For Nick Saban, it was just another month of the process. He seemingly can do no wrong. Especially after how both of his quarterbacks played in the Alabama spring game on April 22.
After the Alabama quarterbacks shined in Alabama’s spring game, Saban saw 10 of his former players selected in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft. Only Michigan had more players drafted, with 11. Four members of the 2016 Crimson Tide team were taken in the first round.
After a ton of staff turnover on offense, specifically with Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian both leaving for other jobs, Saban hired Brian Daboll. Alabama’s latest offensive coordinator was a graduate assistant at Michigan State when Saban was the head coach there. Daboll had been with the New England Patriots since 2013 — his second stint with the team — serving as a tight ends coach the past three seasons.
And in Daboll’s first showing, the offense, especially the passing game, looked really, really good. Both Jalen Hurts and 5-star freshman Tua Tagovailoa delivered strong performances, as did freshman wide receiver Jerry Jeudy.
Even with the staff turnover — Mario Cristobal and Billy Napier also moved on — things look great for Saban and Alabama. In addition to developing a number of players into potential NFL draft picks, he also brings back a loaded team with the likes of receiver Calvin Ridley, running back Bo Scarbrough and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.
And Kiffin is still answering questions about Alabama, as he chimed in and said that he expects Tagovailoa to see the field in his freshman season.
In SEC Country’s third coach approval rating poll, Saban finished on top with a 97.8 rating. He’s been in first place in every single poll so far.
Saban also received a three-year contract extension, bumping his salary up to $11 million for the coming season.
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The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.