and how we teach them. So, hopefully, back on campus, they are picking up on those things. Jalen with Austin (Mack) and having a center like Parker (Brailsford) there. Knows all of the calls and we can hit the ground running here next week when it comes to installing offense and defensive systems.”