Crimson Tide Will Continue To Roll With Nick Saban As Coach
When a program has a dynasty, everyone outside of it hates that program. They root against the team, cheer when it experiences a rare loss and uses any negative or perceived negative to pronounce that this is the year things will start to slip downward.
And it’s just not fans but some members of the media, too. And that’s what some are saying about Alabama after it lost to Clemson so soundly in last year’s National Championship game. “The passing of the torch” they like to say about it.
Well folks, I hate to disappoint you but the Crimson Tide program is not slipping, not going into a tailspin and the dynasty is not over, not as long as Nick Saban is the head coach. And that will be for a while longer, too. Simply put, the rumors of Alabama’s demise are greatly exaggerated.
Alabama just had the #1 recruiting class in the county. Again. Last year it was #3 and that class included wide receiver Jaylen Waddle. The team, unlike the 130-plus others in the country, actually made the National Championship game.
Saban is as angry and terse as ever, which means he has not come close to losing his competitive fire. He punted assistant coaches he did not feel were good enough teachers or game-day coaches in favor or people with more experience.
He has, returning this year, one of the best quarterbacks in Tua Tagovailoa, the best wide receivers in the college game, a powerful offensive line that even he says can be “pretty good” (which means watch out other teams) and a defense that – despite being a thin at middle linebacker, a situation made worse by losing a top player to a preseason injury – that will be very good at pass rushing and a secondary that shut down Tagovailoa and those receivers in the spring game.
There are some challenges to be sure this year the Tide has to survive. One of the key ones is at South Carolina; the last time a powerful and heavy favorite Bama played there, it lost. There is also a game at Texas A&M and one at Auburn. If Auburn beats Oregon and then wins at Texas A&M on Sept. 21, then it will think it’s better than it is and could have one of its occasional miracles seasons. That’s not likely, tho.
And of course there’s LSU, but how much confidence do LSU fans really have in Coach O? Especially against Saban.
It won’t always be easy, but Bama is going to be a title contender this year, next year and the next few years.
The rumors of Alabama’s demise are greatly exaggerated indeed, as long as Saban is in charge.
Kevin Wilkerson is the World’s Foremost Authority On College Football