Alabama Football: Saban puts emphasis on kickoffs and kick coverage

Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban said his football team worked on kick coverage after the difficulties Alabama faced in the Ole Miss game.

“It was something we really emphasized that is for sure,” Saban said. “We are working hard at. Everybody on the coverage team needs to understand they have to do their job.”

Saban said Alabama “did not do a good job inside out last week.” Saban said side returns exploited this problem.

“I think our players are aware of it, and I think they are working hard to try to get it corrected,” Alabama football coach Nick Saban said. “This is something that has been pretty good for us.”

Another goal for Alabama’s special teams is to get deeper, more consistent kickoffs. Saban said he wants this “down inside the five-yard line.” Saban said the team is capable of kicking touchbacks. This also influences the kick coverage.

“All of those are issues we need to improve on and are things we worked hard on this week,” Saban said. “I think we made some improvement on.”