Saban still trying to manage tempo offense

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.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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