Alabama Football: Saban believes good for team to have bye week after 8 games; talks about LSU quarterbacks Lee and Jefferson

Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban talked about the need for rest after a grueling schedule, LSU’s two complimentary quarterbacks, LSU’s style of football and the titanic #1 vs. #2 game set for November 5. You can listen to his teleconference in the above player and read about it in the story that follows.

Saban said he believes it is good to have a bye week after the first eight weeks of the season.

“Obviously after playing eight weeks in a row it is probably good to have a little break from a psychological standpoint as well as a physical standpoint,” Alabama football coach Nick Saban said.

Saban talked about facing LSU quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee and the improvements both quarterbacks bring to the game.

“They both have improved,” Saban said. “It seems like a long time ago that Rashad (Johnson) intercepted a pass down at LSU and one of those quarterbacks threw it. They both have been playing for a long time and they both have made a tremendous improvement. What they do, they are extremely good at.”

Saban said the different styles form Jefferson and Lee present the defense with different things that must be defended. One quarterback excels at making plays with his legs and the other quarterback is doing a good job in the passing game. Combine this with a good running game and offensive line and it makes it more difficult on the defense.

“Those two styles really complement each other and make it really difficult to defend,” Saban said.

Saban provided an analysis of the 2011 LSU Tigers.

“They have a really, really good defense. They have a really good front. They have a really good offensive line,” Saban said. “Our team is sort of built the same way. Both teams have balance in what they do on both sides of the ball.”

Saban said that while the teams are similar it is not like looking in the mirror.

“They have their style,” Saban said. “They have a lot of good players and great team speed. They really execute well. They are a little different on offense probably in that they have some really good backs and offensive line.”

Saban said this allowed LSU to run the ball effectively and make “big plays in the passing game.”

Saban said with Cyrus Kouandjio out, it creates issues in depth for Alabama along the offensive line.

“It makes us a little thinner,” Saban said. However, it does not shuffle the starting lineup.

Saban was asked about the 1971 Nebraska-Oklahoma Game of the Century. Saban said he watched the game, but did not remember much about it. Saban said what he remembered most about 1971 was getting married.

“I’ve been married ever since,” Saban said.

51 Responses to “Alabama Football: Saban believes good for team to have bye week after 8 games; talks about LSU quarterbacks Lee and Jefferson” Subscribe

  1. Finebammer October 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    “Saban was asked about the 1971 Nebraska-Oklahoma Game of the Century. Saban said he watched the game, but did not remember much about it. Saban said what he remembered most about 1971 was getting married.”

    And this query was germane to the conversation in what way???

  2. capstonereport October 26, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    My guess is that since everyone believes this is the Game of the Century, that it would be interesting to know what Saban thought of the last game of the century.

    Saban in typical fashion decided he would answer the question with something else entirely.

    • CRIMSON HAMMAH October 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

      lsu offense is horrible jarrett lee horrible – 29/rush 92/pass 78/total

      • The Flash October 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

        Again Hannah you open you mouth and prove how truly ignorant you are. Jarrett Lee currently has the highest quaterback rating in the SEC and 12th in the Nation! He even has a better QB rating than Landry Jones! He has thrown for 10 touchdowns and 1 interception! If that is horrible to you, then tell us what you truly think of McCarron with his 29th QB rating and less touchdowns and more interceptions than Lee.

        • The Flash October 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

          But then again, Hey go ahead and book your room in New Orleans, LSU doesn’t even deserve to be on the same field with Alabama because our offense and quaterback are so horrible! Alabama will beat LSU with ease because of their horrible offense. It won’t even be close, right? You probably are confused as to why everyone else across the nation is calling this the game of the year, decade or even Century as written in some of these comments. NO Way when one team has a horrible offense and the other has the greatest defense to ever play the game. Hell this game will be so boring you’ll probably go shopping that night, right Hannah? LMAO

  3. bamatruth77 October 26, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    Flash you forgot to mention that jarrett lee also holds the NCAA single season record for the most pick six!!! That’s when the defense intercepts the football and runs it back for a touchdown which is six points….jic you didn’t know!…..btw hes due for one!

    • The Flash October 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

      Yea and that was 4 years ago asshole, current evidence shows he has grown, improved and gotten smater in those 4 years. Unlike you! LMAO

      And if memory serves me right we beat Alabama that same year when Lee was so bad and trowing all those interceptions! I guess you forgot to mention that!

