“Now, I have pride in performance, too.”

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.

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22 responses to ““Now, I have pride in performance, too.”

  1. W

    Be nice to get JT, Kearis, Burton back and clicking. Won’t complain if George got right too.

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  2. Biggen

    I just don’t think they have the dudes this year on defense like they normally do. Their DL isn’t blowing people up and moving them around and their LB corps (especially the Toto guy from UT) look suspect. Their secondary had numerous blown coverages during he A&M game but at least that is fixable with practice.

    But it would be dumb to count Bama out of anything. Every time the media says they are done they come roaring back and rip of 7 or 8 wins in a row on their way to an SEC or National Championship.

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  3. 81Dog

    Anyone who thinks Alabama is done at this point is kidding themselves. I will believe it once they’re eliminated. They’re loaded with talent and Nick didn’t just forget how to coach.

    For now, we have other obstacles to overcome before we worry about Alabama. We likely only have to beat them in the SECC to be done with them, if they get there (and why wouldn’t they?). In the meantime, WE have to get there. That means UK, and the Gators on the near horizon. Keep the main thing the main thing. 🙂

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  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    A pertinent story from Paul the Johnson: early in his first season as head coach at Georgia Southern he was walking around practice and Erk comes up and says: “What are you doing”? Johnson says: “Being the head coach”. Erk says: “Get your butt over there and work with the offense. That’s what got you here.”
    Maybe Nick needs a reminder. We’re all human.

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  5. cpark58

    Jeremy Pruitt will be back in Tuscaloosa next year.

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  6. W Cobb Dawg

    I think they are a legit top 5 team and may even challenge our #1 ranking at some point.

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  7. dawgman3000

    At this point, I’m more concerned about injuries than any team or potential postseason team on the schedule. Yes, that includes Alabama. I don’t care how focused or upset Bama may or may not be after their loss Saturday. This season’s version of Kirby’s Dawgs is a bad match up for them IMO.

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  8. HirsuteDawg

    Bama is running hot and cold this year. Sometimes they look great and sometimes they look lost – a couple of the pass plays A&M ran, Bama looked like Grantham was coaching the D.

    I still don’t trust ’em to stay that way. When they are done and out of it, only then.

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  9. akascuba

    Few Bama National championship teams went undefeated. It would be foolish to think they are done. This group is not playing up to Saban standards to be sure. On the surface it appears to be less talented. They certainly don’t have the player leadership of past champions. They probably enjoyed too much rat poison. Saban’s team is down not out.

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  10. biggusrickus

    They have upperclassmen on defense who haven’t panned out. It happens. They also don’t have an all-time great offense to cover for their defensive shortcomings, which existed last year, too. They’re still good, and they may win out. They also may not. They have two games left against teams who have outperformed A&M this year, including Auburn on the road. Alabama has been much worse in its only two road games. I wouldn’t be shocked if they struggle a little with Mississippi State Saturday.

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  11. The Gumps are upset that Saban is dividing his time between coaching the Bama defense and coaching the AFLAC duck. Not even joking here.

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  12. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Even if he fires Golding at the end of the season, and that seems like the most likely outcome, I do find it hilariously comforting that he won’t be able to hire back Ol’ Puddin’ Head Pruitt, Mr. Asparagus himself, because of looming NCAA sanctions and a highly likely show-cause that will be attached to that dumb redneck maybe in perpetuity.

    Why is that funny? Because of what Pruitt told people at Tennessee: “If they fire me, I’ll just go back to Alabama.” Hah! Not likely, Puddin’ Head. Not likely!

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  13. It’s only a hairline crack, but we and Jimbo need to jam a recruiting chisel into that and bust them up.

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  14. stoopnagle

    Fuck Bama.

    Go Dawgs.

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