Lane Kiffin taking heat after early aggressiveness backfires vs. Alabama
Lane Kiffin came out fired up against Alabama on Saturday. Perhaps he came out too fired up.
After dropping the mic during his pregame interview with CBS, Kiffin’s offense turned it over on downs on its first 2 possessions.
Later in the first half, he went for it on 4th-and-1 again and the Rebels failed to convert on an option play.
The aggressiveness is something fans will appreciate, but when it doesn’t work, it puts the defense in bad situations.
As the first half wore on, fans took to social media to call out Kiffin for gambling too much:
— Andrew R (@kidcue) October 2, 2021
Lane kiffin Giving The Game Away. . . Alabama vs Ole Miss . . . . . pic.twitter.com/b6vb2SRqTP
— Sammie Price (@SammieP45685085) October 2, 2021
Lane Kiffin really said this then his offensive turned it over on downs their first two possessions. Tough scene. https://t.co/p5LFVj4w33
— Grant Kelly (@GrantKelly07) October 2, 2021
Alabama defense stops Ole Miss on another fourth down. It looks like Lane is overthinking this game.
— Tony Tsoukalas (@Tony_Tsoukalas) October 2, 2021
The aggression from Lane is no longer paying off. He's going to regret going for that one.
— John Talty (@JTalty) October 2, 2021
WTF is Lane doing? Totally on tilt.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 2, 2021
@Lane_Kiffin coaching like he's playing madden going for it on every 4th down. Damn fool
— joel capps (@bow2yahweh) October 2, 2021
These young arrogant coaches like Lane Kiffin, Dan Mullen and a few others will never win championships always going for it on 4th down and trying to press. Be smart and patient. What message does that send to your defense. You put them in bad situations.
— mitchjohnson (@mitchjohnson) October 2, 2021
Lane Kiffin is playing Alabama like a child playing Madden, going for every 4th down no matter what
— Wil Prewitt (@Wilprewitt) October 2, 2021
Lane Kiffin is forcing rn
Nick Saban got him playing shook
— bhrís 🌮 (@CeeJayy2K) October 2, 2021
Lane Kiffin pressing. He wants it too bad
— MALIK WILLIS #1 overall draft pick (@YourCousinJeff) October 2, 2021
Lane Kiffin is gonna regret all those 4th down turnovers. 😂😂😂
— Maxwell McMann (@MaxMcmann) October 2, 2021
Now that the Rebels are in a hole, it’s probably safe to say Kiffin is going to have to gamble even more in the second half. We’ll see if that ends up working out, or if the Rebels dig themselves a deeper hole against the No. 1 team in the country.