      • The Flash October 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

        Truth!

        • BamaBrando October 29, 2011 at 5:58 am #

          Oh, so the past doesn’t matter unless you are talking about Alabama. Your stupid arguments about past LSU-Bama games having any bearing on this one are done. What a dumbass.

          • The Flash October 30, 2011 at 2:58 am #

            What the hell are you talking about Brando? You make no sense!

  4. The Flash Has a Snatch October 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Use bammers betta shut ur mouths and asses cause I have yalls know corndogs can be inserted anally too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Crimsonite October 27, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    Flash you are the proverbial dumbazz motherphucker. That was either ’08 or ’09 and we kcked youir azzes both years. And if you are going to claim that experience makes a QB better then I can too. Aj’s very first game he split with Simms. His completion percentage was bad, he threw no td passes and two interceptions. So we’ll be selective like you and throw out that Kent State game and with lots more yards passing, a higher completion percentage, more yards per completion and only one interception our sophomore QB has a higher rating than Lee. How do you like them apples? Plus Lee has arguably better overall recievers to throw too since Duron Carter wasn’t eligible to play this year. As for less TD passes, well with Richarson, Lacy and Fowler we run in most of our TD’s. If you want to quote Lee’s stats, then here’s some stats for your azz: Bama’s offense averages more yards passing, more yards rushing, over 100 ypg total and more points (and we don’t run up the score). Our defense is #1 across the board. RTR!

    • The Flash October 30, 2011 at 2:59 am #

      Crimsonite and you’re just a stupid motherfucker!

  6. The Flash October 27, 2011 at 5:10 am #

    I stand corrected you foul mouthed inbred redneck, it was 08′ and you “kcked ourir azzes” 27 – 21 in Overtime! Wow good thing we had such a terrible “pick six” quater back playing in that game.

    The conversation was about the quaterbacks moron, not running backs and touchdowns. But hey if you want to expand the conversation to include both passing and rushing TD’s, just remember LSU is 4th in the nation in red zone scoring percentage while Alabama is 39th! That seems to indicate that even against all the weak opponents/defenses you’ve played this year, they have had some success keeping you out of the endzone. What more might a good defense be able to do. How’s your special teams compare?

    And yes Alabama averages more points than LSU, by a whopping 1.5 points per game, but if we are selective with stats like you are, over the last three games, which include all conference games and no weak OOC games like Kent State and North Texas, LSU is scoring 41.3 points per game while Alabama is scoring 41.0 points per game. And that is against Florida, Tenn. and Auburn for LSU and Vandy, Ole Miss and Tenn for LSU. So much for Alabama averaging more points than LSU!

    • BamaBrando October 27, 2011 at 9:27 am #

      I like how you pigeon hole the statistics in your favor. You act like your distant cousin/sisters Auburn Tigers. Bama’s defense leads LSUs defense in about every major category. LSU won’t score more than two TD’s, if that much. LSU is highly over rated, as is Les Miles this season. When Bama exposes it, I expect Flash to not show up here again.

      • The Flash October 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

        Brando,
        Those statistics are facts, look them up yourself, and not pigeon holed, what ever the hell that means.

        I was responding to Crimsonites’ comment and stat that Alabama averages more points than LSU. I agreed with him and said he was right as long as you include the OCC games against weak opponents. I then gave him, and you obviously, a more meaningful stat of the scoring of both teams over the last three games, all being SEC conference games, which show both teams are bassically dead even. How you conclude that is “pigeon holeing” statatistics in MY FAVOR does not even make sense. But when has making sense ever been important to you. Duh.

        Instead of giving you stats that you can verify, I guess I should just come on here and make stupid unsupportable statements like – Bama won’t score more than two TD’s, if that much. And Alabama is over rated, as is Nick Saban this season. When LSU exposes it, I expect BamaBrando to not show up here again.

        I guess you could better relate to an idiotic statement like that, right Brando?

        • BamaBrando October 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

          Bama leads LSU in every defensive category. Points per game are about even. But Bamas offense is more balanced, they rush for more yardage and pass for more yardage than LSU, where LSU is 2:1 running the ball. The ‘LSU has played a tougher schedule’ argument is weak.

