Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban made the media rounds today as part of the run-up to the beginning of college football season, and appeared on ESPN’s College Football Live to break down film for
Saban, looking resplendent – if diminutive – next to former Florida quarterback and current college football analyst Jesse Palmer, talked about the X’s and O’s of Alabama’s win over Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game.
In maybe the understatement of the preseason, Saban discussed the Fighting Irish goal line defense with his typical subtlety:
“We’d kinda picked up on the fact that they weren’t real sound in coverage here,” Saban said.
Saban went on to praise Tide quarterback AJ McCarron for his role in running an offense that heavily features the play-action pass, saying that being able to successfully pull off the fake handoff is a rare skill.
“One of the lost arts now for quarterbacks is faking the ball,” Saban said. “Ball handling.” Saban went on to say that it’s a focus for his team in practice, in order to be able to execute in game situations.
“Did you really affect anyone,” he said, referring to the act of freezing linebackers on opposing defenses, “or are you just sticking the ball out there?”
As the 2013 season approaches, expect more face time for Saban on the various college football preseason specials, and even the occasional insight into how the Tide are preparing to defend their BCS title.