Nick Saban enters his sixth season in charge at Alabama, and even with the massive attrition from last year’s unit, most fans and media experts expect the Crimson Tide to field a dominant and suffocating defense this fall.
Only four starters return from the group that limited LSU to 91 yards of total offense in the 21-0 BCS National Championship Game victory, which may cause some outsiders unfamiliar with the program to scoff at the lofty standards that Tide supporters have set for the defense.
This year’s unit features a mix of seasoned veterans plus an influx of ultra-talented newcomers that will be coached by a staff that has compiled a record of 48-6 over the last four seasons.
So why are Alabama fans expecting big things from a defense that must replace three first-round draft choices?
Here are five reasons why Tide fans will never worry about defense as long as Saban is in charge.