Category Archives: Nick Saban Rules

“… and our players actually did not know what to do.”

What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on in Tuscaloosa?

Sounds like the Tide D is in need of a little coaching up.  What a time to be alive, eh?


Filed under Nick Saban Rules, Strategery And Mechanics

He can’t do that to our recruits!

Welp, this is a flattering opinion from Andy Staples ($$).

Something has happened to weaken Alabama, but I don’t think Saban’s response will (or should) be “I’m just going to chill at the lake with Miss Terry.” First, I’m not sure how Saban would fill the hours. Second, I think part of him might actually enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to win with a less prohibitive advantage than he had before.

So what happened to reduce that previously prohibitive advantage?

Kirby Smart got the Georgia job.

You thought I was going to say the change in name, image and likeness rules? You thought I was going to say the transfer portal?

Nope. The thing that has affected Alabama the most is a coach who recruits pretty much exactly the same players Alabama recruits and getting quite a few of the players Alabama wanted over a six-year period.

They never shoulda let Kirby leave Tuscaloosa with Saban’s recruiting board, PAWWWLLL!!!


Filed under Georgia Football, Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting

This time he **really** means it.

My goodness.

“Can’t continue”?  So… exactly how long has he been tolerating those players?


Filed under Nick Saban Rules

Hey, Knoxville! Thanks for having us.

Let’s just say I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if ‘Bama jumped out to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.  Not saying that’s gonna happen, of course.  Just sayin’.


Filed under Nick Saban Rules

A simple question

Does Clay Travis hire stupid people for Outkick, or does working for Clay Travis make someone stupid?

That “probably” in the last sentence is doing some galactically heavy lifting.


Filed under General Idiocy, Nick Saban Rules

Even when you think you know…

First of all, let me say that all this “Alabama has issues!” overreaction to Alabama’s narrow victory over Texas is just as silly as Sark’s invocation of rat poison.  We were hearing similar stuff last season after their escape from Florida and loss to TAMU and look how that ended up.  There are approximately 130 other D1 teams that would love to have Alabama’s issues.

I say that to preface a question I have about this year’s team:  is it possible that Nick Saban has misread what he’s got?  Remember, this is something he said a couple of weeks ago:

“I like this team, I really do. We’ve got a little more maturity on the team, I think. We’ve got good guys on the team. They work hard. They’ve got a really good attitude. We’ve got really good leadership.” He says he likes the intangibles the team has but he’s not necessarily saying it’s his most talented team. “We’ll see about that,” he said.

He’s got issues on the offensive line and at wide receiver, which has had a ripple effect on the run game, as David Ubben points out ($$).

More than 20 percent of Alabama’s rushes against the Longhorns went for a loss or no gain, and without Jase McClellan’s 81-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, Alabama’s talented stable of running backs managed just 42 yards on 16 carries (2.6 yards per carry), helping explain why the Tide mostly abandoned the running game in the second half.

In the final 30 minutes, Alabama ran 38 offensive snaps and handed the ball to a running back seven times. Six of those seven carries went for fewer than 4 yards. The seventh went for … 4 yards.

As a sub-question, has Saban having to rely on the transfer portal to fill key positions perhaps impacted his ability to assess his team’s shortcomings?  I saw bringing in a Vandy transfer to fill a hole on the offensive line as a red flag.  Saban, though?

Asked if this season is unusual because of the several transfer additions, Saban said Alabama has less incoming transfers than most schools. Saban said summer scouting reports on opponents were more difficult because of the number of transfers those teams added this offseason. Saban said transfers Alabama added needed to play and Alabama needed them to play. He compared it to NFL free agency, saying they were looking for players with the right criteria for their position and for the program. “Our philosophy is, we’re going to create more value for them … than they can get someplace else,” he said. Saban used that to say college is for creating value more than it is making money, even though NIL has brought that to the forefront. “Our guys have done really well in name, image and likeness because of the iconic brand we have at the University of Alabama,” Saban said.

How much can you really learn about a player’s quality in a single offseason?  Maybe we’re finding out.

Again, I don’t want to read too much into this.  As last Saturday showed, as long as Bryce Young is Alabama’s quarterback, they’ll never be out of a game.  I’ll be shocked if the Tide doesn’t show up in Atlanta this season.  But I do wonder how well Nick Saban has read his team.


Filed under Alabama, Nick Saban Rules

Another thing Nick Saban doesn’t have time for.

Imagine being a ‘Bama player and throwing the Horns Down sign after a game like yesterday’s.


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TFW a bowl game’s beneath you

This what a CFP-or-bust approach to your season gets you.



Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Nick Saban Rules

That coaching tree’s got some branches.

Man, this is some aggregation of coaching talent.

No wonder coaches go to ‘Bama to rehabilitate their reps.


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The teacher surpasses the pupil.

Lose a natty, but gain a raise..

Imagine what his salary would be if Metchie and Williams had been healthy.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, Nick Saban Rules