TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Body language is always important with Nick Saban.
While the coach always reminds his players at the University of Alabama that it can be very telling during a game or practice, he too can speak volumes without saying a single word.
After being pretty pleased following the Crimson Tide’s first closed scrimmage of the spring at Bryant-Denny Stadium, he was more guarded following the second on Saturday afternoon.
While he told reporters that there had been dramatic improvement in some areas, which often occurs between the first two scrimmages, his body had a bit of a different message, of cautiously optimistic: Good, but not great.
“I still think our team has to develop the mental toughness, the psychological disposition to sustain better, finish things better, play harder, be a more relentless competitor,” he said. “I like the attitude of our team, but I still think there are guys that need to improve in that area.
“If we are going to improve as a team, in the difficult times, finishing the game, fourth quarter, things get difficult, you get tired, that's when we have to execute and do things well. So you know there's a lot for us to work on.”
Afterward players tweeted about how tired they were, but the scrimmage served as sort of a physical pinnacle of spring as the Crimson Tide followed with two days of rest.
The team will practice on Tuesday and Thursday before closing spring workouts on A-Day (Saturday, 1 p.m., ESPNU).
“We need to take advantage these last couple practices,” said Saban. But regardless, the Crimson Tide will head into the summer with some unanswered questions: