Just some notes from Saban's post game presser.
He's pissed....but he's exercising remarkable self-restraint. He's spoken with a lot of sports psychiatrists about our situation and they all say the same thing you have to stay positive, correct mistakes in a positive way, continue showing them how to do what they need to do...and the thing you don't want to do is get negative and get extremely angry.
The reporters asked is he angry at the players and he said if he thought getting angry was the best thing for this football team he'd jump up on the mic stand and create a bloopers hi-light reel for everyone. But he's spoken with those psychiatrists and they've made it clear what he needs to do.
He pointed out that Randy should have caught the ball that got returned for 6 points.
Also said that a lot of these tipped balls are because guys try and body catch the ball. Chambers last week and McMichael this week were examples.
Said they played a lot of Cover 2 and Quarters, split safety stuff to where they found a lot more success to the middle guys than to the outside guys...partially explains why Chambers didn't get involved. The other thing was he got open a few times and got behind the defense and we just missed the throw period. Kind of "so there you have it"
Said he's not concerned about Randy himself just concerned that they continue to put him into position to have success, and that he actually made a couple of great plays today just didn't see the consistency they would like. He said that's the story of the season everyone takes their 1 and 2 turns at negative plays and the cumulative effect is overwhelming.
Game plan was not to throw the ball 60 times that is for certain. Game plan was to go some 2 minute on them to try and speed things up. They went "red ball" in the first half but really didn't see the kind of tempo or urgency they wanted. Then in the second half when they would have liked to run the ball, they go up on us 13-10 and then 20-10 and continued putting us in catch-up mode and there you have us going constant 2-minute passing.
Said the weird unsportsmanlike on Zach was because he called "Move!" a little before the snap which is the term that means the D needs to stem the rush on the FG attempt, we've called it exactly like that all year long and its at the discretion of the ref to decide if it is an attempt to get them to false start and they've called it one way all year and all the sudden they called it another way.
Pointed out we had two people in the area that failed to make a play on the ball on Donald Driver's TD. Jason Allen was one of them, although Saban never mentioned him. The way it was explained to Saban, Driver did not catch the ball on the way down but he caught it once he hit the ground and the ball never touched the ground.
Doesn't have a clue what happened on the long TD run...said he saw a picture of it but the picture was pretty inconclusive. Said we were in eight man front...should have had all gaps covered. Seemed to suggest mostly that the safety playing middle field should have been able to squeeze the runner for a 10 yard gain but that there's no way he should have been able to break out of contain.
Then just before the end he was answering a question about team mentality and I believe Harvey Greene tried to end the PC by asking anymore questions...and all the sudden Saban added in "And you've got to have prime time players to do it."
A reporter bit on the remark and said "Do you feel you have enough prime time players to do it?"
And he answered "If they play like they are capable of, I do. Some of them aren't playing. One of them is playing up in Canada. And there's one that's hurt right now that were brought in to be guys that make a significant difference."
Then he continued to talk about how we could have won each game we played so far this year...we had playmakers in position to make plays.
"When you consistently give up points off turnovers...Turnovers have been absolutely killers."
Finished the press conference by losing his cool when a reporter asked how is it that a runningback can outrun an entire secondary for 70 yards. Saban started to talk technically about the responsibilities and said he hasn't had a chance to really dissect it and then it seemed the press were fishing for him to criticize a player and he refused to. He said that really pisses him off, the press can criticize him all they want and they can even criticize his players but *he* will never criticize his players...publicly. He'll tell them what they did wrong when they have team meetings but he's not there to criticize them.
Pretty much ended it quickly after that.