There was a lot of coach speak in the National Championship Postgame Press Conference from Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Of course Saban gave the age old line about being proud of his players and being disappointed about the outcome.
The most intriguing part was questions of Lane Kiffin’s departure leading up to the game. Kiffin took the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic and former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian was promoted to offensive coordinator. Saban addressed it head on with reporters who were present.
“I think the players handled it very well. We scored 31 points in the game, which I think was pretty good against a pretty good defense that actually shut out Ohio State last week. I think we had some drops. I think we had some tipped balls. I think there was things that we could have done better. But I thought the preparation was good. I thought the organization was good, and I thought we gave our players a chance in this game to have success. Was it challenging? Yes. Did everyone involved handle it extremely well? Absolutely.”
It’s sad for player like OJ Howard and Johnathan Allen who played in their final game for the Tide last night. Freshamn QB Jalen Hurts showed flashes in the game but couldn’t be relied on to move the ball down the field with his arm on a consistent basis. Hurts will return next year and Alabama should be in position again to win the SEC and get into the College Football Playoff like they always do.
Starting running back Bo Scarbrough went out with an injury and the offense struggled to move the ball once he went down and was taken out of the game.
Last night Clemson and Bama played in a once in a lifetime kind of game. It’s a shame one of them had to lose. We will have to wait eight more months for more college football. Saban will spend most of that time defending his choice to fire his offensive coordinator before the biggest game of the year.