The Alabama Crimson Tide missed out on the National Championship game this year after a heart breaking loss to the Auburn Tigers. The Tide followed that up with a meltdown in their bowl game losing to the Oklahoma Sooners in a game that was not even competitive from the start.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is not the type to sit back on his laurels and wait till next year. Saban immediately set out to fix his team and made a big splash by hiring embattled coach Lane Kiffin as the team’s new offensive coordinator.
With confirmation coming from the official Twitter of Alabama football, the often-criticized Kiffin found a home in Tuscaloosa on Saban’s staff. ‘Bama’s head coach, a man who schedules things to the minute and possesses total control over the program, does not make mistakes. He doesn’t go out to make a splash. He hires people whom he trusts and who fit into his regime.
This hiring was of course met with controversy and intense scrutiny. The Crimson Tide coach let some of his mind be known to Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com on Monday at the annual AFCA coaches convention.
“I’ve known him for a long time,” Saban told Dodd. “I always thought he was a really good coach. All his issues come from something we’re not asking him to do.”
Kiffin’s main issues are relating to, and interacting with, humans. These just so happen to be issues critical to being a good football coach. Unless Saban plans on having Kiffin coach his offense from a subterranean bunker, sealed off from humanity, then these issues are likely to reemerge at some point.
Much like former Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, Kiffin brings a core philosophy that revolves around a pass-heavy, West Coast-influenced system. And, much like Nussmeier, Kiffin will have his quarterbacks handing the ball off to T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake. That is the Alabama way, and more importantly, that is Nick Saban’s way. It will be interesting to see how he meshes with the current philosophy of Alabama. It could end up being a match made in heaven or a nightmare in the making.
If you believe that this move will make Alabama a better football team and give them a chance to win it all, then now may be the time to bet on this team. Almost all of the top rated online spotsbooks have the Florida State Seminoles listed as favorites to win it all. The current National Champions are at (3-to-1) to repeat as Champions which actually provides some value on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama is listed at or around (6-to1) to win the National Championship. This hiring could make all the difference in returning Alabama to the top of the college football world.
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