Haters of the Crimson Tide will say that Nick Saban isn't the best coach in college football, that he's just a good manipulator. Well, Saban's three national title rings speak for themselves.
Top to bottom, Saban runs his program in the best way possible when it comes to success.
The Tide's defensive coordinator, Kirby Smart, is the best in the nation as well, and many wonder why he is still hanging around Alabama instead of taking a head coaching gig somewhere else.
Alabama's position coaches are outstanding as well, as Nick Saban only brings in the best.
The only knock on their coaching was Jim McElwain, who did well as the Tides' offensive coordinator but could have done a lot better. His successor, Doug Nussmeier, is thus far a mystery at best.
Since Nick Saban arrived in 2007, the Tide has been one of the most stable programs in the nation, both in coaching personnel turnover and success.
Lower-tier coaches at programs like Alabama typically don't stay very long as their success brings them many offers, such as Jim McElwain becoming the head coach at Colorado State and linebackers coach Sal Sunseri becoming Tennessee's defensive coordinator.
Saban has made it clear many times that he intends to stay in Tuscaloosa until he's ready to spend his fall days on the lake.
Alabama has had the top recruiting class four times since Nick Saban arrived, and the trend will continue.
Top-tier talent flocks to Alabama due to their winning tradition and pro-factory reputation.
Nick Saban doesn't get every five-star prospect he wants, but for high school prospects that look to go to the NFL some day, there isn't really a better place to go, at least for defensive standouts and running backs.
Pro potential: A
The potential for heading to the NFL is about as good as it gets at Alabama. Defensive players from Alabama are a hot commodity in the NFL, and good performance guarantees sky-high draft stock.
Offensive players aren't as highly-touted by draft scouts, but there may not be a better school in the nation for developing running backs into NFL prospects at the moment.
The Tide has sent four players in the first round of the draft the past two years (including two running backs), and nearly sent five in the most recent draft.
The trend will continue as developing players for the next level is Nick Saban's highest priority after winning championships.
Championship contention: A
Alabama has won two of the past three national championships and was only one game away from playing for it in 2008.
Four points (three against LSU and one against Auburn) in 2010 was the difference between possible title contention and a 10-3 season for the Tide.
The Tide also has one of the best shots in the nation at competing for the title in 2012 as well, and even the harshest critics must agree it's far from out of reach for the Tide.
Right now, Alabama is predicted to face USC for the national championship game in January, 2013. That may prove to be the case, but LSU, Arkansas and Auburn will all have something to say about that.
Near future: A
Alabama will again be a team to watch in 2012 with national title hopes alive and well. Everybody marks Alabama on their calendars.
It will be a tough season for the Tide, however, as LSU is just as strong as before and Arkansas could finally end Alabama's win streak over them.
Alabama's 2012 potential is substantially greater than their potential in 2010. The odds of them repeating as champions are significantly higher now than they were then.
Bottom Line: A
Alabama is a perennial national contender under Nick Saban, and at a relatively young age of 60, Nick Saban will be around awhile.
As long as Saban is at the helm, the Crimson Tide will consistently be perched either at the very top or very close to it.
The Tide's promising future is unrivaled, but many come close and will inevitably send the Tide home as losers once in a while.