Nick Saban loves coaching football, but not necessarily watching it.
It’s one thing when he’s viewing film and trying to come up with a game plan for his No. 1 Crimson Tide, but after the fact, football is rarely seen on Saban’s television.
He explained as much while talking on the Dan Patrick Show Thursday.
“Not really that much,” Saban said when asked how much football he watches. “When you work 75-80 hours a week, and that’s probably not counting the game on Saturdays. There isn’t a whole lot of time left over when you are watching football on Sunday from 12-10 p.m. and then you run home and sit in your chair for 45 minutes before you get in bed. And then you want to watch some more football on TV. It’s not appealing to me.
“We do try to do an analytics of games that are played. Situations come up in games from a game management stand point sometime it’s good to review. You never think that a situation is going to come up and then it does, and you are not prepared for it. We do a little study on that every week and have people that do that. That’s not like watching the game.”
While watching football is not appealing to Alabama’s head man, he would be interested in taking in another aspect that accompanies the game.
Nick Saban has never been to a tailgate.
He’s never even really thought about attending one, but Patrick brought up the possibility of surprising a group during pregame festivities to grab a hot dog. Saban seemed intrigued with the idea.
“Never. Not that I can ever recall,” Saban said of going to a tailgate. “There’s very few games that I ever, other than playing the game, that you go to as a fan.That would be an experience that would be unique and I would be interested enough to see if I would enjoy it actually”
More highlights from Saban’s interview:
On how a coach disagrees with Saban…“Everybody can disagree. I am always looking for input, always looking for a better way. I think everybody should have their opinion, but ultimately I think in any organization somebody has to be the leader. A decision has to get made. And when the decision gets made everybody has to take it and run with it and do the best they can to make it work. And that doesn’t mean that every decision you make it the right decision. But there’s several ways to skin a cat, but the best way to have you way work is you go out and execute it effectively. That comes down to the coaches actually getting it to the players and the players actually buying into it so they can go out and execute it. Where people sort of don’t get it is you always talk about practicing. A lot of people practice to get it right. As soon as I get this, ‘OK, I am finished practicing.’ But really, you practice until you can’t get it wrong. And that’s the kind of execution that you need.”
On Les Miles…“I think Les Miles is an outstanding coach. I think he did a fantastic job at LSU. I think his record speaks for itself. I know it’s been one of our most difficult games, and some of the best competitive venues we’ve had against him and his teams in terms of the way they compete, the way they play. I have a lot of respect for what he’s accomplished, the kind of coach he is. I basically think from a players perspective and the college game, firing people in the middle of the season or during the season is not something that’s endearing to college football or the spirit of college football. Maybe I am crazy to think that we can have that. I don’t think college football is a business but it is certainly revenue producing. I think some of those aspects really affect the decision making in things like this.”
On attending a Rolling Stones concert with Bill Belichick…“We went last year when they were in Atlanta, we went to the concert, but I’ve never ever thought about taking the time to do that,” Saban said of the Rolling Stones during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday morning. “But I will say when Bill and I were together in Cleveland, he and I used to sneak out and go see various concerts. We went to see the Eagles, Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr. We’d just kind of sneak out and do it every now and then.”