Flood took over Alabama’s offensive front after two years on the Atlanta Falcons’ coaching staff. He also boasts four years of head coaching experience, guiding the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from 2012-15.
Entering his 26th year of coaching, Flood welcomes back four starters from the 2019 squad that was a finalist for the Joe Moore Award, which recognizes the most outstanding offensive line in college football. The 2019 group, which included Alex Leatherwood, Evan Neal, Landon Dickerson, Deonte Brown and Jedrick Wills Jr., ranked third nationally and first in the SEC, surrendering just .92 sacks per game. The Crimson Tide front line also blocked for the nation’s No. 2 scoring offense and No. 6 total offense (510.8 ypg), while ranking ninth nationally and first in the SEC in rushing attempts resulting in a gain of five or more yards. Leatherwood earned first team All-America honors while Wills Jr., the Tide’s only departing starter, was the No. 10 overall pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 2020 NFL Draft. Dickerson also earned second team All-SEC recognition at center while Neal garnered Freshman All-America honors.
Flood spent the 2017-18 seasons working with a Falcons’ offensive line that only allowed 24 sacks in 2017 – tied for the third lowest amount in the NFL. Flood’s assistance in his first year in Atlanta was also shown by the group’s ability to sustain blocks as the Falcons line helped create 230 big plays (plays that are 10-plus yards). In 2018, the offense finished in the top 10 in the NFL in passing yards (fourth – 4,653 yards), total yards (sixth – 6,226 yards) and 10th in scoring (25.9 ppg).