          Your only argument is “well if you only count X amount of games, then they are dead even”. And that, to you, is the reason why LSU is better. Sounds like you are grasping for SOMETHING, and thats all you have. Bama is statistically better on both sides of the ball. That is just a fact and you are having a hard time believing they mean much.

          Call me stupid, but MY OPINION is that Bama wins convincingly. I have as much of a chance of being right as you do. But here you are, on a Bama board, calling a Bama fan stupid because he believes his team is a lot better than LSU, and that he thinks LSU is over-rated. It pisses you off that I think that, so you resort to telling me I am stupid? F-ck you dude.

          pigeonhole |ˈpijənˌhōl|
          noun
          1 a small recess for a domestic pigeon to nest in.
          2 a small compartment, open at the front and forming part of a set, where letters or messages may be left for individuals.
          • a similar compartment built into a desk for keeping documents in.
          3 a category, typically an overly restrictive one, to which someone or something is assigned: people identified me with a homely farmer’s wife and I was never allowed to escape from that pigeonhole.
          verb [ with obj. ]

          Number 3 about covers it, from the f*cking dictionary, you illiterate dickhead. If my opinions piss you off in the future, then go beat your wife or pet or something, and quit replying back here with your ignorant analysis here and making yourself look like an idiot.

          You may be ranked number one, but you do realize Bama is ranked number two, right? Have you ever seen the number two team beat the number one team? Bama just did it to Florida a few years ago with Tebow. And that was a lot better Florida team than this years LSU team. And this is a lot better Bama team than the 2009 Bama team so far. But we can go back and forth on this, me calling you a dickhead, you calling me stupid and such, but your ‘facts’ and ‘reasoning’ are weak. Bama has the edge, and you refuse to acknowledge it. And you call me stupid.

    • Crimsonite October 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

      Fine, and then you can take 21 points off that total as meaningless since you had your starters in at the end of the Fla and Tenn games and you drove in run-up-the-score TD’s against all three with 90 seconds or less left. You probably did the same thing in other games too, but I didn’t watch those. Take away three, four, or five red zone pussy scores and see where you rank then. Regardless, red zone percentage is only relevant when you have trouble winning. When you only give up 6 points a game and average winning by 31, the red zone stats obviously don’t mean shyt. Additionally Lee has a tendency to throw in the red zone whereas Bama runs. It’s a lot easier to get 20 yards passing than it is running, especially when the defense stacks 11 in the box against Richardson or Lacy because of Bama’s tendencies. As for special teams, you average 5 yards per punt more. Our defense is more than good to make up that 5 yards on the exchange – I’ll take ‘em, especially since no one has returned any kick past the 50 this year. On kickoffs last week every one was to the 5 yard line and there was even one touchback. With our kick coverage I’ll take that too. You can have the special teams even if in fact you may have some advantage there. Special teams will not decide this game. Offense and Defense will. Thanks, but I’ll take ours. RTR!

  7. bamatruth77 October 27, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Lmao flash do you eat the corndogs after you get done sticking em up your ass???? With a thought process like yours there has to be an infection in your body somewhere!!!

    • The Flash October 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

      You think and then write that first sentence, and then you are going to question my thought process? LMAO

      I guess that’s normal for an inbred redneck Alabama pervert like you to have thoughts like that.

  8. bamatruth77 October 27, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    Damn LSU played tennessee twice?? Damn son y’all are some bad ass mo fos we stand corrected!!! U fukking moron! Lmao

    • The Flash October 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

      bamatruth77 we can’t all be perfect like you. So yes I made a typo which is not corrected for you below. Do you now have an intelligent respones? Didn’t think so!

      And yes Alabama averages more points than LSU, by a whopping 1.5 points per game, but if we are selective with stats like you are, over the last three games, which include all conference games and no weak OOC games like Kent State and North Texas, LSU is scoring 41.3 points per game while Alabama is scoring 41.0 points per game. And that is against Florida, Tenn. and Auburn for LSU and Vandy, Ole Miss and Tenn for Alabama. So much for Alabama averaging more points than LSU!

      • The Flash October 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

        Oops another typo by me proving how much more perfect you are Truth.

        Should read…So yes I made a typo which is NOW corrected for you below. Do you now have an intelligent respones? Didn’t think so!

