Video: Kirk Herbstreit tells us to embrace the Alabama dynasty rather than complain
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit went on the Paul Finebaum Show on Monday to talk Alabama-Michigan State, and he had an interesting piece of advice for fans and the way coach Nick Saban’s lightning-rod program gets viewed.
“Instead of complaining about it, questioning it, we should all just embrace this dynasty that’s in front of us,” Herbstreit said. “The Alabama dynasty.”
Herbstreit went on to compare Saban’s tenure at Alabama to that of coach Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots, mentioning that there are ebbs and flows.
The analyst said this year’s catalyst was a loss to Ole Miss. That prompted a players-only meeting among the defense that Sunday, Herbstreit said, in which Reggie Ragland and others challenged each other.
It also took some time for Alabama to find its identity on offense, as the Tide transitioned into more of a ball-control offense with some play-action passes by Jake Coker.
Overall, Herbstreit alluded to intangibles with this Alabama team that he didn’t feel like existed last season.
“I think that they got into a game against Ohio State and probably underestimated the athletic ability and grit and determination of the Ohio State team for whatever reason,” Herbstreit said. “And Ohio State was able to expose them and went after them and played well.”