Interesting comments from Nick Saban on tempo offense today. He still complains about it but seems to have embraced it with his offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin.
Saban: “I think it’s important that if we’re going to be a no-huddle team like we were last year, we have to manage the season better with our team. I think at the end of the season last year we ran out of gas a little bit. We played more plays, I think by 170 on defense, which is like a couple or three more games. And our players showed it. So we’re going to have to do a better job of keeping our team where they need to be so we can finish strong.”
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn didn’t name Saban but seemed to take a shot at his in-state rival earlier this week when he talked about teams that used to “gripe” about up-tempo offense now using it.
SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw told us he believes his crews have a good handle on “pace of play” and the substitution process.
If that’s true, typically deep Alabama should be able to keep guys fresh.