        And yes Alabama averages more points than LSU, by a whopping 1.5 points per game, but if we are selective with stats like you are, over the last three games, which include all conference games and no weak OOC games like Kent State and North Texas, LSU is scoring 41.3 points per game while Alabama is scoring 41.0 points per game. And that is against Florida, Tenn. and Auburn for LSU and Vandy, Ole Miss and Tenn for Alabama. So much for Alabama averaging more points than LSU!

  9. DES October 27, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    Dam!! Me thinks da flash is really boreazz.

    • The Flash October 29, 2011 at 6:49 am #

      Dam! Me thinks da DES is really da dumbazz..

  10. The Flash October 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    Does Alabama have a website where normal intelligent adults go to discuss Alabama and SEC football? Because obviously this is not it.

  11. bamatruth77 October 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Flash come on now not all of us can troll rival teams web sites all day from mom n dads basement like you do!

    • The Flash October 29, 2011 at 6:47 am #

      LOL You’re so funny truth, I can’t beleive you even wasted time to post that. But I guess sitting around in prison all day, time is all you’ve got!

  12. bamatruth77 October 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Flash… geux take a bath you smell like a corn dog you coon ass retard……you can fix typos all you want but you’re still a fukking idiot no matter which way you slice it…..oh yea and tell Les biles he better have his grass rolled tight next week cuz ain’t enough synthetic weed in Louisiana gonna help yall

    • The Flash October 29, 2011 at 6:43 am #

      Yea Truth, but i hear Brent Calloway has enough of the real stuff to make the whole Alabama team as delusional as its fand base! LMAO!

  13. Crimsonite October 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    HOW THEY COMPARE

    ALABAMA

    CATEGORY

    LSU
    —————————————————
    6.88 ppg (1)

    Scoring defense

    11.5 ppg (3)
    —————————————————
    180.50 (1)

    Total defense*

    251.38 (3)
    —————————————————
    44.88 (1)

    Rushing defense*

    76.63 (4)
    —————————————————
    135.63 (3)

    Passing defense*

    174.75 (11)
    —————————————————
    5-9 / 56%

    Red-zone defense#

    9-16 / 56%
    —————————————————
    26.45% (2)

    Third-down defense

    32.46% (15)
    —————————————————
    2.13 / game (53)

    Sacks

    2.38 / game (33)
    —————————————————
    39.38 ppg (14)

    Scoring offense

    39.25 ppg (15)
    —————————————————
    457.42 (23)

    Total offense*

    372.13 (78)
    —————————————————
    229.25 (15)

    Rushing offense*

    189.00 (30)
    —————————————————
    228.38 (61)

    Passing offense*

    183.13 (99)
    —————————————————
    24-41 / 59%

    Red-zone offense#

    31-39 / 79%
    —————————————————
    50.94 (8)

    Third-down offense

    46.15% (34)
    —————————————————
    1.5 / game (39)

    Sacks allowed

    0.88 / game (14)
    —————————————————
    +0.75 (19)

    Turnover margin

    +1.88 (2)
    —————————————————
    32:43

    Time/possession

    33:52
    —————————————————
    3.38 (2)

    Penalties/game

    6.50 (74)
    —————————————————
    29.5 (3)

    Penalty yards/game

    53.5 (74)
    —————————————————
    36.37 (71)

    Net punting*

    41.08 (6)
    —————————————————
    *-Yards per game; #-TDs/Opportunities

    (national ranking in parentheses)

  14. Crimsonite October 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Who’s really #1? Corndogs are 4.5 point Dogs to Bama! RTR!

  15. bamatruth77 October 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Piss on the stats! Lets just beat the corn dog smell off of em on the field and be done w this shyt

  16. The Flash October 28, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    LOL based on the bama fans that post here, your fans base is nothing but inbred rednecks with nothing but perverted minds and the vocabulary of street whores! RTR!

    • BamaBrando October 28, 2011 at 9:25 am #

      ^^^ says the idiot troll from the stinking swamp. When Saban was laughing about you coon-asses, I imagine you were the type he was talking about. I think you were probably one that was cussing a whining when he had the nerve to take the Alabama job. Man, it is going to hurt you extra hard when Bama beats the over exposed, over rated Les Miles thugs next weekend.

