Matt Barrie, Paul Finebaum discuss that Nick Saban's Alabama 'seems like it's regressing'
Matt Barrie and Paul Finebaum held their weekly chat session on Sunday to recap Week 10 action, and the ESPN commentators discussed what’s changed about Nick Saban and Alabama this season.
Finebaum noticed that Saban doesn’t appear to be coaching on instinct, and “looked lost” at one point during the LSU loss.
“I don’t want to make too much out of it, but there’s no way you can’t make too much out of it,” Finebaum said. “It feels like the dynasty window is closing. It feels like this season has taken a turn. … He looks miserable.”
Finebaum also mentioned the popular fan sentiment that the Alabama faithful want to fire coordinators Bill O’Brien and Pete Golding.
Finebaum then brought up Saban’s age, and highlighted that the coach turned 71 last week, and fans and media are looking for signs of trouble.
“There are whispers that it’s not a diminished Nick Saban, but there’s a fraction of difference between this year and last year, and the year before and I think that’s obvious,” Finebaum said, and then added that Georgia looks to be the team most like the pinnacle of Saban’s run at Alabama.
While Alabama still has talent, Finebaum said the program “seems like it’s regressing,” and then added that Tennessee and LSU are 2 teams that Alabama “should not be losing to.”
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