The laundry list of Alabama coaches leaving the Crimson Tide continued to grow Thursday morning.
Nick Saban's third defensive coordinator under him at Alabama since 2015, Tosh Lupoi, has officially taken a job as the Cleveland Browns' defensive line coach for the upcoming 2019-20 NFL season.
Lupoi's 2018 salary saw the new Browns' coaching staff member reportedly earning $950,000 per year at Alabama, but clearly greener pastures were calling.
Alabama has lost its defensive coordinator to the NFL.— AL.com (@aldotcom) January 17, 2019
Tosh Lupoi is expected to be hired by the Cleveland Browns for a defensive position on new coach Freddie Kitchens’ staff. https://t.co/DqPF5u3fxg pic.twitter.com/bxXmkO4jF1
After beginning as an outside linebackers coach, Lupoi spent three seasons under Saban in Tuscaloosa overall but spent only the 2018-19 season at the helm of the Crimson Tide's defense as its coordinator.
However, the bigger issue in Alabama is that following Lupoi's departure, Saban's entire 2016 coaching staff is now gone, with just a single assistant coach remaining from 2017.
It's no secret that Alabama's dominance under Saban has become somewhat of a training program for assistant coaches hoping to leave for bigger roles in the future. Although this program's unofficial time requirement has significantly plummeted in recent years.
Nick Saban’s entire 2016 coaching staff: all gone— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 17, 2019
Nick Saban’s entire 2017 coaching staff: all gone, except TE coach Joe Pannunziohttps://t.co/h2xXY6IfzH
Coaches like former Alabama DC Kirby Smart spent eight seasons at Alabama
The Crimson Tide will certainly return a similarly-competitive product to the field in 2019, but it appears that this kind of coaching turnover may have finally caught up with Saban's dynasty, especially given Clemson's 44-16 beatdown over the Tide
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