Alabama Football: Bama Cuts, The Process and complacency


‘Bama Cuts’ is an impressive commercial vehicle for Alabama football. The show is entertaining and brings you into the world of the Crimson Tide and the mastermind, Alabama football head coach Nick Saban.

For the second week in a row, Nick Saban is in the barber shop with former Alabama football stars Derrick Henry, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and Amari Cooper. After Ha Ha was shut down last week by Saban for asking for every former player to get five percent of his car dealership, it was shocking to see him still there.

In all seriousness, the wily coach delivers several truth bombs. Everyone recognizes Saban’s ‘Process.’ Whenever media members discuss Alabama, the buzzword surfaces somewhere at a point in the conversation. Saban explains what ‘The Process’ is in the video,

"“The Process is nothing but the definition of what you have to do to accomplish the goals that you have. That’s all it is. This is what you do to be successful as a person, a student and a player.”"

As Saban always says, aiight.  There it is. Put that in your notebook.

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Complacency is another term that Saban always preaches to his players. It is especially important for him to turn up the pressure at practice to keep the self-gratification down in the locker room.

The players recall the infamous butt-chewings they received under Saban. Clinton-Dix recalls not going in motion in the red zone against undefeated Mississippi State. He said Saban called timeout and gave him a good dressing down.

Henry’s story was even funnier when he talked about how running backs Kenyan Drake, Damien Harris, and Bo Scarbrough were injured, and he was running with the first team during practice. The offense kept messing up, and Saban said rerun it. He told Nick, “I am tired.” Next thing he knows the head coach was on him like a wet paper towel. He never repeated those words in Tuscaloosa.

Coop revealed he did not think the team would be any good.  Saban never told them good practice. He always told them what they did not do right. Then they went out and blew out Michigan, and he was like what is coach talking about all the time.

Pearls of Wisdom

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KANSAS CITY, MO – JANUARY 6: Running back Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans breaks free from the tackle attempt of free safety Ron Parker #38 of the Kansas City Chiefs on his way to scoring a fourth quarter touchdown during the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images) /

Competition brings out the best in everyone. The clashes at practice are what makes the Tide better than everyone else. Saban mentioned there are roughly 40 Alabama players in the NFL today. Additionally, Henry will become the Tennessee Titans’ starting running back this fall after sitting behind Demarco Murray. Clinton-Dix and Cooper are Pro Bowl players.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recalls one time Saban said at a press conference, “there is no I in the word team, but there is one in the word win.” Afterward, he goes on to talk about how vital outstanding players are to the team. He realized it with the loss of Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay.

Tide player bonds run deep

Something that resonated with me was how Henry talked about the camaraderie and brotherhood established in college. He misses those days. Once practice is over in the pros, everyone goes their own way.

Coop has been in the league for four years.  He has had ten people share the locker next to him. Having that many teammates show how often the revolving door swings in the NFL.

The “Florida boys” are among the NFL best players at their respective positions. Hearing them reference players in the NFL that played for the Tide again is a strong testament to Saban.

Thank you, Coach Saban, for letting fans gain access to your kingdom and your wisdom.

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Once again, another excellent video for Alabama football. Recruits see a side of the 66-year-old coach that was improperly perceived by the media. His standard is available for everyone to emulate. Competition and complacency weed out the weaker players and set up the ones that can maintain excellence toward a path of success.