Alabama football Coach Nick Saban on the bye week and getting ready for Texas A&M

Alabama Football coach Nick Saban said having an idle week this early in the season is rare, but it provides the Alabama football team a chance to improve.

Alabama Football gets ready for Texas A&M with a bye week.
Alabama Football gets ready for Texas A&M with a bye week.
“Certainly (Alabama) can use the extra practice time we need trying to improve and correct the things that we didn’t do extremely well in the last game,” Alabama football coach Nick Saban said. “There was obviously a lot of good things we did in the game and we would like to build on that, but I think it is a little bit of a wakeup call for some of our guys on our team to recommit themselves to doing things the way we need to do them.”

The Alabama football coach said the team has responded in the appropriate way during this week’s practice with a real focus on improving.

Saban admitted the team is not happy with the offensive performance in the win 35-10 win over Virginia Tech. Saban said the coaches could have adjusted better to what Virginia Tech did, and the players “got a little frustrated when they didn’t have a lot of success in the game.” Saban credited the frustration to Virginia Tech’s players and coaches.

Nick Saban on his impressions of Texas A&M

The Alabama football coach was asked about his impression of Texas A&M.

“They obviously to me have a really, really good team,” Saban said. “They won 10 or 11 games last year. They beat us. They got a great quarterback who is a great competitor. They have a really good offensive system and scheme that their players understand well and execute. They gave us a hard time last year with their defensive versus our offense. It is going to be a challenging game for us in our league against a very, very good team.”

Alabama football player status update

Alabama football Coach Nick Saban said CB Geno Smith is “all set to go.” Saban said RB Kenyan Drake “is going to play and is ready to go.”

Saban said it is up to the players to get back on the field by “proving” they can do the job better than the other players can at their respective positions.

“If they can do that, they will get back in the lineup,” Saban said of the Alabama football players.

Listen to the audio for even more from Nick Saban on the Alabama football team and its bye week before facing Texas A&M.

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