Nick Saban on Stetson Bennett

I just noticed this exchange from Saban’s presser after the SECCG:

Q. This is for Coach Saban and Jordan: What did you guys do to really fluster Stetson Bennett tonight and obviously force him into a couple of huge mistakes?

JORDAN BATTLE: I think the main thing in this game was our disguises. We put in a lot of disguises this week. That was the big thing. Just have his eyes wandering around before the play. I think we did a good job on the back end and linebackers stemming and disguising. So I think that was a big part of the game.

NICK SABAN: I think that you try to change the picture as much as you can and make the quarterback try to make decisions after he gets the ball in his hand. Stetson Bennett to me is very instinctive, very good player. If he knows what the picture is — and I couple times tonight when he knew what the picture was, that’s when he made plays, and several big plays.

So I think us changing the picture on him a little bit helped. We have to play the ball better in the deep part of the field. We’ve had a couple of those the last couple of weeks that are things that we need to do better, but all in all, I think that was probably the one thing that helped it the most.

Pass rush always helps you. If you get good pass rush. We affected him in the pocket. He scrambled some, which is — you hate, but you’re also affecting a guy when you do that because you’re not throwing the ball on time.

What Saban is saying there is that Bennett isn’t as effective when a defense changes the post-snap picture on him.  Nick’s not as smart as the comment section of a football blog, obviously, so there’s some hope that Michigan’s defensive coordinator will ignore his game plan.

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71 responses to “Nick Saban on Stetson Bennett

  1. akascuba

    Hope can be a bad thing.

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    • RangerRuss

      Scuba, being as you’re a member in good standing of polite society you don’t want to know what I would do to Hope. I’ll just say until recently it was illegal in many states and still on the books in some. Ned Beatty and FrozenDawg understand.

      I bet the next day his agent got fired
      Ned Beatty had the hardest part

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      • akascuba

        Personally I’m sick of Hope was were I was aiming, Target accuracy while holding a coffee cup is a personal weakness still.

        You either can or you can’t accomplish the mission it’s not complicated.

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        • theotherdoug

          You’re either elite or you’re not.

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          • PTC DAWG

            We are elite enough to be in the 4…have to get there to win it all.

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          • Skeptic Dawg

            I too have loved the simplicity of this quote. It is true and accurate, but there is a bite of nuance required to truly evaluate the 2021 Dawgs. The defense is elite, however, the offense is far from elite status. We witnessed firsthand the shortcomings of both sides of the ball Saturday. I am not sure that the major issues (the secondary and QB play)
            can be fixed in time for Michigan. And I too am sick and tired of Hope kicking us in the shorts time and time again.

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    • PTC DAWG

      People keep posting this video here…

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  2. RangerRuss

    Saban’s secret to his success is he gets all his best ideas from the the commenters who are the most vociferous and persistent in dispensing their strategy online. He ain’t never had an original idea. That’s why Saban is a genius and the GOAT.
    Y’all would do well to remember that.

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    • Down Island Way

      Sooooo, you’re saying little nicky is a long time listener, first time caller and or subscriber to “Get the Picture”…

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      • RangerRuss

        Absofucknlutely, DIW. How else do you think he knew how to hit the Dawgs in all their vulnerable places? Weak secondary, turnstile O line and walk on midget QB is all we been talking about since last summer. What I want to know is which one of you Quislings gave up the goods and rat fucked out the weak spots of the front seven?

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        • I blame FrozenDawg. You pointed-out how he’s Ned Beatty weak above. 😆

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          • RangerRuss

            Nooooo FPD. You misunderstood. FrozenDawg is not the catcher. He doesn’t pitch for that team either. But he is self-described hill folk as am I. I can see how that could be misconstrued and offer my sincerest apologies to FD for any perceived disparagement.

            FrozenDawg, I was hoping that would prompt you or someone to post the song Ned Beatty Had the Hardest Part. Once again, my apologies sir.

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    • Munsoning

      Want his cell number? He calls me every day for tips. So do Kirby and Belichick. Getting a little tired of it, to be honest.

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  3. moe pritchett

    “Nick’s not as smart as the comment section of a football blog, obviously”
    Genius.

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  4. Illini84

    Wither the Corch?

