You may have noticed that Alabama’s defense has been pretty meh this season, and downright bad by their standards. You think that’s eating at Saban? Here’s what Aaron Suttles, The Athletic’s ‘Bama beat writer, says about that ($$):
You can tell it’s weighing on him, though. His protege, Kirby Smart, is fielding a dominant unit at Georgia that sure does resemble defenses of Alabama’s past. Saban is a defensive guru, and one thing is for certain: He’s a competitor. He’s taking the challenge seriously.
That’s exactly why you shouldn’t count Alabama and Saban out yet this season. If Pete Golding’s not getting the job done, it’s not like Saban doesn’t have another option available to whip that defense into shape. He sees it in the mirror every morning.