John Crist

From high school 7-on-7 tournaments to the Super Bowl, John has covered every football-related event imaginable during his career. He’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America and a voter for both the Heisman Trophy and the Biletnikoff Award. Prior to joining Saturday Down South, he was on the daily beat for the Chicago Bears in the NFL and the Florida State Seminoles at the collegiate level as a part of FOX Sports.

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How exactly? Point to one "excuse" I supposedly made for Alabama in the column. Unless you're referring to the homerrific coverage of the team that tends to occur back home in Tuscaloosa.
There is literally an asterisked and italicized paragraph at the end of the column -- that was the first thing done before responding to any actual comments -- acknowledging the mistake and owning up to it. But please continue to tell me how I "lost you" despite the fact that you still show up in the comment section of almost everything I write.
Also once upon a time, despite the presence of all those editors, newspapers printed a "corrections" section to acknowledge previous mistakes. Actually, that's not once upon a time. It still happens today. Every now and then, an odd-shaped M&M makes its way into a bag. That doesn't mean the Mars company hasn't gone to great lengths to prevent this from happening.
I did, as I do just about everything. Kelly's name just escaped my eyes for whatever reason because I'm a human being and not some next-level A.I. you might see on AMC. Either get over it or don't, but I'll lose no sleep either way.
I write 15,000 words of copy per week during the season, and then 10,000 per week during the offseason. The occasional innocent mistake is going to happen, as it will in every profession. Judge if you must, as that's the way of the pitchfork-wielding internet these days, but I assure you my credibility is quite intact.
Yes, Kelly's selection was originally omitted. The copy has been updated accordingly. Thank you for catching it.
Sure. Let's say 10 years to be positive. Seems about right. But don't call me. I'll call you.
Flaming homer with zero self-awareness. Book it.
Lawson is the perfect example of only asking a prospect to do what he can do. Don't expect him to play end and stop the run. Don't have him play linebacker and drop into coverage. There's no shame in being a pass-rushing specalist if that's what you do best. So much of the NFL game is played in sub packages anyway, so he can certainly contribute for 30-35 snaps per game.
Another way to describe it is the biggest questions I have for each of the aforementioned teams are yet to be answered. This piece specifically plays off the piece I had written earlier in the day. There's no point breaking down the Georgia running backs since everybody in the galaxy knows they're positively loaded there.
I highlighted the secondary as something I would be watching closely going into the spring game based on what I had written previously, so this was nothing more than a review of that specific position group's performance. Click the link highlighted in the opening paragraph. I guess it wasn't as self-explanatory as I thought.
It's not a claim. I've got business cards and everything. And if the tongue-in-cheek "5-star heart" comment tweaks you -- although, clearly, the direction of the wind tweaks you -- then you should be blaming your head coach, not me.
Both things can be true. It was an awful year at quarterback in the SEC. Just because you're the best one (statistically) in the conference, that doesn't mean you're one of the country's best.
The power pitch is one of my favorite plays, don't get me wrong, but I was hinting at the symbolism of it all. If the first half of the spring game features half a dozen power pitches but no explosive passes downfield, it'll be "here we go again" at Tiger Stadium. We heard so much about LSU modernizing its offense before the opener last year in Green Bay, but once the game started it was the same ole Tigers.
Why? About a hundred years of evidence, that's why.
I wouldn't be the least bit surprised by any of the above.
You're correct. Boeing was headquartered in Seattle forever -- and still has a huge presence there -- before relocating its HQ to Chicago not too long ago. Technically, I wasn't wrong. Dobbs could certainly work for Boeing in Seattle as opposed to Chicago. Hopefully, that's not all you took away from the 5,000-plus words you read.
I'm afraid that says more about you than it does about me.
"Here’s what’s not shocking." That's literally the first thing I wrote. Whatever the opposite of shocked is, that's what I am with regard to this topic.