Nick Saban's comments to Finebaum about former assistants were quite revealing
On Wednesday, it was Alabama’s turn at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama.
One of the biggest topics entering the event was about how the Tide got smacked around by Clemson 44-16 in the College Football Playoff championship game. Nick Saban and his staff simply had no answers for the Tigers.
While visiting with Paul Finebaum and others on the “SEC Now” set, Saban, of course, was asked about that game in conjunction with overhauling his coaching staff this offseason. (Saban hired seven new assistant coaches following last season).
“When the season started, I think we were great,” Saban said. “When we won the LSU game, it just seemed like people’s own agendas started to become more important.”
Finebaum interrupted, “Coaches or players?”
“Coaching,” Saban expressed. “We had a lot of guys who wanted to be head coaches at different places. It takes a special person to stay focused on what they have to do now when they have a job somewhere else that’s awaiting them and they have a responsibility on staff. I’m not being critical of those people. It’s just very challenging.
“And we had a lot of that on our staff last year, and I think those relationships with players go a long way in keeping players where they need to be to do the things they need to do — continue to prepare, practice the way they need to practice so that they can continue to improve and get better. And we just didn’t do that very well at the end of last year.”
Saban went on to express how he really likes this year’s coaching staff. He rehired some familiar veteran faces like OC Steve Sarkisian and OLB coach Sal Sunseri He also added veteran safeties coach Charles Kelly, among others.
While last year’s staff may have been great at recruiting, Saban likely felt like the development on the field was lacking. He fixed that this offseason.