Nick Saban and Alabama suffered a shocking upset loss at the hands of the LSU Tigers, a defeat that puts the Tide’s College Football Playoff hopes in serious jeopardy. Naturally, Saban had to answer for the surprising turn of events, both in the aftermath of the contest and during his media availability on Monday afternoon.
The Alabama Football head coach was asked about the performance of his coordinators, specifically offensive play-caller Bill O’Brien. Saban’s response to the question was interesting, as he seemingly put O’Brien on notice before later placing the responsibility on himself. Here’s what Nick Saban had to say, per Charlie Potter of 247 Sports.
“There’s things that we need to do better. I’m not gonna analyze anybody publicly, good, bad or indifferent.”
Nick Saban said that “there are things we need to do better.” The Alabama football coach declined to “analyze” Bill O’Brien- or any of his coordinators.
Saban then continued by saying that “he has the right to veto every” play. The Crimson Tide coach finished up by saying that the performance on the field is his “responsibility.”
Nick Saban isn’t blasting O’Brien. But it’s clear by his use of the word ‘we’, that he’s not pleased with the collective performance that Alabama football has delivered. That includes O’Brien’s play-calling, which has drawn the ire of Tide fans in the past.
Whether or not this leads to any staff changes or tweaks in player personnel, remains to be seen. One thing is for sure.
Alabama football’s recent performance is unacceptable in the eyes of Nick Saban.