Parsing Saban’s words

When Nick Saban speaks, it is like E.F. Hutton, everyone listens. He provides details, and sometimes gems hidden inside seemingly innocuous comments. Let’s parse Saban’s words from Sunday’s press conference and see if we can learn a little about Alabama’s offensive woes from last season.

“He and Coach Mac seem to work well together,” Saban said.

Does this mean former Alabama offensive coordinator Major Applewhite didn’t work well with John Parker Wilson?

While we are reading between the lines about last season, does this quote from Saban indicate anything?

“I think Jim has done a fantastic job since he has been here,” Saban said. “He has got an excellent personality. The players like him.”

Is this a way of saying, Major Applewhite’s personality didn’t mesh with the rest of the Alabama organization? Apparently, he didn’t click with Wilson. What about other coaches? Certainly, it didn’t mesh with Nick Saban, or he’d still be in Tuscaloosa as offensive coordinator instead of taking demotion to running backs coach at Texas.

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The personality and working well together are two elements of the same theme.

An organization has its own culture, and sometimes highly qualified people just don’t fit into an organizational culture. Could this be why Wilson has a new offensive coordinator?

I still believe Applewhite will make a fine coordinator. But if you can’t fit the organizational profile, it is best to leave for your sake and the organizations sake.