Alabama head coach Nick Saban has referred to the Crimson Tide’s somewhat shaky 2021 season as something of a “rebuilding year.” That says a lot about the dominance of Alabama as a program, considering this team did make it to the national championship despite falling to Georgia.

One caller on “The Paul Finebaum Show” defended Saban’s claim, and Finebaum had questions.

“I remember a year ago as Alabama was getting ready for that rebuilding season, they were ranked No. 1 in the country, and I’ve always found it odd that you’re ranked No. 1, you’re the Vegas favorite to win the national championship, but when some things don’t go your way, you then say, ‘well, it was a rebuilding year.'”

It’s true that Alabama did lose some pieces to the 2021 NFL Draft that therefore affected the following season, but it’s also important to note that Alabama is and has been a team consistently loaded with talent on both sides of the ball.

It’s reasonable to expect to see this team find more stability in 2022, once again the favorite to win it all, as quarterback Bryce Young enters the season with a full year of experience as the starter under his belt.

Check out the full segment in the video below: