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Evaluation is important, and the sooner you have to make decisions on these guys, the greater opportunity you have to make mistakes. By doing all this, we sort of minimize the opportunity to be able to evaluate these guys, which affects their opportunity too.feedback
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May 16 2017
Nick Saban has been quoted 69 times. The one recent article where Nick Saban has been quoted is Saban backs proposed redshirt rule tweak. Most recently, Nick Saban was quoted as having said, “It would actually enhance their development to some degree. With the numbers that we have right now and the number of games that we're playing, you might be able to play a few more players in some of those games, and that would help some of the other players on your team, as well. The number one thing, it would tremendously help the development of some young players on your team to be able to look forward to being able to play in some guys but not lose the year.”.
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You've got guys blocking downfield when you throw a pass. How much better does it get for the offense? You've got to do some of that stuff, but I also thought we needed to go back and make sure we were coaching the passing game like we needed to do it to be able to develop a quarterback so we could have more balance in what we were doing. We threw a lot of passes last year (an average of 27.8 per game), but they were the kind of passes Jalen could deal with, but really not the kind of passes that took advantage of the skill players that we had.feedback

Look, having to make the change probably wasn't helpful, but it was better than the alternative and that wasn't my fault. It's unfortunate, but it is what it is.feedback

If you had asked me if that team makes it to the championship game in September, I would have said probably not because of the quarterback (Jalen Hurts) being a true freshman. But after we got there, I felt like if we had played to our strengths as a team, we would win. But we didn't play to our strengths, and that's my fault. That's the part that's hard to get over.feedback

I'll never get over it because you never do with those kind of losses. I never got over the returned field goal at Auburn. I never got over playing poorly against Ohio State and losing that game late. And then in this game, we didn't play very well, and Clemson did when they had to. That's what eats at you. We didn't play that great against Washington, either (in a 24-7 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl win) in the semifinal.feedback

We scored more points in that game against a better defense than we did the first playoff game. We really scored 17 against Washington (not counting a defensive touchdown). At the end of the day, we played 80 plays of defense and gave up 14 points, and Clemson scored three times in the fourth quarter. So, what's that have to do with the offensive coordinator? Now, if we had kept the ball more on offense, maybe there wouldn't have been the pressure on the defense in the end or whatever, but we just didn't do the things we needed to do to win that game.feedback

Something happened to our team from the SEC championship game to the playoff. You look at the Clemson game, and our really good players didn't play very well. But Clemson was a damn good team. They were the best team we played against with the best quarterback, and where we needed to play well, we didn't.feedback

I didn't do a good job, whether it was keeping the team focused, making sure the team took the ownership they needed to take in those games ... whatever. I don't know what it was. But I do know it's on me, and we'll go on and all learn from it. Two years in a row, we've lost a lot of guys. We just had a lot of depth on defense and it didn't show up, and we were still really good last year. We've got a lot of young guys that can make a contribution to the team, which we need from a depth standpoint.feedback

Look, I don't compare anything to anything.feedback

These are all just fundamental things that we continue to emphasize. I think players make plays.feedback

I didn't talk to one NFL team last year, they know who to call: Jimmy Sexton has been with me for a long time. He calls me and says, Are you interested?' And I say no and that's it. That's as far as anything ever went with any team.feedback

We appreciate all Coach Sarkisian did for our program during his time here. He is an outstanding coach, and we wish him the best in his new role as Atlanta's offensive coordinator. As always, when we have an opening on our staff, we will use it as an opportunity to go out and hire the best coach available.feedback

If you want to talk about the success that he had, that's rivaled by no one. He does loom large, and we're happy for that because the things that he did created our opportunity to be successful because of the tradition he established at the University of Alabama.feedback

I think Bear Bryant is probably the greatest coach that ever coached college football. That would be my vote, and it would stay that way for a long time, because he had success over a long, long period of time.feedback

He had a great impact on integration of college football in the South, which may be his most significant accomplishment. A lot of those things that he accomplished, I don't know that anyone else could provide the leadership that could match that.feedback

The environment of college football changed dramatically during his time. He won championships running the wishbone, he won championships passing the ball. He effectively changed with whatever his players could do and whatever was required at the time.feedback

Because once you enter the draft, you can't improve your draft status. But if you stay in college you can improve your draft status dramatically.feedback

I think the philosophy here is the more information that the NFL can get on players, the more accurate they can be in evaluation. And I think that players are trying to make a business decision after three years in school, business decision being, where will I get drafted relative to if I stayed in school, where could I develop and get drafted a year from now and have a better opportunity for myself.feedback

Before he left, he said he was supposed to do some TV work or something, but he would really like to get involved in a program someplace, and if there was any opportunity for him to do it here ... And I liked him in the week that he spent with us.feedback

