It’s not easy being Nick Saban.
He led all coaches with four national championships during the BCS era, three at the University of Alabama. When his team loses two games, the whole offseason turns into “What’s wrong?”, with critics claiming that there are cracks in the dynasty even when it was just one play short of a perfect regular season.
It’s pretty much the same as what was said after the 2010 season, when Alabama, perhaps the victim of its own success, lost three games and for the only time since 2007 didn’t play in a BCS bowl. The Crimson Tide responded by winning the next two crystal footballs.
Alas, it’s a new season, which brings new challenges, and the coach is making sure that his talented team is hearing every criticism and doubt. He knows better than anyone that such negative talk can only spur the Crimson Tide.
Although the goal remains the same, to continue winning championships, here are 10 of those challenges for the 2014 season: