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Nick Saban frames 2021 Alabama as ‘rebuilding year’

SystemSystem Posts: 7,416 admin
edited August 2022 in Article commenting
imageNick Saban frames 2021 Alabama as ‘rebuilding year’

Nick Saban has a new narrative about last year’s Alabama team, which lost to UGA in the national championship game.

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  • reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,564 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
  • BEACHDAWGBEACHDAWG Posts: 3,207 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Lol Saban been making excuses since about January 20th. Had to tamper with Gibbs at North Avenue to recruit him out of there. I know, I know, but he still has to play 8 conference games and he gets 4 of those at home. We shall see how it plays out, but I think they lose to Arky and Tennessee. Would be a bad season for Bama if that happens, however the west is pretty stout.

  • kylnmeg10kylnmeg10 Posts: 515 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    "I'm sorry I was confused, 2022 is a rebuilding year, a lot of young guys with no experience". After losing to Arkansas or Tennessee, lol.

  • bogarttadbogarttad Posts: 275 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Richie Rich had nothin' on his Sabanist.

  • ScoreCheckScoreCheck Posts: 974 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Little Nicky just can't admit the truth. The Dawgs **** the Gumps in the 4th quarter. Our backups (yes the dawgs had a ton of injuries) out played his. In other words Kirby developed his freshmen and Nicky did not.

  • ChewDawgChewDawg Posts: 124 ✭✭✭ Junior
  • 1SICemDAWGS11SICemDAWGS1 Posts: 1,760 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Excuses, Excuses, some people just can't handle the fact they got beat. Old nicky is a prime example. As I've said before..excuses are for losing players, fans, and coaches. These statements by saban are a prime example of that.

  • E_RocE_Roc Posts: 1,212 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
  • EastmandawgEastmandawg Posts: 143 ✭✭✭ Junior

    you can’t get your backups ready to play, it’s a reflection on him…….Kirby did, all year.

    Totally classless that Saban blamed the loss on his players, he needs to look in the mirror.

    Who in their right mind would want to play for someone like that.

  • jdatl3jdatl3 Posts: 368 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Saban blames 2nd string wide receivers for the championship loss, because those players who were mad they didn't get more playing time or yardage, but he took our wide receiver, burton, who left because he didn't get enough yards at uga. HYPOCRITE.

  • Bdw3184Bdw3184 Posts: 12,727 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited August 2022

    Agreed that he said that to Coach Kirby after the game.

    But his actions and words after the game, blaming the players, whining that his two best receivers were hurt along with his best DB, were just excuses made by someone who just can't accept that we outplayed them when it mattered most and were excuses made by someone who probably realized that he hadn't developed his backup players as much as we did. (See his "rent a player" process he is having to undergo now)

    And to top it all off, he makes the statement afterwards that his team was the "SEC champions and no one can take that away" as if to say that our NC was tainted because we weren't champions of our conference. How dare he!

    It sure wasn't the narrative espoused by Saban in 2017 when his team didn't even make the SECCG and he whined on ESPN that his team should be in the CFP despite that fact! And it sure didn't wipe the smile off his face when his team won in overtime and became the NC even though they weren't SEC champions that year. He sure never said that "well, this NC just isn't as good as the others we've had because we weren't SEC champs this year" !!!

    Used to respect Saban more.......

  • BubbaBillBubbaBill Posts: 1,169 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Please tell Mr. Saban that 2021 was coincidentally also a “rebuilding” year for our Dawgs. We had a new secondary and no defensive players named to a preseason “All Conference” team. Our offense lost a starting OL on the first play of the season, 5 key receivers and 2 TEs were injured most of the season and our QB went down with an injury early on and never started again, but you didn’t hear us whining did ya? Go Dawgs!!!