The guy has been with us the whole year, the whole football season. He knows the offense. He knows the players. He's worked on the game plans every week. He knows the system inside and out, knows the terminology.feedback

I don't have any failsafe. I just feel like I have to make decisions based on what's best for the players to have the best chance to be successful and we made the decision and we're not talking about it anymore. We're moving forward and we're looking forward and everybody is going to do everything they can to support the people that are here now to make it work.feedback

We had 25 negative plays in the last game so what do you think I saw? We had poor execution, a lot of poor fundamentals. Didn't execute well. Weren't very consistent.feedback

I try to make the decisions based on what's best for helping our players be successful. At the time there was no anticipation or thought that there would be any kind of problem relative to managing to jobs at once. When we sort of saw, and agreed, that that was a little bit of a tough team, then we decided to move in a different direction.feedback

It's really not even possible from a legal standpoint for him to do those things. That's not something that we're interested in pursuing.feedback

We're in the planning stages right now, so I don't know why y'all keep asking me what changes we're going to make. Dabo's a good friend of mine. Maybe I'll just call him up and tell him what we're going to do.feedback

This wasn't an easy decision and we appreciate the way Lane handled this in terms of doing what is best for our team. At the end of the day, both of us wanted to put our players in the best position to be successful.feedback

We appreciate all that Lane has done for our football program over the last three years. We sat down following the Washington game and talked about the time demands of managing both jobs, and we recognized that it is best for our players, and for Lane, that we allow him to turn his full attention to his new head coaching role at FAU.feedback

We've been playing him more and more, and he has certainly delivered in a really positive way. Whoever's hot, that's who's going to get the ball. He's been hot lately and he's going to get the ball.feedback

Bo's been playing pretty well for us the last three or four games. We wanted to play him more. He's hard to tackle. He's big and powerful. He's playing with a lot of confidence.feedback

After we got into the flow of the game, I thought we did pretty well on defense.feedback

Rather than thinking that they're trick plays, they're little unusual plays that create a tremendous amount of attention to detail and discipline for defensive players.feedback

When your dad's a coach, you spend a little bit more time talking about and developing a better understanding of the game itself and things that are important in the game. I know that was significant to me as a young player growing up, and that was probably something that helped Jalen grow.feedback

We'll do what's in the best interest of Lane, our program, our players, but I would think that he would want to finish the season with us. I can't speak to that right now. ... I'm not going to answer any more questions about hypothetical situations.feedback

I'm sure the University of Houston will make an announcement about who their coach is when they're ready to do that.feedback

There was a lot of talk out there about the playoffs and not much talk about the SEC championship game, which was a little concerning to me as a coach. I was really proud of the maturity that our players showed of competing in that game and wanting to win that championship.feedback

The next step is what do we create as a legacy for this team in terms of how they do in the playoffs.feedback

They have a chance to do something to create a legacy for this team. That's something they should think about, how important that is, what they are willing to do to do it. Because all the teams you play from here on out are really, really good.feedback

We've had conversations about it. He wants to be a head coach. I want him to be a head coach. I want to help him get a head coaching job.feedback

The rest of it, we have not discussed, and I don't think it's the right time.feedback

These guys have done fantastic job all year long to win 13 games and the SEC.feedback

Can't really fall in love with what we've done in the past.feedback

I know nothing about it. He's never mentioned it to me. I'm sure he would if there was something out there.feedback

He really has a resiliency just to come back and focus on the next play.feedback

At halftime, I guess everybody thought I was going to throw a fit, but I told them, Look guys, all we've got to do is go out there and play with some poise and confidence.feedback

We had some really, really challenging field position situations in this game, and our players responded really well to it.feedback

They've got several very good pass rushers. A combination of all those things has made them probably the most effective front we've played against all year.feedback

He got the ball to some of our playmakers down the field and they had opportunities to make big plays.feedback

He has great poise. I don't think the stage is too big for him at all. He expects a lot of himself and we expect a lot of him because he's in a role that has tremendous responsibility. He has handled that very, very well.feedback

You can talk about winning ugly and maybe it wasn't always pretty, because we certainly didn't execute and do things the way we'd like, but you've got to give LSU a lot of credit. It was a tough atmosphere for us out there. But our defense was outstanding.feedback

When they get challenged a little bit, they usually respond and I think they responded really well tonight.feedback

I think that was the real turning point in the game, because it changed the momentum of the game. Those plays are always huge in games, but that one was especially huge.feedback

The goal going into this game was to play a complete game, start fast, finish, and I think we probably did that as well as we've done all year.feedback

It was really a difficult game for an old coach to have to suffer through. But we made it. We made it and I'm really proud of our players.feedback

We thought this was going to be a 60-minute game. We knew we probably would have to wear them down and beat them in the second half.feedback

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