Saban 11/19 press conference

“You all are putting winning before doing it right…You are putting winning a championship and winning games before getting people to do the right thing and being a champion. And that is wrong…” A dramatic exchange about halfway into the press conference resulted in a profound glimpse into Nick Saban’s problems with the Alabama program, the press and expectations.

Just a bit later in the conference, Saban grills a reporter, demanding the reporter answer a question. When the reporter stutters, Saban responds by telling him “Don’t stutter. It is a yes or no question.” That exchange was an entertaining moment.

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The main theme centered on character, and the need to do things right.

“Those who don’t care, shouldn’t be here,” Saban said.
Saban tried to explain the importance of team players in a team sport.

“People have to care and it has to be important to them…”

Saban indicated the team’s work ethic has been horrible following the LSU game. No shock there. We’ve seen the results on the field in missed assignments.

He also talked about how a catastrophic loss like this could have an impact like major events in history. For all you morons out there, Saban wasn’t comparing a football loss to 9/11 or Pearl Harbor—He was pointing out big events create big consequences.

When teams have failed to respond in the past, a catastrophic event “like this” helps the team figure out what it has to do to win.
He said it was a choice to do things right. If the players make the choice to do the right thing, “then we can be a good football team.”

Saban also said the KEY TO BEING SUCCESSFUL IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL is having the players with the right kind of character. The only way a player is great is through having the right kind of work habits and discipline on and off the field.

Saban may have explained why J.P. Wilson continues to see playing time despite mistakes. He said he prefers working with people who are trying to do the right thing. So, I think Saban is telling you one of the few people really working is the one player most fans are bashing.

Here is Nick Saban’s Monday conference leading into Iron Bowl week:

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  1. Lee Richards November 20, 2007 at 5:18 pm #

    It is not the coach’s fault I think the players do not have enough confidence in themselves and their abilities. They point fingers at each other and some don’t care for the tradition of Bama football or they would try harder. Doesn’t losing five times to Auburn say something about the players. Some players play their heart out, but some just sit on their hands and look around like fools. All their there for is to be on TV, and not to play with the pride it takes to be a true Crimson Tide player. Thanks for the hard work coach.

  2. Lee Richards November 20, 2007 at 6:58 pm #

    It is not the coach’s fault I think the players do not have enough confidence in themselves and their abilities. They point fingers at each other and some don’t care for the tradition of Bama football or they would try harder. Doesn’t losing five times to Auburn say something about the players. Some players play their heart out, but some just sit on their hands and look around like fools. All their there for is to be on TV, and not to play with the pride it takes to be a true Crimson Tide player. Thanks for the hard work coach. I think the media has set us back 100 years in education for not understanding what his commits speak about no wonder it only takes someone with a fifth grade education to write for the newspapers and the ones behind the microphones do not know what it means to have proud in winning and being upset when you lose. I would say that to ones blowing his comments out of proportion has never played a game of ports in their life, Badminton, chess,and horseshoes do not count. The people that love the crimson tide know you have to be an Auburn fan to try and start something out of the coachs comments. My family an I are behind you 100 percent. We know you speak of losing those two games in a way that people need to understand that sometimes it takes something bad to happen for thing to get better.

  3. Kevin November 21, 2007 at 8:44 pm #

    Jeez, I can’t BELIEVE the unwarranted blind faith you people have in this snake oil salesman.

    YES, it very much IS the coach’s fault when a team plays that inconsistently. It IS the coach’s fault when the QB noticeably regresses since his arrival. It IS the coach’s fault when he is out-coached. It IS the coach’s fault when he can’t reach and motivate his players.

    Frankly, how motivated would any of you be if you had a coach and a fan base constantly harping about how untalented you are, day in and day out? Would that inspire you to play up to your potential? If you think it does, you all need to take a remedial class in Psych 101.

    And if the highest paid coach in college football doesn’t want to open himself up to criticism, he needs to be accountable, be honest, curb his mammoth ego, and use some of that disposable income to buy himself a personality.

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