      • Your Mama's a Hoe October 28, 2011 at 10:11 am #

        Brando is it difficult for you to type with Saban’s man hood in your mouth and face?

        • BamaBrando October 28, 2011 at 10:38 am #

          You don’t even make sense, and you are just too damb ignorant to even reply to, dumbass. But I am glad I could piss you off today!

          • Your Mama's a Hoe October 29, 2011 at 6:38 am #

            But yet you did BamaBrando! I guess that show who’s pissing off who! :)

  17. Crimsonite October 28, 2011 at 2:55 am #

    Your football team will get bitch slapped by our football team. They don’t play our fanbase fool! You on the other hand are obviouisly masochistic the way you keep returning to troll and be curb stomped. RTR!

    • The Flash October 29, 2011 at 6:36 am #

      Crimsonite you don’t have the mental capacity or vocabulary to curb stomp anybody! LMAO

      The fact that you used a word like masochistic, one of the few non four lette words you’ve used in any of your post, proves you really are a pervert or you went and looked it up in a dictionary so you could make yourself look smart. But one fancy word in one post can’t change all the stupid, foul, vulgar and dumbazz crap you’ve posted in your 99 previous comments. And it’s all there for people to go back and read for evidence of your stupidity!

  18. bamatruth77 October 28, 2011 at 5:04 am #

    Now flash how do you know what a street whores vocabulary is comprised of? At least now we know u get laid and by who!

    • The Flash October 28, 2011 at 10:18 am #

      No truth I don’t but I would imagine it is comprised of all the words your mother and Crimsonite’s mother used around the house which ya’ll now come on here and use in your post. If it wasn’t your mother who taught you, then you disrespect and dishonor her with your foul mouth language ya’ll constantly post here! And if you two have kids what losers they must be with examples like that in their lives! Your football team and coach may be great, but ya’ll are very small minded people!

  19. DES October 28, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    Talk about small minded. Why don’t you take your peanut brain over to nola.com or Lee County and stay hell there and off this board,Flash. Now run along! RTR

    • The Flash October 29, 2011 at 6:24 am #

      DES why do you not want or welcome anybody but Alabama fans’s points of view or comments here? Is it because you want to be mentally inbred also?

  20. bamatruth77 October 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    No flash Ive been working around a bunch of corndogs for the past 8 years it tends to rub off! You might wanna get off of moms tho cuz I just off of yours earlier! Tell that smelly bish she better have my money by the 3 rd!

    • The Flash October 29, 2011 at 6:20 am #

      Truth if you weren’t so weak minded and of little character no one or nothing would be able to rub off on you, except maybe your mother, but hey I’m sure you would rather her rub you off as well as rub off on you, you inbred pervert. And I can’t get off your mom because I could never get on her, the line was too long. But hey I did get to talk to several of your family members who were in line in front of me. Your “uncledadddy” had some interesting things to say about you and your mama. And on top of all that, no pun intended, I hear Alabama has passed this strict illegal immigration law because of all the Mexicans trying to cross the Alabama border to get in that line. But Ipersonally think the real reason the law was passed is because the Alabama women were beginning to like all them Mexican men who are actually willing to go to work for a living, instead of sitting around drinking all day talking about how great Bear Bryant was and that Saban will never be as great as him because he’ll never be around long enough to win 9 more titles.

  21. Fat_Die October 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    I have been outhl here on this rig going on 3 weeks listening to these loud mouth LSU fans talk about how the 5th is gonna be a blowout. I laugh at them and when I laugh they get louder and talk more crap. I can’t wait to talk shit to them when I come back to work after Bama wins,it might be by a field goal but. The tide will come out victorious. ROLL TIDE. ANd Flash, Lol.

  22. bamatruth77 October 29, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Lol flash i hope you actually are inbred if not you’re giving genetically retarded people a bad name! My first grader can come up with better comebacks than you’re crayon eating ass! Corndogs must be chock full of brain altering preservatives!

    • The Flash October 30, 2011 at 3:06 am #

      What stupid nonsense comes out of your mouth truth. You must be 10 years old or have the mind of a 10 year old!

  23. bamatruth77 October 30, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    Lol flash did you think that one up all by yourself or did your mommy help ya? A coon ass, inbred ,corndog smelling swamp donkey is all you are.even if loseranna state does beat bama ya still suck

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