Alabama Football: 4 Adjustments Nick Saban Needs to Make Against the Spread

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Alabama Football: 4 Adjustments Nick Saban Needs to Make Against the Spread
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Alabama head coach Nick Saban will likely spend the offseason taking a look at several adjustments his defense can make when it faces spread offenses like Texas A&M this fall.

After publicly stating his feelings about the proliferation of spread offenses into the college game, Alabama head coach Nick Saban will likely spend time in the offseason making defensive adjustments in advance of the 2013 season. 

According to Andrew Gribble of AL.com, Saban shared some of the challenges that fast-paced offensive attacks pose to opposing defenses.

You have to adapt on defense, your players have to adapt and it can be stressful in terms of communication and keeping their focus and energy level where it needs to be to play at that pace. It is what it is, so we try to get our players ready to do that.

So what specific areas will he try to counter teams like Texas A&M when they square off next season?

Alabama has several ways to tweak its normal tendencies—whether it be trying to control the tempo when it possesses the ball or making adjustments in personnel and schemes. 

Here are four adjustments Saban needs to make against teams that employ a spread offense. 

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