TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Nick Saban said the Crimson Tide scripts the opening plays it uses each Saturday, although it doesn’t always work out as he wants.
“We do actually script the first eight, 10, 12 plays of the game,” Saban said Thursday night on his weekly radio show. “But sometimes that’s affected by the situation. This is one thing I’ve always tried to get our offensive coordinator to realize.”
As an example, he said when you gain 7 yards on first down and face second-and-three, you might have a scripted play that goes into the heart of the defensive alignment.
“So I think you have to be able to adjust and adapt with that as well,” he said. “But I do think that it’s good to lay out (the plays) and practice. Players have an expectation early in the game for what you’re going to do.”
Saban said he thought Bill Walsh, the former Super Bowl-winning coach of the San Francisco 49ers was the first to script the first plays of the game.
“It’s a lot easier sitting in your chair on Thursday night figuring out what I want to do rather than figuring out what I want to do once the game starts,” Saban said. “So, it’s good planning to do that.”