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  5. Ha. I happen to be in Atlanta this week for work training. I’ve met several Dawg fans who have say stuff like “when we play them (Bama) again”, and others who say “when you play them (Bama) again”…. Like playing Bama in the NCG is a foregone conclusion.

    I keep telling folks, we gotta get past Michigan first! They’re legit.

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  6. gandle1227

    (Head slapping head) Ah!!! You disguise looks and try to disrupt the pocket. That’s how you make QB’s less effective. Got it, coach. Carry on, Georgia football.

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  7. charlottedawg

    Sounds like coach speak for, stetson’s a former walk on and we can count on him to do walk on things, like be easily confused and make disastrous decisions when he’s not protected by the defense playing lights out and a running game to carry the load.

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  8. Doggoned

    Props to Saban. This is certainly sound reasoning, but nothing new. Disguise your defense and put pressure on the other quarterback, and he’s more likely to make mistakes. Wasn’t that much the same thing Georgia had been doing all season up until the SECCG?

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  9. Doing a good job of disguising coverage is what every DC wants to do unlike having Dan Jackson clearly in man coverage against Metchie on 1st and 20. I’ve never played a snap at QB, and I saw that. What could possibly go wrong?

    If you think Nick Saban was concerned about scheming against SBIV, I have some nice oceanfront property in Hahira to sell you.

    I keep coming back to SBIV is a DGD, but he wasn’t recruited either time to be a starting QB in the SEC. He was brought in the first time to be a scout team walk-on. He was brought in the 2nd time to be an emergency QB.

    Kirby isn’t stubborn, an ego maniac, or a South Georgia QB lover. He simply did not want to upset the team’s chemistry over the last month of the regular season. We’re going to have to ride it out and hopefully beat Michigan before being beaten soundly by the Tide again. We’re probably going to have another year of hearing rival fans who we Kirb-stomped talk about “Kirby Dumb,” “1980,” and “UGA chokes.”

    It is what it is at this point.

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    • dawgman3000

      As we get further away from last Saturday and my frustration level declines, I’m left to believe that Kirby simply doesn’t have a choice but to play Stetson. I truly believe that something went awry between JT and the coaching staff sometime after his injury.

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      • bcdawg97

        I think EE is the closest with the idea that Kirby didn’t want to upset chemistry. My frustration though is that JT was NEVER even considered once we were down. I’m not sure why Kirby doesn’t have a hook where most coaches do. But man, was that a Richt-ian display of game planning and in-game coaching on Saturday night from someone who we thought had maybe evolved a little bit more. Looks like Kirby’s still gotta shed his conservative, do no harm to my defense wings.

        And I’m just saying, but don’t be surprised if JT transfers at the end of the season.

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        • Tim B

          The game was essentially over after the pick six. It would have been a perfect time to find out which qb was better suited to run the offense against Bama. The game was lost. There was zero to lose by making the change.

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        • miltondawg

          If JT and/or Beck transfer after the season, I really hope that someone gets an interview and gets the exiting player’s take on WTF went down this fall in that QB room. Hard to fathom that we entered the Clemson game with JT at 1, Beck at 2, and Stetson at 3 and suddenly that went out the window a few weeks later.

          I won’t be surprised in the least if JT and/or Beck transfer. That being said, what I find odd at this point is that neither has announced that they are transferring because this week would have been a good time to do so to get on campus in January at a new school (especially Beck).

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        • I think about that interview when Nolan Smith talked about SBIV as his QB and his blue collar mentality. It seemed almost as if he was speaking on behalf of the entire defense.

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      • Migraine Boy

        My frustration level has only increased, to be honest

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    • RangerRuss

      Hike a leg on those losers, EE.

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    • gastr1

      Team chemistry is more important than winning. An interesting take. (Not suggesting it isn’t true, because none of has any real idea at this point.)

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      • mddawg

        I don’t think he meant it’s more important, but team chemistry can be a contributing factor to winning. That said, we have almost a month between the SECCG and the CFP semifinal to put Daniels back with the 1s and kickstart that chemistry.

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      • I certainly am not defending Kirby’s decision. I’ve said JT should start as soon as he was healthy especially after the Florida game. My opinion is that Kirby seemed to believe that disrupting the team chemistry this late in the season was a dangerous decision. The fact he sent SBIV back out there after the pick 6 in the context of the early throw that should have been a pick 6 and the red zone pick was a maddening decision (sort of like when Kirby didn’t put Fields out there in Baton Rouge when Fromm wasn’t at his best).

