The Alabama Crimson Tide are college football’s premier team, and other coaches look to head coach Nick Saban as an example of how to run an organization. One former coach has laid out what he sees as Alabama’s blueprint for success.
Longtime Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno, son of legendary Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno, posted an explanation of the Tide’s success recently on StateCollege.com, the newspaper of Penn State.
In the article Paterno discusses the three BCS Championship victories Alabama has won in the last four years, noting that the Tide have outscored their opponents by a combined 100-35, and won their last four bowl games by a combined score of 149-42.
Fans of Alabama football will recognize the recipe for success that Paterno outlines, noting that Alabama controls the clock, stops the run and plays ball-control offense. He also notes that the traditional, power football employed by the Crimson Tide may be a throwback to the old days of the sport, but that it outshines the pass-happy offenses so praised by sports media outlets.
In a world of hyper-marketed high-paced offenses wearing the uniform of the week, there is a program that is about toughness, defense and substance over style. It keeps winning the national championship.
Paterno says that despite the popularity of the aerial attack favored by teams like Oregon and Oklahoma State, at the end of the season it’s the traditional offenses like Alabama and yes, Notre Dame, that make it to the championship.