Crimson Tide Press Conference: Saban's Comments About Texas

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Crimson Tide Press Conference: Saban's Comments About Texas
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Coach Nick Saban expressed his observations of Texas in a press conference held a few days ago. The Crimson Tide have been working diligently to prepare for their showdown in Pasadena, California for the BCS National Championship title. Here's what he had to say.

Texas Interception Count For the Season

"Well, I think Texas has a very good defense, period.  They've got a very good secondary.  They've got good people up front.  They've got very good pass rushers.  I think all those things contribute to the turnovers.  I think they also have the most non-offensive touchdowns scored (in the nation), which means their defense is scoring some too.  I think it's because of the pressure, and not just the way the players play in the back end, but also the pressure they put on you and how it affects the quarterback up front. 

The challenge is that all the guys do their job well.  We're going to have to protect well.  We're going to have to run good routes and get open, make a good choice in the way we distribute the ball from the quarterback position.  Turnovers will definitely have an impact on this game, like they do every game."

The Texas Throwing Game- What Safeties Have to Prove

"The safeties are not necessarily responsible for McCoy when he takes off with the ball.  Everybody's got an assignment each time on defense. They run zone-option, where he pulls the ball sometimes. They run quarterback counters.  They run quarterback draws.  I think that the fact is they are such a good passing team and he's such a good passer and they have very good passing efficiency in all that they do.  They are a very good third-down team. 

They force you to really try and play more where you are covering your receivers, so now you have less people in the box, which makes it more difficult to defend quarterback runs and I think that's one of the things that he has as much speed as any quarterback that we have played against all year.  We are going to have to be more disciplined, especially up front in the front seven, of making sure that our eye control and our keying is very disciplined, so that we have the right guys in the right places when he decides to run the ball, because you are a little bit spread out with the kind of offense that they run."

Texas Kick-Off Return Style

"The safeties are not necessarily responsible for McCoy when he takes off with the ball.  Everybody's got an assignment each time on defense. They run zone-option, where he pulls the ball sometimes. They run quarterback counters.  They run quarterback draws. 

I think that the fact is they are such a good passing team and he's such a good passer and they have very good passing efficiency in all that they do.  They are a very good third-down team.  They force you to really try and play more where you are covering your receivers, so now you have less people in the box, which makes it more difficult to defend quarterback runs and I think that's one of the things that he has as much speed as any quarterback that we have played against all year. 

We are going to have to be more disciplined, especially up front in the front seven, of making sure that our eye control and our keying is very disciplined, so that we have the right guys in the right places when he decides to run the ball, because you are a little bit spread out with the kind of offense that they run."

In My Opinion: Final Comments

Saban in my mind, is taking into account everything that can go wrong and trying to plug up the problems. Alabama's got skilled guys across the board and if they succeed in blocking Texas' passing game they will break down Colt McCoy and everything else will collapse. I have no doubt that if they stick with this game plan as Nick Saban has described, they will most likely win. But one thing is for sure, this game will probably be close.

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