Under Nick Saban, Alabama was known for regularly blowing away underpowered opponents. The Crimson Tide was so overwhelming that fans were often annoyed when the team “only” won a few points.
Well, Saban thinks this thinking is unfair to his players. On the latest edition of “The Nick Saban Show,” the 70-year-old coach spoke for two minutes about what his players are like and how fans expect his team to be destroyed. Killing opponents every week is not realistic.
“When I got here, everyone was happy to win a game. Now, we’re not happy to win a game anymore. We’re not happy to win a game at all,” Saban said. “We think we should win the game by anything, and I don’t think that’s fair to the players either, because our players try to train to be the best. the best they can be… And they’re not perfect. They’re just college students.”
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– Alex Byington (@_AlexByington) November 25, 2021
Saban also explains how Alabama tends to win its opponent’s best game each week because of the Crimson Tide’s reputation. Last Saturday, they played a tough game against Arkansas, winning 42-35 on aggregate.
“They didn’t just throw the towel at them. They worked harder to try to be better. Everyone wanted to beat us,” Saban said. “We’re going to get everyone’s best game, and I don’t know why people can’t understand that. You could say it’s not fair to our players that they get the game. play everyone’s best, but they make it.”
Saban increased his intensity towards the end of the sentence. He started shouting into the microphone as the crowd cheered for him.
“This is not professional football. These boys are not being paid to play here. They are representing all of you. You should be proud and happy to support them and appreciate the great achievements. what they do and are grateful for,” Saban said. “And you know what? No one wants to win worse than them. Not me, not you – I don’t care what kind of fan you are.”
Nick Saban supported his players tonight. Not sure I’ve ever seen him run after fans like that, but he did it because he cares deeply about his boys. Don’t think that will be lost on the players.
– Clint Lamb (@ClintRLamb) November 25, 2021
Saban sat back and crossed his arms after finishing these statements, but he wasn’t done yet. He sat up and called some Alabama fans “narcissistic.”
“And nobody feels worse than they do when they lose. No one. So for all the self-proclaimed people out there can’t look past themselves to appreciate what other people are doing. do,” Saban said before abruptly making a closing statement.
Alabama will face Auburn Saturday afternoon before traveling to Atlanta to face Georgia in the SEC championship game on December 4.