Alabama held its first spring practice Saturday, and with it, the Lane Kiffin offensive era is underway. Wide receiver Amari Cooper said Kiffin is a great fit for the offense, and he simplifies the offense, according to AL.com.
“I think he just came in and made the offense more simple and player friendly. The way plays are called,” Cooper said. “It’s easy to recognize what you have to do as a player.
“[Kiffin] Pretty cool guy. Pretty laid back guy,” Cooper said. “He pays attention to everything, every little thing. I noticed that about him when we were practicing for the bowl game.”
When former coordinator Doug Nussmeier left for Michigan, Nick Saban didn’t tarry in hiring the former USC and Tennessee head coach. Saban has also mentioned adding a tempo element to the offense, because he’s intrigued by the up-tempo offensive attacks that have caused problems for his elite defense.
Kiffin is stepping into a beautiful situation. Outside of replacing AJ McCarron, Kiffin is essentially being handed the keys to a Ferrari with depth and loads of talent basically at every position, including quarterback.
Much has been made about Kiffin’s return to the SEC, and many have wondered why Saban would make a ‘risky’ hire in Kiffin. But the reality is Kiffin will be shielded from everything he’s not good at – being a head coach and dealing with the media. He gets to concentrate on building an offense for the Crimson Tide, something he’s proven he can do in the past.
We’ll find out how good the Alabama-Kiffin marriage really is come fall, but simplifying the offense and getting the ball to Amari Cooper in space is a great place to start at being successful.
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