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More Tide turnover: Alabama losing d-line coach Karl Dunbar to NFL job

Karl Dunbar
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It appears Nick Saban’s staff isn’t complete after all, as defensive line coach Karl Dunbar looks to be returning to the NFL.

Numerous media reports have Dunbar leaving to help coach the Pittburgh Steelers’ defensive line. Pittsburgh’s line coach is John Mitchell, and while the Steelers’ staff is undergoing some transition, Mitchell is expected back.

Dunbar, an LSU alum, has spent the past two seasons as the Tide’s defensive line coach. He replaced Bo Davis, who stepped down following allegations of NCAA violations. Dunbar has extensive experience in the NFL; he was a defensive line coach from 2006-15 with Minnesota, the New York Jets and Buffalo. Nick Saban hired him off the Bills’ staff following the 2015 season.

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Saban already lost defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt (became Tennessee’s coach), secondary coach Derrick Ansley (same job with the Oakland Raiders) and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll (same job with the Buffalo Bills). In addition, tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Joe Pannunzio was moved to an off-field role.

Whomever replaces Dunbar would be the sixth new assistant for the Tide, joining Karl Scott (cornerbacks coach), Josh Gattis (wide recever coach), Dan Enos (quarterback coach), Pete Golding (likely co-DC as well as safeties coach) and Jeff Banks (tight ends/special teams).

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