Like most coaches, Nick Saban carries one piece of equipment around with him the entire game: His headset.
Have you ever wondered how many voices he’s listening to at a given moment? If so, we finally have an answer. A fan asked Saban that question during the coach’s radio show on Thursday night.
As usual, his response was thorough.
The coach uses a three-way switch that cycles between coordinators and press box spotters on offense, defense and special teams. Simple enough, right? But there’s one thing that can screw up the process.
“I don’t like a lot of people talking on the headset when I’m on the headset with the offensive coordinator,” Saban said. “He needs to call the plays. We don’t need a lot of noise. We don’t need a commentator telling us what happened on the last play. We need to be focused on the next play.
“There’s a lot of coaches that like to talk about what happened on the last play like fans. ‘Oh, he was wide open and he dropped the ball.’ We don’t need that.”
That sort of conduct gets Saban pretty angry.
“I really get mad,” he said. “Cussin’ mad. When guys that aren’t supposed to be talking are talking on the headset. It wastes time. The shot clock is going.”
Saban almost never discusses plays after they happen; he’s constantly inquiring about packages and situational information for the next set of downs. But he and the staff go over every first-half play after the second quarter, and then discuss every individual play during film sessions later in the weekend.
If you see him yelling into his headset on Saturday afternoon, it’s probably because one of his assistants stepped out of line on the airwaves.
— SEC Country (@seccountry) October 15, 2015