Alabama's newest offensive coordinator, Doug Nussmeier, has his work cut out for him, as he is taking over one of the three biggest positions in the best coaching staff in the nation. Keeping the Alabama Crimson Tide on top is a big job, but Nussmeier will have a lot of tools to work with.
Believe it or not, Nussmeier's predecessor, Jim McElwain, was quite good at what he did. He was sorely underrated by many critics and Alabama fans alike, though some of the criticism was well-deserved.
While he was with the Tide he kept the Alabama offense in the higher tiers of the SEC, including placing third in scoring offense (the only offensive statistic that really matters) in 2010 and 2011.
In his first season, Nussmeier will have more to work with than McElwain ever did (yes, that includes Mark Ingram, Julio Jones and Trent Richardson). He has a powerful stable of running backs, an army of top-notch receivers and a veteran national champion quarterback with the best offensive line in the country.
So, the tools are there, but what must Nussmeier do to utilize them all properly and keep the Tide on top?