The hirings are coming quickly now. One of the latest is that of former Alabama DB coach Derrick Ansley, who interviewed with the team on Wednesday has been hired by the team as it’s new Secondary coach. This was first reported by Football Scoop and later corroborated by ESPN.
Ansley originally accepted the job of Defensive Coordinator at Colorado State, but reversed course and headed to Oakland instead.
Under Ansley’s leadership, the Alabama secondary led college football last season in pass efficiency. He has held the position the past two seasons for the Crimson Tide.
In total he has six years experience as a defensive backs coach in the SEC, first as secondary coach at Tennessee (2012) and then at Kentucky (2013-15), before joining Nick Saban’s staff in 2016.
He saw his top defensive back, Marlon Humphrey, become a first round draft pick in 2017 and his safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison are considered two of the best safety prospects in this year’s draft.