I don't know how much attention everyone paid to his press conference today. There is alot to be learned from it.
(On changing players) - It is not going to happen. Saban believes that he has the best line-up starting right now, even though Miami is not winning games. That tells us alot. It tells us that Miami does not have a very good team right now. They are average at best. They obviously have to work on things that you would hope starting players would already know how to do. But they don't. Bottom Line: Lower your expectations of Miami Dolphin football this season. The starters have alot of work to do.
(On play calling) - Saban believes that players win games; not the play calls. He believes that you should call plays that give your best players the opportunity to win games. What does that tell us? It tells us that he thinks Gus Frerotte is one of the best players on Miami. It also tells us that he thinks Chambers is one of the best players on our team. That is who the coaches went to when it mattered most. Personally, I would have went to Ronnie Brown or Wes Welker. Those guys have a fire about them and want to win. I'm sure alot of us will disagree with Saban about who is the best players on the team.
(On Reggie Howard) - He thought Reggie played a great game except that last 59 yard pass to Dwight. He wasn't to fond of Howard at the beginning of the season, but apparently he thinks Howard is one of our better players now. That is why he will not change and have him benched. Remember? No changes. He will try to develop Howard this season.
(On Gus Frerotte's Index Finger) - He knows that Gus has alot of swelling in his finger. We don't know what hand it is on because the reporters didn't ask. It will be reassessed on Wednesday. Will Gus start on Sunday against the Browns? If he can go, he will. Saban will want him to go. If he can't, we may get to see Sage because of an injury.
The bottom line is that Miami has some problems on their team. The players that are supposed to be "superstars" are not at that level anymore. It doesn't mean that they won't return to that level. Rather, it means that they have some growing to do as players. They will do that growing the rest of this season. Don't expect any changes or new faces in the starting line-up. And Saban likes Linehan. It is obvious that he believes he is calling good games. It is Saban who thinks that certain players are not playing at the level they need to be playing at. And he is willing to continue to work at it until they get there.
If there are any of you out there with playoff dreams, forget it. This is the way it is.