While Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis is known as one of the greatest defensive minds in college football, that reputation hasn’t helped him against Alabama since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa.
As the Chattanooga Times Free Press’ David Paschall points out, Chavis will be coaching against Alabama for the 28th straight year Saturday when the Aggies host the Crimson Tide. He’s faced Alabama every year since 1989, first as a position coach at Tennessee and then as a defensive coordinator for Tennessee, LSU and Texas A&M.
Before Saban came to Alabama in 2007, Chavis’ teams were always competitive against the Crimson Tide, going 12-10 with him as defensive coordinator. Since then, however, Chavis has struggled.
John Chavis is facing Alabama for a 28th consecutive season. Chavis is 12-10 as a DC against Bama but 2-8 against Saban-coached Tide.
— David Paschall (@DavidSPaschall) October 20, 2016
Chavis’ teams are 2-8 against the Crimson Tide under Nick Saban, with both wins coming as LSU’s defensive coordinator in 2010 and 2011.
Now, Chavis doesn’t get all the blame for those losses because he hasn’t been a head coach in any of them. And even if they were, he wouldn’t need to feel bad. Saban’s record against everyone not named Urban Meyer (2-2) is gaudy.