TUSCALOOSAâ€”â€We are not where we need to be, but we are getting better,â€ Alabama head football coach Nick Saban said at a Thursday afternoon press conference. Saban said the off-season workouts were helping players, but many more lessons and improvements are needed.
Saban spoke extensively about the process of getting better; he spent a great deal of time on the importance of mental issues to making the players betterâ€”helping players make the right choices and finish plays.
Spring practice will be a continuation of working on the intangibles.
Discipline is critical, Saban said. As always, he stayed away from the dreaded â€œevaluations.â€
â€œThis is an on-going process,â€ Saban said. â€œIt is a work in progress. We will have changes in starters from the first game to the second game from the fifth game to the seventh game.â€
However, he did admit the defensive front 7 could be in need this season. He cited limited numbers, limited size and limited experience as challenges.