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Alabama hasn't got the sack numbers they could be getting.
Four games into the season, and not a player on Alabama's team had two sacks. They had five in four games while giving up eight to the opponents. Against Florida, they got three sacks while giving up none, but most of those came while Florida was desperately trying to come back while being trampled.
In postgame press conferences, Saban has said he is more interested in hurries and "effect" on opposing quarterbacks, but many suspect he's just painting a bright as picture as he can because he wasn't getting the sacks.
It was funny that he didn't talk like that after Saturday's game with Florida, a day that he did get three sacks.
What coach wouldn't like a sack? Unlike a hurry, you get the loss of yardage plus the moral victory of whipping the offensive line.
As strange as it sounds, the better the team they play, the more sacks you'll see they get.
The reason is simple. Against teams Saban knows he'll beat, he plays vanilla defense and doesn't pressure as much.
Against teams that could be a problem, he'll allow the defense to use stunts and put in more blitz packages that is just what he did Saturday against Florida and it worked.
So the advice to Saban is simple: keep up the pressure and don't always play so conservatively. Each time they gave Brantley from Florida the time to throw the ball without harassment, he killed them. When they dialed up the pressure, they got a game clinching interception for a touchdown and then knocked him from the game.
Vanderbilt also did a much better than expected job against Alabama passing when they weren't harassed.