A new book from longtime Alabama radio analyst Phil Savage provides plenty of details about the inner workings of the Crimson Tide Football program.
4th & Goal Every Day: Alabama’s Relentless Pursuit of Perfection, written by Savage with sportswriter Ray Glier, includes a preface by Saban and a foreword by Rece Davis of ESPN’s College GameDay. It will be released Aug. 29.
According to AL.com’s Creg Stephenson, Savage provides a variety of insights into his role within program, as well as anecdotes featuring inside information from key points during the last few Alabama seasons.
The biggest reveal may be about the now-famous sideline verbal berating Saban gave Kiffin while the Crimson Tide held a considerable lead over Western Kentucky last season.
“Savage writes that Kiffin said into his headset ‘dumb players make dumb plays,’ which all the Crimson Tide coaches heard. Saban snapped back with ‘no, dumb offensive coordinators call dumb plays,’ ” according to Stephenson.
Also, Savage gives a great tidbit on scouting on which he and Saban collaborated. It focused on Texas A&M giving away their plays before the snap because the offensive tackles positioned themselves differently depending whether the play was a run or pass.
“Saban verified this information through his own film study and incorporated it into Alabama’s game plan, with inside linebacker Reuben Foster checking the tackles’ stances prior to each play,” Stephenson writes. “Foster totaled 12 tackles, Texas A&M averaged three yards per carry and Alabama won 33-14.”