See if you can spot the straw man Chris Low builds to better his argument that Nick Saban Will Survive, By Damn.
So regardless of what Saban’s agenda is or isn’t, saying he’s trying to create a competitive advantage for his defense through a rules change is a stretch.
The competitive advantage he has created goes back to the way he has recruited and developed players.
Nobody’s saying Saban’s trying to create a competitive advantage with the 10-second substitution rule proposal. He’s simply trying to keep the one he’s already got – you know, the one Low references in his second sentence. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
But the reality is that Saban’s advantage is hard to construct and expensive to maintain, which is why it’s one that few programs can match. While that makes it worthy of a strong defense on Saban’s part, it also makes it harder to support if others lacking in Alabama’s resources are able to level the playing field on any given Saturday with greater strategic creativity.