If you’re anything like me, you probably didn’t sleep well last night. Our beloved Tide lost ANOTHER Sugar Bowl, and to make things worse…this time it was to a team from the lowly Big Ten. I know, I struggle to believe it myself.
This wasn’t a loss to Utah, or getting rocked by Stoops’ Oklahoma squad…..it was a team from the Rust Belt. A team with inferior athletes. This loss was 150% Saban’s fault, and further proof that he must be fired. I’ll explain why…
Let’s start with three facts:
- Players from Ohio (and the midwest in general) are slower than players from SEC country – If you were to do a study, I guarantee that any football player in Alabama can run faster than any football player in Ohio. We don’t need to do a study though because it’s just undeniable fact. It’s because of a lot of things: spring ball, hours spent running outside in the beautiful Alabama sun, superior high school coaching, and of course generations of superior athleticism (genetics).
- Any Team from the Big Ten would at best win 2 SEC games – I don’t care if it’s Ohio State, or Michigan State, or Wisconsin…..if they had to face the gauntlet of the SEC each year, I know they’d be lucky to beat Kentucky and Vanderbilt. They’d lose to everyone else. If you put that Ohio State team through an SEC West schedule they’d struggle in every game and wouldn’t be anywhere near the playoff.
- Any Team from the SEC would win the Big Ten most years – We know Bama would of course (heck we could do it with 3rd stringers), but so would any other team from the SEC. They just don’t play good football in the Big Ten and teams from the best conference in College Football would run through that weak Big Ten schedule like it was nothing. Big Ten teams aren’t used to murderer’s row, SEC teams are hardened by the difficulty of their schedules each and every year.
In spite of all these undeniable facts, Saban somehow coached a losing game against the champion of the Big Ten. Don’t blame the players, don’t question if “SEC Speed” is a myth like so many naysayers would have you believe. The fault is coaching, and coaching alone..
Here’s an example:
On this play you see Devin Smith (from Masslon, Ohio) seemingly outrunning a defender and scoring a touchdown. Look closer though…
#20 Jarrick Williams (from Mobile, Alabama) and #4 Eddie Jackson (from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida) are clearly faster than that Rust Belt wide receiver. You can see it. If Williams had been in a better position, he would have caught up to him easily. Jackson did fall over, probably because he was simply running TOO fast, but again that wasn’t really his fault.
Coaching is to blame here.
- Put our boys in the right spots on the field and slow Big Ten players would never be able to out run them. Bad schemes, bad results.
- Run footwork drills to help our boys learn how to control their overwhelming speed. The raw talent and superior athleticism is there..…but coaching is required to help them manage it.
Ohio State shouldn’t be playing in the National Title game, Alabama should be. Top to bottom we have more talent, but if that talent isn’t coached well, it’s wasted.
Fire Nick Saban. RTR.
If you’re an Alabama fan, the Sugar Bowl was anything but sweet. The Tide went into the game a favorite and into the 2nd half with only a 1-point lead but in the 3rd quarter, things got ugly fast.
OSU put up 2 unanswered TD’s with Bama finding the end zone with only 1 minute left in the 3rd on a 5-yard run from Sims. Moving into the 4th, OSU shot a rope into the end zone and sealed a 2-point conversion giving OSU back their 14 point lead late into the 4th.
Amari Cooper caught a 6 yard pass from Sims with only 2 minutes left in the game and even when Alabama got the ball back with 1:33 left on the clock, an inopportune interception by Tyvis Powell sealed the Tide’s fate as losers and notched another disappointment in Nick Saban’s weathered and failing belt.
We’ve put up with enough weak-spined moves by Nick over the course of the last 2 years and it’s time we FIRE SABAN! He’s nowhere near the coach we thought he was and sadly his time has come. With a HUGE loss to a “Big 10” team, there’s no room left for failure in the SEC.
Who’s with us?
Not-so-fun fact: Nick Saban has now lost 3 of his last 5 games against Power 5 opponents.
