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Scout: Lane Kiffin would instantly upgrade an NFL offense

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After three successful years as Alabama's offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin figures to enter the offseason with some new career opportunities. And according to an NFL scout who is assigned to the Crimson Tide, one of those could be a return to the pro ranks.

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"I think he'd instantly upgrade an NFL offense, he's arguably one of the best offensive minds in the game," the scout told MMQB. "He's able to adapt in terms of personnel. The offense this year is completely different in style and play-calling than it was last year with [Derrick] Henry."

Since a midseason firing from USC in 2013, Kiffin has flourished in the role under Nick Saban. He's developed first-year starters at quarterback in each of his three seasons there, having to tailor the UA offense somewhat differently to suit each, yet the team is on the brink of winning a third consecutive SEC title. This season, with a true freshman at quarterback in Jalen Hurts, the UA offense is averaging 480 yards per game (ranks 23rd in the FBS).

A role as an offensive coordinator or assistant coach in the NFL would be a new challenge for Kiffin, as well. Remember, he never had that experience before being named head coach of the Raiders in 2007; his brief NFL experience prior to that was as an offensive quality control assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Of course, returning to a head-coaching role at the college level could be more attractive, and more lucrative. He's also a candidate to be the new head coach at the University of Houston, according to ESPN, along with former LSU coach Les Miles.

Tom Herman, who just left the UH job for Texas, made $3 million as the Cougars head coach this year, more than twice Kiffin's salary at Alabama of $1.4 million. Kiffin is also reportedly a target for new LSU coach Ed Orgeron -- with whom he coached at USC -- as the Tigers' new offensive coordinator.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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