Monday, September 1, 2014

Gene Chizik picks Alabama over Auburn for spot in College Football Playoff during SEC Network debut

The former Auburn coach revealed his "mock" College Football Playoff bracket following the first Saturday of the season and included Alabama as his last team in the four-team field.

"I know that they didn't play probably to the standard everybody thinks Alabama ought to play to, but the bottom line is they're Alabama," Chizik said at halftime of the Utah State-Tennessee game. "They're going to improve."

"Don't overlook Michigan State and Auburn because they're creeping up to the top four fast," Chizik said.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Nick Saban talks Lane Kiffin's laid back mentality, offensive philosophy on ESPN Gameday-Video

Friday, August 29, 2014

Nick Saban doesn't name starter but gave some hints about Alabama's QB competition

"I really do think people need to understand that I know everybody wants answers and everybody wants to have great hope that a certain player's going to be able to do certain things at whatever position it might be," Saban said. "But to be fair to all the players, every player has the opportunity to compete and somebody has to beat somebody out to have credibility with your team.

"My job is to play the best players and the guys that have done best the job for this game. For this game. That does not mean that it's going to stay that way. It does not mean that if you're the starting pitcher that you're going to pitch for nine innings. The manager sometimes comes in and takes the guy out. All these things are options that are available."

"Here's the thing everybody needs to understand that people don't understand," Saban said. "We have a guy playing quarterback who has been in the system for a long time and really has a really good understanding, very confident in what he's doing. I know he didn't play very well in the spring game and that's how a lot of people evaluate him. But he has done very well this fall and he did very well last spring and he has a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge."

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nick Saban explains how top recruits Tony Brown, Marlon Humphrey will contribute

Brown, who enrolled in January, has been impressing since spring practice. Saban said he'll play early on special teams as well as rotating at cornerback. "But he's still a guy who needs to progress, not get frustrated by what he doesn't know, and be able to focus on — you know — knowledge and confidence," said Saban who works with cornerbacks specifically in practice.

"I think every freshman sort of learns that they have a lot to learn about how to play," Saban said. "You know in some cases they have to learn how to play with the other people that they play with, to communicate, make adjustments, depend on other people, you know, help them, so they can do the right things. You play a team defense in which everybody's got to do their job."

"It's hard to be confident if you don't have knowledge, an understanding of what you're supposed to do and how you're supposed to do it," Saban said. "It always scares me when a guy doesn't know what to do but he's really confident. I'm saying that's like not very smart, I don't think. But it takes a while for these guys to get it. Then they start playing fast. But Tony Brown is going to be a really good player and so is Marlon."

Monday, August 18, 2014

How Nick Saban evaluated several Alabama positions after both scrimmages

"I really thought we had some tempo, especially early on offense," Saban said. "... I thought all three of our backs did very well. Receivers made plays."

"Offensively, we never really got a lot of rhythm," Saban said. "Couple drives we got some rhythm, whether it was a dropped ball, a misfired pass, a penalty — a lot of shooting ourselves in the foot type of stuff. Definitely stuff that we can get cleaned up, definitely stuff that we can fix. We did make some explosive plays today.

"Defensively, we have a long way to go," Saban said after Round 1. "I think we missed a lot of tackles. We had  a lot of young players that are getting a lot of opportunities because of the players that we have out."

"Defensively, there was much better tackling, better hitting, not as many missed tackles," Saban said Saturday. "(The second-team) defense makes too many mental errors, but we never had a lot of that with the first group and they played pretty well except for down on the goal line today."

"I don't think we were physical enough on the line of scrimmage today," Saban said. "I think that's something that we've got to work on."

Quarterbacks

"I do think Blake probably is playing a little faster right now, been in the system longer, has a better understanding, has a little bit more rhythm," Saban said. "I think sometimes Jake is still trying to feel his way. He made some real significant strides in practice this week and had some really good practices."

Saban was very positive about the growth of kicker Adam Griffith after both scrimmages. He went 4-for-5 in the first one with his only miss coming in poor weather conditions.
"So I was encouraged by the specialists and the progress that we made on special teams," Saban said Saturday.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Nick Saban offers early evaluation of Jacob Coker,

"He's a very athletic guy, he's got the right character, attitude, work ethic," Saban said. "He's really fit in well with the other players in terms of the kind of personality he has and how they can relate to him. All those things have been extremely positive."

"I see a guy who certainly has raw talent, but I also have seen a little bit of apprehension," Saban said. "He's a very conscientious guy, he wants to do things right in terms of knowledge and understanding systematically the offense, making the right decisions, getting the ball to the right place. We're encouraged by what he's done. We're not disappointed at all.
"He's been a real positive addition to our program. He's been very, very competitive relative to the other quarterbacks. We want to continue to honor that development."

Saban went on to say his second practice was a big improvement over Day 1 on Friday.
"Looked a lot more confident, played a lot faster, was more accurate with the ball," Saban said. "So all the things that are real important to that position you started to see fall into place. I know there's a lot of competition at this position."

Friday, August 1, 2014

Video-See which Alabama quarterbacks look sharp throwing variety of passes in first practice

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

4-star Florida safety Ronnie Harrison commits to Alabama

The Crimson Tide added the 20th commitment of its 2015 class when Tallahassee, Fla., safetyRonnie Harrison gave his verbal commitment on Tuesday afternoon.In the 247Sports composite, Harrison is rated as the No. 205 prospect and the No. 9 overall safety in the country.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nick Saban, Alabama players talk Lane Kiffin after seven months with the Tide

"I was a head coach for one year at Toledo (1990) and then went to the Cleveland Browns as a defensive coordinator (under Bill Belichick)," Saban said. "As soon as you get used to being the boss, and then you're not the boss any more, it's a transition, I don't care who it's for. All of a sudden you can't say when everybody gets to go home. It's just different. But he's done a really good job for us, the players respond to him well, he's a good teacher, he's smart, he's a good coach. So far, so good."

"Well, I think anytime anybody has knowledge and experience, it certainly contributes a lot of value in your organization," Saban said. "I think it kind of goes both ways. I think you learn a little from them, I think they learn a little from you. I think you can make subtle changes in what you do to make it more effective because of the input you get from your staff.

"The more experience that your staff has, obviously I think the better they understand the big picture and have the kind of foresight that you need to have that you know when you make changes, what the cause and effect of those changes are going to be. Lane certainly has been helpful in a lot of those areas."

Receiver Christion Jones said he's relating with the young players.
"Yeah. Very well," Jones said. "He was a head coach at Tennessee and an OC. Coming from USC, winning championships, he understands what type of standard we set here at Alabama, and it's sort of the same type of standard he's used to."

 Amari Cooper likes the  structure of the playbook and philosophy.
"I think Coach Kiffin takes advantage of match-ups," he said. "I think he has a good sense of what it's like to be an offensive coordinator. He's a very calm person and brings that calmness to the team when things get serious and when you are battling for a national championship every year."

Friday, July 18, 2014

4-star Wetumpka offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy commits to Alabama