Nick Saban is certainly an advocate of the SEC’s 10th assistant that went into effect this season.
Now, he has a quarterbacks coach to focus on the actual position and another to coordinate the offense. That may not seem like much of a big deal, but in game situations, immediate feedback to the quarterback is huge, and if it’s the same person as the offensive coordinator, sometimes some things get lost.
Saban hired former Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos to coach the quarterback position, and Mike Locksley was promoted to become the team’s offensive coordinator to replace the outgoing Brian Daboll.
Saban explains how this change and addition to his staff could have huge benefits.
“I think it’s worked out great,” Saban said, via 247Sports. “I think the quarterbacks are getting a lot more immediate attention, self-gratification. I think the best way to teach is, if somebody makes a mistake or if somebody makes a good play, either one, to get immediate feedback is probably the best way to learn. And I think with the advent of tempo offense – fastball — players don’t get coached as much between plays because they have to go get lined up to play the next play, get the signal. So they don’t get that feedback immediately.
“I thought when the offensive coordinator was over on the side running the practice, putting up signs, running plays, he’s not even in a position to give the quarterback feedback. I thought it would be good when we added a 10th coach to do like what we did in the NFL where there was a quarterbacks coach to give the guy feedback.
“I think Mike and Dan get along really, really well. Both have been successful coordinators in the past and I think they both have a lot of respect for each other. I think it’s worked out fine.”
The quarterback position is so vital to teams in this era of college football that having one assistant focus on the position and another focussing on the offense as a whole is huge.
Having Enos on staff will certainly pay dividends. Not only will he help develop Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, but he’ll bring new ideas to the offense.