Jonathan Allen sure loved seeing Nick Saban get steamed at Lane Kiffin.
On Tuesday, the former Alabama defensive lineman stopped by to chat with the Russillo & Kanell Show on ESPN Radio. During the conversation, Allen offered a delicious detail that it was the goal of Alabama defenders to watch Saban crush Kiffin, who was the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator from 2014-16.
Allen was asked which was more fun: Earning a sack or watching Saban yell at Kiffin. Allen chose Saban yelling at Kiffin, of course.
Check out what Allen said on the show below.
“Oh, easily watching Saban crush Kiffin. At practice, literally, it was our goal to see how many times we could get coach Saban to ‘MF’ Kiffin. I mean, that was our goal. … We would just try to blow it up and just destroy it and kill the offense. And you just know Kiffin is just going to get it.”
That’s awesome stuff from Allen.
Certainly, those practices had to be intense. Allen describes those drills as Alabama’s best players on both sides of the ball going against one another.
Allen, who’s preparing for the 2017 NFL Draft, was part of a standout defense for the Crimson Tide. Alabama’s offense had to benefit from going against that group in each practice, and it’s clear the competitive juices flowed.
Yes, the work paid off. The Crimson Tide developed a reputation as a machine during Kiffin’s run in Tuscaloosa, with Alabama claiming 3 consecutive SEC titles and 1 national championship during the stretch.
Click here to check out Allen’s full interview on the show.