Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nick Saban Says Alabama Lost It's Identity In 2013.

Nick Saban at 2014 Sugar Bowl. Via

Alabama head coach Nick Saban has pinpointed one of the reasons for the Crimson's underperformance in 2013. He said in a press conference on Wednesday that the team lost it's identity as a "tough, physical team" last season.

"Alabama football's supposed to be a tough, physical team that nobody really likes to play against," Saban said. "That's been our identity. We've lost that identity a little bit, I think, the way we finished the year last year. That's something that we've got to get back, and it's hard, and you really can't make it easy."

Saban also mentioned what Alabama needed to do to get back to being Alabama again.


"You have to start all over to reestablish it," Saban said. "It's not easy. It's not easy. It's difficult. It's tough. To have the psychological toughness to sustain the season to play the kind of football that we've won playing around here, you have to pound. You have to pound your hand in the sand until it's tough enough to go through it.

"I don't know that we ever paid that price last year, and I think it's important that our players understand why we do the things we do so they can make it through the season and play the kind of football that we want to play."

Alabama went undefeated through its first 11 games of 2013, only to fall to Auburn in the final game of the regular season. The Tide went on to lose to Oklahoma in the 2014 Sugar Bowl.


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