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Lane Kiffin reportedly at Alabama this week helping Saban evaluate the offense

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Nick Saban is known for bringing the best evaluators and consultants around the country to dissect and break down Alabama’s team in an effort to make the program better.

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So, that’s why he turned to Lane Kiffin, the former Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Vols and USC Trojans head coach, right? Kiffin is reportedly in Tuscaloosa this week to help evaluate Doug Nussmeier’s offense.

Several have knocked Kiffin and ridiculed Saban for letting Kiffin even near his program. Although Kiffin may not be a great head coach – and he isn’t – the guy can coach an offense. He even made Jonathan Crompton a serviceable quarterback at Tennessee. And while at USC under Pete Carroll, the Trojans’ offense produced numerous school records, especially in 2005, when Kiffin coached a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard running backs and a 1,000-yard receiver.

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Kiffin’s only meeting with Saban nearly ended in the then Kiffin-coached Vols pulling the upset and ruining Alabama’s perfect season. But thanks to Mt. Cody’s field goal block, that didn’t happen.

Maybe he’s helping Saban and Nussmeier with the offense, or maybe he’s helping Saban count all those zeros in his new raise.

Would you let Kiffin help evaluate your program?

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  1. Interesting… I didn’t realize his expertise was in “offensive football philosophies”… From his previous comments while at Tenn., I thought he was an expert in “gasoline distribution sciences”… and he’s evidently not very good one at that… based on his assessment of Alshon Jeffery’s future in that field. Which turned out to be way off base… I haven’t seen Alshon fill one car with gas… I have, however, seen him catch a number of passes in the NFL though… Some, even for touchdowns…

  2. Interesting… I didn’t realize his expertise was in “offensive football philosophies”… From his previous comments while at Tenn., I thought he was an expert in “gasoline distribution sciences”… and he’s evidently not very good at that… based on his assessment of Alshon Jeffery’s future in that field. Which turned out to be way off base… I haven’t seen Alshon fill one car with gas… I have, however, seen him catch a number of passes in the NFL though… Some, even for touchdowns…

  3. While I definitely am not a fan of Lane Kiffin for various reasons, I believe in Nick Saban and his ability to judge talent and expertise. Therefore, I respect his decision to enlist Kiffin’s evaluation. Apparently he would like an outside opinion and he feels Kiffin is qualified to give one.

  4. Kiffin: Okay, Nick, the key to success is 1) have a dad who is a legendary NFL coach; 2) have your dad use his pul…
    Saban: Sorry to interrupt Lane, but my dad wasn’t a successful NFL coach.
    Kiffin: Oh. Well, (barely holding a laugh in) I guess you could earn a reputation as a great coach…bwahahahahaa. Sorry, couldn’t say that with a straight face. I’m gonna go drive my Mazda Miata now…uhhhh, with the top down, of course.
    Saban: Thanks for nothing, Lane. Sweet Nickelback shirt.

  5. Everybody within the USC program agrees that Sarkisian was the offensive genius at USC when Kiffin was there, so this is interesting to say the least.

  6. I heard they have the same agent. Is this true?