Anonymous coaches tear down Alabama’s Nick Saban as one of college football’s most overrated

Not everybody is a fan of Nick Saban, despite Alabama’s dominance over the past decade. And that includes some of his coaching counterparts.

CBS Sports interviewed some of the country’s coaches anonymously, asking them to name who they think are some of the most overrated and underrated coaches in college football. Saban was named by 9 percent of the coaches, tied for second most with former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin (Florida Atlantic) and Lovie Smith (Illinois).

Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh led the most overrated section, getting named by 13 percent, while South Carolina’s Will Muschamp was the only other SEC coach to make the cut (4 percent).

Those who named Saban had no problem laying into the Alabama coach.

Here’s what two anonymous coaches told CBS Sports as their reasoning for Saban:

  • “Nick’s got a lot of advantages. In [my conference], you could take five or six of us and get there a month before the season and win 12 games. There is a little f—ing machine underneath that stadium, and they grow them there.”
  • “We’re going to have a war. You’re going to have a howitzer, and I have a musket, and then every time we’ll say that you’re brilliant.”

How other coaches would have fared at Alabama recently is an unknown, but you can’t argue that Saban has produced results. The Crimson Tide has won four national championships since 2009 and five SEC titles during that span, including each of the past three years.