Nick Saban looks no further than the breakfast table for second-guessing of Alabama’s offensive strategy.
There sits his wife, Terry Saban, waiting with a critical eye and a few pointed questions.
“Why did you run that play” Why didn’t you run another plays is what she says,” Nick Saban said.
His answer is just as blunt.
“How about if we ran that play right? Because when we ran it right, we made 50 yards,” Saban said with a smile. “So then she doesn’t have anything to say about that.”
The difference between the four touchdown runs of 43 yards and longer in Saturday’s 41-0 win over North Texas and those netting negative yardage didn’t vary much.
A block here, an assignment there made all the difference. That’s what examination of game tape revealed as the cause behind scoring just one touchdown in five red zone appearances against the Mean Green.
“So it’s not a systematic thing we did. It was a lack-of-execution problem in terms of what we did and we need to correct that so that we execute better, aight? I know that’s hard for everybody to kinda understand. It’s just too simple and certainly too simple to make a story about, aight? But it is what it is. I can’t make it something it isn’t. Block the right guys, works out right.”
Offensive lineman Barrett Jones can’t argue with that.
“It’s unfortunate it happened in the red zone, but we felt we moved the ball pretty well all day a few times we go stopped there unfortunately,” he said.
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