  • randyglass14randyglass14 Posts: 199 ✭✭✭ Junior
    edited August 2022

    Such ridiculous "spinning" and excuse making. Man up Saban! You got beat by a better TEAM. Sure you had some key players out that hurt you, so did we....so shutty! It's your fault you relied so heavily on 2 or 3 players. Kirby relied on his TEAM to beat you. Crawl back into your entitled mindset and we'll see you again very soon!

  • SmartsTheManSmartsTheMan Posts: 1,508 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I remember last year's preseason all SEC teams. Alabama had the most - by far. Sad excuse from Saban.

  • pepinpepin Posts: 52 ✭✭ Sophomore

    Alabama draft picks off the 2020 team:

    1 6 6 Jaylen WaddleWRMiami Dolphins

    1 9 9 Patrick Surtain IICBDenver Broncos

    1 10 10 DeVonta SmithWRPhiladelphia Eagles

    1 15 15 Mac Jones*QBNew England PatriotsPro Bowl (2021)

    1 17 17 Alex LeatherwoodOTLas Vegas Raiders

    1 24 24 Najee Harris*RBPittsburgh SteelersPro Bowl (2021)

    2 5 37Landon DickersonCPhiladelphia Eagles

    2 6 38Christian BarmoreDTNew England Patriots

    6 91 93Deonte BrownGCarolina Panthers

    6 38 222Thomas FletcherLSCarolina Panthers

    They lost their starting QB, starting RB, 2 starting WRs, 3 starting OLs, starting NT and best CB.

    Mac Jones (QB) and Najee Harris (RB) were Pro Bowlers.

    Jones, Harris, Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith, Christian Barmore and Patrick Surtain were on the All-Rookie team.

    Jones, Harris, Waddle, Smith, Barmore, Surtain, Alex Leatherwood and Landon Dickerson were starters.

    Waddle, Smith, Jones, Leatherwood, Harris, Dickerson and Barmore were starters on playoff or winning teams.

    So you tell me how a team could lose that combination of quality and quantity and NOT be in a rebuilding state the next year?

    Meanwhile UGA's losses:

    1 29 29Eric StokesGreen Bay PackersDB

    2 13 3Tyson CampbellJacksonville JaguarsDB

    2 18 50Azeez OjulariNew York GiantsLB

    3 28 92Monty RiceTennessee TitansLB

    3 30 94Ben ClevelandBaltimore RavensG

    3 33 97Tre' McKittyLos Angeles ChargersTE

    5 25 169Richard LeCounteCleveland BrownsDB

    6 6 190Trey HillCincinnati BengalsC

    7 13 241Mark WebbLos Angeles ChargersDB

    Yes, UGA lost guys, but:

    A. no one in the first 20 picks (Bama had 5 as well as #24)

    B. no skill players (QB, WR, RB) or OTs/DTs meaning the guys that UGA did lose were easier to replace. UGA did lose Eric Stokes, but a huge difference between going at #6 and going at #29 like Surtain

    C. The big difference: not a single Bulldog rookie was a Pro Bowler or on the All-Rookie team. And only Stokes, Campbell and Ojuarli were starters. Only Stokes was on a good team.

    You can compare the quantity of what Alabama and Georgia lost (10 versus 9) but you absolutely cannot compare the quality. Alabama put 8 guys in the 2021 draft that - barring injury - will be in the league 10 years, with most of those at positions that have the biggest impact on the game (QB, WR, CB, LT, RB). Sending a pair of rookie starting CBs aside, UGA provided mostly backups and developmental players at far less critical positions. And with UGA, even essentially losing their starting secondary to the NFL was compensated for by perhaps the best front 7 in the modern era (i.e. scholarship restrictions and academic requirements stopping the likes of Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma from having 120 kids who can barely read and write). By contrast, Alabama replaced Jones, Waddle, Smith, their 3 OLs and especially Najee Harris with clearly lesser players (don't let his 1300 rushing yards fool you ... Brian Robinson will never start a game in the NFL other than being forced to do so via injury ... both White and Cook were better despite putting up lesser numbers).

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