Paul Finebaum reacts to Alabama's spring game, says Nick Saban didn't want to be happy
Paul Finebaum sees Nick Saban looking to manufacture some edge to his team coming out of the spring since Alabama had its spring game on Saturday.
While the Crimson Tide has 2 of the best players in college football in Bryce Young and Will Anderson, Saban is looking for more. Finebaum, the ESPN commentator, shared these thoughts on his regular appearance on Monday on “McElroy and Cubelic In the morning” on WJOX out of Birmingham, Alabama.
“I don’t think he wanted to be happy, Greg,” Finebaum said. “That’s because he knows what happened last year, and he knows what is about to happen in the next few months. What is about to happen is Alabama will be as close to a unanimous No. 1 pick to win it all as there can be. He’s been there before and it’s never a spot that he likes.”
Saban has long been the kind of coach to focus on any blemish, even in a dominating performance.
“He probably wasn’t overly disappointed to see some sloppiness and sometimes, you know better than most, the coaches can create whatever they want in the spring game,” Finebaum said. “So I just think he’s trying to make sure that this team stays on edge. That doesn’t get too far ahead of itself and without a competition at quarterback, it takes some of the drama out of the spring. He’s sending his guys off into the springtime into the summer trying to think that, ‘Hey, you guys aren’t that great’ and the evidence is we lost a game the last time we met.”
Finebaum said not a lot was read into the spring game, but whatever was will be obliterated by the No. 1 ranking in the preseason poll.