Nick Saban just hired the former Ole Miss offensive coordinator who had quite the resume against the ‘Bama defense.
While at Ole Miss, Werner helped orchestrate back-to-back upsets over Alabama, beating the Crimson Tide 23-17 in 2014 and 43-37 in 2015. He nearly made it three straight games last season, coaching Ole Miss’ offense to a 24-3 lead. However, a second-half comeback allowed Alabama to leave Oxford, Miss., with a 48-43 victory. The 522 yards Werner’s offense put up against the Tide during last season’s game were the most by any opponent all year.
Once again, Saban stays ahead of the game on the analyst front. I’m guessing he’ll have a few choice nuggets to add for prep against his former program.
Should I bother to point out that Kirby Smart, who certainly faced the brunt of Werner’s game planning in the Tide’s two losses, went hunting for an analyst of his very own and managed to grab the former Minnesota offensive coordinator whose offense managed to finish within fifty-five spots from Ole Miss in offensive yards per play last season. (Even Chaney managed a better finish than that.) Nah, I guess not.
Alabama’s spring practice may have started, but when it comes to media relations, Nick Saban is already in mid-season form.
“But philosophically, I don’t know where you came up with where we go to ball control. That’s not what we do. The New England Patriots threw the ball over 60-something percent of the time, which is more than we threw it. So, where does that assumption come from or do you do what everybody else in the media does — create some shit and throw it on the wall and see what sticks, which is what I see happening everywhere? And the people who scream the loudest kind of get the attention and then we pass some rule that everybody has to live with or some law and the consequences mess up a lot of other things. Do it all the time. We’re doing it right now.”
Saban then went off on a tangent, raising concerns about high school coaches being prohibited from working summer camps, although the NCAA rule to which he was referring was unclear.
Eventually, he got back to his original point.
“It’ll mess everything up,” Saban said. “It’s the way it goes. It’s the way it goes in the world of politics and the way it goes. The same thing with you. ‘We’re going to be more conservative and ball-control offense.’ I never said that. No one in this building ever said that. So where did you come up with that? Did you have a dream about it or what? If we caught some passes in the national championship game — we had guys open — we wouldn’t have had to control the ball. We would have had to score more touchdowns.”
Methinks that Clemson loss hasn’t set too well with the man.
By the way, that Coke bottle’s looking good. Does Saban use the same Coke for each presser, or do they change bottles?
Hey, remember last year’s offensive line? Kirby Smart remembers what you thought.
“It will be a very interesting spring in that regard,” head coach Kirby Smart said Monday night during a radio appearance on UGA’s “Bulldog Hotline” show. “Because as much as everyone wanted to complain and fuss about the three (seniors) we had, they’re gone now. OK? So now we’ve got some holes to fill.”
Damn, if only that “OK?” had been an “Aiight?”. Otherwise, the tone is spot on.
My, isn’t this enlightened?
The bit I don’t quite get is the “Part of an effective drug and alcohol policy is testing”. I mean, Williams was flopping tests and still playi… oh, that’s what they mean by effective.
Luckily for Tim Williams, Nick Saban didn’t have time for suspensions.
NFL teams have been well aware for months about what Alabama pass rusher Tim Williams admitted to the media on Saturday: that he failed multiple drug tests while he was at Tuscaloosa.
Williams said he failed “a few” tests in his four years at Alabama but would not confirm what drug the positive tests were for or exactly how many he failed…
Despite the multiple failed tests, Williams was never suspended. But he was forced to sit out the first half of the Kentucky game last season for the misdemeanor gun charge.
And you think Nick Saban doesn’t have any standards.
[Insert Georgia Way comment here.]
This may be your ultimate “doesn’t have time for this shit” moment.
The coach said the visit reminded him of a conversation he once had with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who spoke at LSU at Saban’s request when he coached there. “He said, ‘You know, Nick, your stadium, Tiger Stadium at the time, on a Saturday night is closer to the Kingdom of God than my church,”’ Saban said. “I looked at him like come on, man, you’ve got to be kidding me. First of all, if you’ve ever been to a game at LSU, you can smell the bourbon from the 50-yard line. Everybody celebrates life. Everybody has a party out there.”
Bullshit detector: on.
LSU football: getting closer to Gawd with booze.
Shreveport high school coach bans Nick Saban from campus… and is relieved of his coaching duties by the school administration.