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    • Previously Paul

      We’re probably going to have another year of hearing rival fans who we Kirb-stomped talk about “Kirby Dumb,” “1980,” and “UGA chokes.”

      Not to mention another year of Alabama fans saying the same. And, unfortunately, they’ll be correct. Perhaps upsetting the team’s chemistry is exactly what was needed. At this point, I’d actually rather lose to Michigan than lose to Alabama a third time in 15 months.

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      • PTC DAWG

        I’d rather UGA beat them both, to do that, you have to beat Michigan….I don’t see UGA playing scared.

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        • Previously Paul

          PTC I’d rather that too. But we’ve attempted to beat Alabama twice in the last year using the same approach and got the same result. Right down to the score. It would seem there is no Plan B and Plan A has failed twice. Everything Kirby has said and done since he took over leads me to believe he will use the same game plan again. Given a third try, perhaps Alabama will have a bad game and we will prevail. But I’m not sure I can stand to even watch the game if it happens. If it does, I’ll probably DVR it and only watch later if we win.

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      • Geezus

        Even if we win it all, those rival fans will be bumping their gums about something – that’s what rivals do.

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  10. drunkenmonken

    I’d like to ask who gave him the idea of using his offensive line to catfish UGA. The right side of their line has not been a bama line all season but all of a sudden they’re the 72 dolphins. Maybe the Dawgs were over confident but I would have bet my house and my farm if you told me auburn would have 7 sacks and UGA 0 a week later.

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  11. D as in Dawg

    We were disguising our looks, too. You see, Kirby actually had some random GTP commenters dress up as our defensive starters. Next, he played them the whole game. It worked so well that no one has noticed until now. What I haven’t been able to figure out is who on here managed to disguise themselves as Jordan Davis. 🤔🤔

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  12. All of can be negated, but we can’t get behind by 2 possessions, and we can’t give up on the run. We need 40 minutes of possession to have the type of game to beat Alabama.

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  13. Every offense struggles with this to some degree. The thing to counter this with is quick passes so they can’t adjust quick enough, runs, or deep routes but they require time.

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    • theotherdoug

      I was surprised we didn’t go hurry up on them early and often. Saban is a chess master and beats you if you give him time.

      The flipside is I watched our 2 minute offense at the end of the game and realized we’re not capable of going fast.

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    • Tony BarnFart

      I know a QB who used to do quick passes and hurry up pretty well.

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  14. jim1886

    We keep reading that Bennett is not the reason we lost the game.
    What is important is that he is the reason we did not win the game.
    With a Young, Watson, or Lawrence at qb, we could have won in a shootout.
    Will NEVER happen with Bennett at qb

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  15. uga97

    So basically practicing vs our D for the last year didn’t help Stetson for Bama. Awesome.

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  16. Geezus

    To be honest, I thought Kirby/Lanning, the defensive gurus, would’ve been able to detect their strategy and put in some plays/changes on offense to mitigate it.

    This makes me think back to Kirby’s shot at Mullen about recruiting always beats coaching. It does, until you run up against someone else who can recruit too.

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  17. On at least two 3rd down plays, Stetson appeared to make changes before the snap only to have Bowers and then Cook not go to where he wanted (aka the open field). Meanwhile, Young gets nearly sacked a few times but finds his TE standing all alone, once having never been covered. I’m not sure anyone graded-out with an “A” for that game. Kirby got them wound too tight mentally I’m afraid. Of course if Kirby puts in JT in the 2nd half, Saban would have been stunned and, in his typically unprepared way, just sat back and marveled at how Daniels would have thrown for 300 yards and 4 TDs.

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  18. csmoore2021

    “Nick’s not as smart as the comment section of a football blog, obviously”… I appreciate that, Clark!

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  19. While on the topic of Michigan’s DC – he is a Georgia grad. Mike Macdonald. Grew up in Roswell. Incredibly smart guy and a good friend of mine from UGA. My hope is when Kirby retires a 10x national champion that Macdonald leaves his Head Coaching job at wherever he is to replace Kirby.

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    • vernefundquist

      Wow. I have literally never heard of this person or was aware their DC was a UGA grad. Thanks for the info there. Seems like a fast rising star.

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