You want this to be a bad hire. I get that. So do all the other fanbases. It is to be expected. But i have noticed that he gets zero credit for his OC job in 05 and 06 I think. Not a big stats guy, but saw that the offense improved while he was the OC at USC. He sucked as a head coach. Alabama did not hire him to be the head coach.
It is a bad hire. It doesn't matter what I want. Lane Kiffen comes with a ton of baggage and has been a disaster everywhere he has gone. Look at how USC fired him. They were done with him. Everyone has been like that. He lies, cheats, and distorts reality to benefit himself. Al Davis was right about the guy and everywhere he has been has proven that.
When you hire a guy with that track record, it is a bad hire. When you put him in the spotlight at Alabama, it is a bad hire. Can he perform well? Yes. It is possible. But, it is still a bad hire.
How much positive publicity has Alabama gotten out of this? What, is Kiffen going to help them finally go undefeated? They did that without him. Win a National Championship? They did it without him. There are lots of OCs who could come in with a bunch of 5 stars and build a good offense. Do they need him for recruiting? No. They had #1 classes without him.
Kiffen is a bad hire because his baggage is so heavy that he can only bring you down. Their offense was not the problem this past year. They averaged over 30 ppg in their 2 losses but gave up almost 39 ppg in those games. Their problem is their defense and how it is structured and that all rests on Saban's shoulders. So, to fix things, he hires Lane Kiffen.
It is a horrible hire and a dumb move. Saban needs to figure out how to stop a high powered offense before he thinks that Kiffen will be change they need.