What went wrong for Alabama against Clemson? Josh Jacobs believes fatigue played a role
What went wrong for Alabama in the Tide’s 44-16 loss to Clemson in the national championship game? While many people have their theories on what exactly happened to result in the worst loss of the Nick Saban era, Crimson Tide running back Josh Jacobs did his best to explain what happened.
Since the disappointing result in the game, Jacobs has left Alabama and declared early for the 2019 NFL Draft. According to many NFL draft analysts, Jacobs projects as the draft’s top running back prospect.
Now that he will soon be a part of the NFL, Jacobs is taking part in the NFL’s media coverage leading up to Super Bowl LIII.
During a recent appearance on Pro Football Talk hosted by Mike Florio, Jacobs was asked about what exactly went wrong for the Tide to get beat so badly by the Tigers in the latest College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
“Honestly, I know it might sound cliché or anything like that but before the game, you could feel it was gonna be a rough one,” Jacobs answered. “That’s how it was in the locker room.”
Why exactly does Jacobs feel that way?
“I don’t know. Just young players trying to feel the vibe of big games but being able to play so long after a certain amount of time it kind of wears on you, especially when you play great teams week-in and week-out; you get everybody’s best shot it kind of wears on you,” the former Alabama running back said. “I think the team was just mentally fatigued.
“For the most part, I think people were just fatigued.”
Florio followed up his thoughts on Alabama by asking Jacobs the one thing many don’t know about Nick Saban. According to Jacobs, Alabama’s coach is much more of a players coach than many on the outside looking in realize.
“What people don’t understand about him, he’s actually very funny. He is a players coach,” Jacobs answered.