Nick Saban is serving as inspiration for Lane Kiffin when it comes to how the Florida Atlantic coach views play-calling duties.
As relayed by AL.com’s Mark Heim, the former Alabama offensive coordinator said he learned from observing how Saban allowed others to call defensive plays. As a result, Kiffin is leaving the offensive play-calling duties to Kendal Briles, the Owls’ coordinator.
“You reflect on things and how you can do things better,” Kiffin said via Heim. “The last place I was at I was watching coach Saban do that. It really allowed him to do other things by not calling the defense. I see what it is, especially here with so many other things to do.”
This is a smart move on Kiffin’s part. It makes sense that leaving the play-calling duties to someone else would free him to tackle the other demands of his job. It was wise of him to watch the Alabama coach and draw valuable lessons from the experience.
It will continue to be interesting to see how much of Kiffin’s time in Tuscaloosa influences how he approaches his duties at Florida Atlantic. It wouldn’t be surprising to learn about more tidbits like this over time.