HOOVER, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban spoke with reporters on Wednesday prior to teeing off in the Regions Tradition pro am.
Here are some of the highlights:
- On the best round of golf he’s played: Not all that great. Maybe 75 once in a blue moon in the summer time when I play some. I just try to get it airborne. That’s my goal.
- On challenge of defending rub/pick routes: I think everybody does it. It’s not something that’s unique to one game. It’s a situation that we didn’t play very well, we didn’t coach very well and we didn’t do a very good job on those particular plays. It’s something we work on all the time. We work on inside the 10 (yard line) red zone defense. We work on inside the 5 red zone defense and the way you pass off and different things when you get closer to the goal line (because) it’s a little different. When things don’t work, you always wish you did them a different way. We certainly do in that game.
- On constant changes to the coaching staff: First of all, we don’t change our organization based on changing people. We have people come into the organization to buy into the things that we do just like the players need to buy in to the things that we do. I think that’s the key to the drill. I think it’s really important, though, that the people you do bring into the organization can gain the respect and trust of the players on the team because I think that’s a really important part of their development as well as being a team. It all starts with that respect and trust factor. I think the new coaches that we have on our staff this year have done a fabulous job of that part of it and our players respond to them extremely well. We’re pleased with that.
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Alabama coach Nick Saban