Saban changing his philosophy

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    I don't know how the writer determined Saban is changing his offensive outlook since nothing except Lane Kiffins name had anything to do with offense. The entire article (unless there is more somewhere) was about DEFENSE.
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    While at the Senior Bowl, Saban spoke with SiriusXM NFL Radio and explained how he’s starting to shift away from solely a power team, especially on defense. He’s lost to teams like Texas A&M and Auburn in recent years, and he’s learning from it.

    “It’s been a little difficult for us playing some of the spread teams, because we built our team at Alabama to beat power teams like LSU and Georgia,” Saban said. “Now our league is changing dramatically, so we’re going to have to change a little bit in terms of the fast-twitch guys we recruit to play against the kind of offenses we see.
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    Because Kiffins offense is different from what bama was running. I know you made the same comment in another thread so I'm not sure if you are aware of kiffin's style or not.
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    Their pass defense was highly overrated this year. No philosophy can overcome that.
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    I thought everyone said Saban figured out the spread after 2009?
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    Now he's trying to figure out Malzahns
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    Does this mean those offenses aren't gimmicky?
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    When it's ran as good as some programs run it I don't see how it can be labeled gimmicky.
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    I think people are going to make a big deal out of Alabama losing two games when the reality is:

    1) They were the better team than Auburn, and lost on a last second fluke play.
    2) They got beat by a good Oklahoma team that had a lot to prove. Bama had nothing to prove.
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    I agree. It was imho a simple let down with Oklahoma. They didn't want to be there. Bama was a much better all around team and team in general than Auburn. Auburn was lucky X 2, and still almost beat FSU.
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    SEC defenses as a whole took a step back this year--but it has a lot to do with the incredible amount of talent that has left the conference in the past 2-3 seasons for the NFL; and no one has put more defensive guys in the NFL than Bama (LSU might be pretty close, but that's the only exception I can think of).

    Sooner or later, it was bound to catch up to them and this seemed to be the year, as they weren't quite the unit they've been in recent seasons.

    Still, I won't really be betting against them. Saban might start running more nickel and dime packages--but if his defenses can keep controlling the LOS as they usually do, they'll be fine.
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    Only when the Gators ran it. :rolleyes:
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    That's an important point. I have a feeling next season Okla fans are going to be asking "where's that incredible team that beat Bama?". Oklahoma showed up big and it's not like Bama played poorly, Oklahoma played like it was their Superbowl.

    I don't see how you design your team to be good defending power teams and spread teams. How do you recruit to play against both styles? And it's not like Bama's defense is big but slow. They'd better get on the DB recruiting trail I guess because oddly that's where Saban(being a DB coach) has come up short the past few classes.
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    He figured out Meyer's predictable version....not the creative non predictable ones.
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    There is some truth in that comment.
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    It is not so much the spread that gives Saban coached teams fits as it is the up-tempo. It just so happens that most up tempo are spreads.
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    Agree. How the hell did we get Bama again next year and they haven't played them since 08? We will have played Bama and LSU something like 8 times to their 1 (in the regular season) since 09.

    I'm curious to see what defensive changes Saban makes, if any, to defend the spread. Maybe smaller OLBer's (more like a big Safety)? Who knows?
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    Acting lessons... gotta get better at faking these injuries... and expanded defensive signals to add flop calls and who should flop. :D
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    We did beat Bama on the way to a national title but some only remember the loss when they won it all.

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