Alabama coach Nick Saban has a unique way in describing the type of consistency he wants from everyone involved in his program.
“Do you want to be a thermometer, which goes up and down with the circumstances around it, or do you want to be a thermostat, which creates the same temperature all the time, with consistency, that you can count on, depend on, trust in, believe in,” Saban said during a Sunday morning meeting with reporters. “That’s what we’re trying to gain. Everyone is individually responsible for that. The coaches are responsible to try to get the individuals to be responsible for that. We’re working on trying to develop a consistency.”
He also had some fun with the reporters by saying that he doesn’t enjoy how we make predictions about how the season will go, when he doesn’t know himself.
“I don’t even know for sure who our quarterback’s going to be the sixth game of the year,” he said. “And nobody here can predict that. None of you can predict that. AJ (McCarron) is a good quarterback, but there could be circumstances that don’t allow him to play in a game, and you all want me to predict that. And then you go vote and have your polls and have all that, and then want me to respond to it. And also to individual players, that I can’t make predictions about either.
“Our focus is developing a synergy on our team that is the goal of our team, to be relentless competitors, to be a team nobody really want to play, by the effort, the toughness, the ability to be relentless and sustain for 60 minutes in the game every play in the game like it has a history and a life of its own. That’s why we have to condition and work, to get our players to buy in, believe in, have passion for, want to be, and all that. That’s what our focus is right now. That’s what we’re trying to do in camp.”