Category Archives: Nick Saban Rules

Friday morning buffet

Let’s hit it.

  • Jacob Eason and Julian Rochester discuss how the coaching transition at Georgia affected their recruitment.
  • The NCAA is effectively a cartel — an organization of independent entities that acts as a cohesive unit — to which all who want to play football professionally must donate three years of service.”
  • And The Valley Shook looks at this season’s bang for the buck for defensive staffs“Georgia played good defense in 2015, but finally fielding a horrendous offense drove them to fire one of the better coaches in their school’s history. We’ll see how that works out for them.”
  • Kirby Smart’s five looming priorities at Georgia includes this:  “But the depth chart heading into spring practice will surely be adjusted in many spots, and players will be informed just in case they’d like to try elsewhere.”  I will be curious to see what Smart’s roster management practices look like.
  • ND:  if you like movies with an endless supply of cursing in them, then this is very good news for you.
  • Here’s an interesting comment from Chip Towers about the aftermath of the Smart hire:  “But the word in the coaching ranks is that Saban was pretty upset about the news of Smart leaving for the Georgia job before the SEC championship game and didn’t want anymore outside distractions before the College Football Playoffs.”  Somebody should ask the Coke bottle for a response.
  • And if you thought Georgia’s special teams left a little something to be desired this season, Bill Connelly’s S&P+ rankings are here to tell you that you aren’t wrong.


Filed under Georgia Football, Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting, Stats Geek!, The NCAA

Wednesday morning buffet

The chafing dishes are ready, gang.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting, SEC Football

Processing the process

I see the “Nick Saban to the NFL?” annual drumbeat has commenced.

Read this piece and tell me why he’d want to go.


Filed under Nick Saban Rules, The NFL Is Your Friend.

And, now, some random semi-finals musings

It’s Alabama versus Clemson next Monday… week.  Thanks, ESPN.

  • Given the lopsided nature of both games yesterday, did the selection committee get things wrong, or is 2015 simply a season for which the old BCS format was better suited?
  • Yeah, Deshaun Watson is quite a player, but I came away from that game really impressed with the Clemson defense.  Hard to believe that’s some of the same bunch Georgia ran roughshod over just a couple of years ago.
  • Giving the devil his due, I was also impressed with the job Junior’s done as a position coach (even if I’m still not swooning over his playcalling).  One of the best defenses in the country schemed to make Jake Coker beat it, and Jake Coker did.  Can anyone imagine saying the same thing about, say, Greyson Lambert?
  • And for those out there who argue that recruiting rankings are overrated, that they’d rather have a team full of motivated three-star kids than whatever, last night’s Cotton Bowl pretty much showed differently.  Sure, you’d better be able to coach ’em, and motivation matters, but domination still begins with having more of the Jimmies and Joes than the other team does.

Oh, and let me finish with this bit of snark.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Clemson: Auburn With A Lake, Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, Nick Saban Rules

“You quickly jump on board. We just want to win, man.”

At most programs, a Top 100 recruit winding up in little more than a bit, supporting role as a junior or senior would be considered a disappointment.  At Alabama, though, it’s just part of the process.

You know what?  In this day and age with hat ceremonies and stage parents preening if their kids don’t, Saban deserves credit for making that work, all while grinding away signing top classes year after year.

Can Kirby do that, too?


Filed under Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting

The process isn’t impressed with the Georgia Way.

Well, now.

Then again, maybe he’s just ticked at McGarity for taking Kirby Smart.


Filed under Nick Saban Rules

‘If you’re not coaching something, you’re letting it happen.’

It’s easy to give Jeff Schultz crap about some of the stuff he writes, but in my opinion, he really nails the expectations surrounding the Kirby Smart hire with this piece.

This, for example, is what we’re all hoping Smart brings with him.

Smart said Saban’s methods suggest, “I’m going to affect players more mentally than I am with X’s-and-O’s.”

The most important thing Saban taught him?

“How to compartmentalize,” Smart said. “You have all these boxes with all of these jobs you need to do them all really good within two hours of each other. You go from one meeting about a game plan to another meeting about recruiting to another meeting about academics. And in the middle of it all, maybe somebody gets arrested. But deal with each issue as it comes up. Don’t get overwhelmed by all the stuff you’re dealing with. He’s a master of that. He’s a master of psychology with the players. He’s changed a lot from the first time I met him at LSU.”

Details are what did Mark Richt in.  He never found a consistent way to manage everything.  Ultimately, that’s what kept a good coaching career at Georgia from being a great one.  And if Smart can’t do a better job in that department, well, he won’t get 15 years to figure it out.

It’s not all on Smart, either.  Which is still my biggest fear.

So why can’t everybody do it? Are Saban’s methods that complicated, or is he just smarter than everybody else?

“It’s really hard work, and it’s a grind,” Smart said. “It’s having the full support of the athletic department and the president and an unlimited budget to get what you need. He gets every competitive advantage that he can think of.”

Does that really sound like something we should expect to change at Georgia?  Color me skeptical about that.  I hope I’m wrong, but I’ll have to see the new leaf turned first before I’ll buy in.

Saban loves talking about the steps in his “process”: The vision, the procedure, the daily discipline to make it work, regardless of circumstances encountered along the way.

Most coaches have a similar philosophy. What they don’t have is Saban’s resume – or resources, power or job security. That’s why it’s so difficult to replicate.

If Kirby Smart manages to succeed despite a less than full commitment to the process and someone comes calling a few years from now who promises unconditional support, do you think he’ll show the same organizational loyalty that marked Richt’s career in Athens?  If so, why?


Filed under Georgia Football, Nick Saban Rules