Nick Saban gets run out of Oxford, MS
Fire this guy already!
We are exactly one month away from the first Saturday of the college football season. No better time than to bring up a humbling fact: Nick Saban’s last victory over an FBS opponent came on November 16, 2013 against Mississippi State. Since then, he has beaten Chattanooga State and lost to Auburn and Oklahoma.
Since defeating the Bulldogs on that November evening last year, 97 other college football head coaches have won a game. Guys like T.J. Weist, Dan Enos, Mark Hudspeth, Rick Stockstill, Joey Jones, Jeff Monken, and Clay Helton. (If you’re thinking, “Who!?” you’re not alone.) And some coaches have won more than once since Saban’s last win. Heck, even George O’Leary has won four times since then! Continue reading
It’s been awhile since FNS has published a news story but it’s been even longer since Nick Saban has won a football game. The last football game that Nick has coached and won was back in 2013 in the month of November. To be more precise:
- Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Bryant-Denny Stadium)
- Game start: 1:06 p.m.
- Elapsed time: 2:39
- Game attendance: 100,179
- Game weather: 54°, Wind N 13 mph, Overcast
- Referee: Hubert Owens
- TV announcers (CTSN): Chris Stewart (play-by-play), Tyler Watts (color), Tom Roberts (sideline)
- Final Score: Alabama 49, Chattanooga 0
Most people would get fired if they did not do their job for that length of time. We need to fire Nick and move on!
And the days keep adding up…
According to Joe Schad, Lane Kiffin is being interviewed for Nick Saban’s offensive coordinator position today: Continue reading
With all of this talk about firing Nick, it makes sense to take a look at what he has done relative to his peers. In particular, Les Miles has demonstrated he brings more value to the table than Saban when given the chance and is more affordable. Below are the top 5 reasons why Les Miles is a better man than Nick Saban:
- Les had a higher win % at LSU right after Nick left!
Over his tenure at LSU from 2005-2013 Les had a win percentage of .798
Over his tenure at LSU from 2000-2004 Nick had a win percentage of .750
- Nick has let his team down in the postseason by losing a bowl game by almost 40 points!
Les’s highest margin loss in a bowl game was by 26 points to Ohio State in the 2004 Alamo Bowl
Nick’s highest margin loss in a bowl game was by 38 points to Stanford in the 1996 Sun Bowl
- Les has played a higher strength of schedule than Nick
Since 2009, Les has an average SOS of 5.326
Throughout his career, he has had an average SOS of 3.98
Since 2009, Nick has an average SOS of 4.942
Throughout his career, he has had an average SOS of 3.85
- Les is a better recruiter
As an example, Les and Nick recently battled to recruit High School phenom Dylan Moses. Saban lost out in the end.
- Les has a lower $/win ratio – let’s hire him!
I always say you can tell a good coach by looking at the amount of yellow laundry that his team leaves on the field. When we evaluate the 2013 Crimson Tide and Coach Saban by this metric things don’t look very good. Here are just a few of the teams that were less penalized than Bama this year: Indiana, Purdue, San Jose St., Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, Wisconsin, Michigan, UTEP, Ball State, Tulsa…really, Tulsa had fewer penalties than Alabama! If we keep it in the SEC it doesn’t get any prettier, even an Arkansas team that finished 0-8 in SEC play had fewer penalties than Saint Nick.
One may argue, just counting the number of penalties isn’t the right metric. Let’s look instead at yards per penalty to get a sense for the severity of the penalties called on each team. By this metric there are 8 other SEC teams that fare better than the Tide. However you want to slice it the results of this analysis lead to one conclusion, Nick Saban coached teams show a lack of discipline that leads directly back to the head coach.
Roll Tide! But let’s Roll with a coach that can instill some discipline in our squad!
Everyone knows that the best coaches are balanced emotionally at all times. Continue reading
That’s just a fact, Jack. For the season, Alabama was outscored 27-0 in the final minute of games. There is no possible explanation besides poor coaching. Continue reading