Monday, September 8, 2014
"I know that you all would love to create a quarterback controversy," Saban said. "I think as much as you might try to do that, the one thing that I noticed that I wish you noticed is that after Jake Coker's touchdown pass, who was the first guy to go jump up and give him a congratulations and a hug and all that? Blake Sims.
"Both guys are working to improve. We need them both to work to improve. Both players did good things in the game and both players did things that they can improve on. I think at this point our focus needs to be on trying to help both of those guys to play better."
"To me, whichever quarterback develops and gives us the best chance to win when we play Florida, that's the guy we're going to play," Saban said. "So far Blake has done a really good job and we're trying to get Jake experience. Whether he has to play or we need him to play or something happens to another quarterback, he's ready to play. We're making those evaluations on a day-to-day basis.
"I don't know who's starting at strong safety in the Texas A&M game when we play them, either. We'll just have to wait and see."
"It doesn't really matter what you think or what anybody else thinks," Saban said. "We have to make a decision based on winning with our coaches, our players, our team so that we're going to put them in the best position to have the best chance to be successful. It doesn't have to be about one guy, it doesn't have to be about, 'Well, this guy's the starter and this guy's this.' We're so quick to want to categorize people when it's really not necessary to do that.
"The focus is how do we get all players better and that's what we're trying to do at the quarterback position and every other position on the team."
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Monday, September 1, 2014
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.
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Friday, August 29, 2014
"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."
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Friday, August 22, 2014
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."
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Monday, August 18, 2014
"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."
"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.
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"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."
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Friday, August 1, 2014
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