Saban discussing team identity at Media Day
The Alabama football program held its annual Media Day where Head Coach Nick Saban meets with the media to talk about the upcoming season. The annual event, which coincides with ‘Fan Day’ at Bryant Denny, is also the only opportunity during the season that defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin are allowed to speak to the media. It will be Kiffin’s first opportunity since being hired over six months ago to speak at a press conference and it will be the last time either of the assistant coaches address the media until potentially the SEC Championship game or in a bowl game situation
Saban started off the day at the podium where he talked about the players buying into the program and “the time is now to resurrect the identity of the Alabama football program”. Essentially, how will this team be remembered and with several new players coming into the program and potentially earning starting positions each team has to figure out what is important to them. He wants the players to decide whether or not this is going to be “a we or me team” where players put the team first to do the things mentally to be successful.
During Friday’s initial press conference for training camp Saban stated that “there are no depth charts right now” which indicates that true freshmen could start over veteran players. That could be for multiple reasons of course such as talent, injury, and most especially discipline and players showing mental toughness. Those words have been in nearly every Nick Saban press conference since he has been at Alabama and probably since he has been coaching but those words are also very true. The coaching staff under Nick Saban understands this and preaches this philosophy to the team each and every day to make them better as a player and as a person.
Toward the end of his opening remarks on Sunday Saban said that the primary objectives for training camp were “discipline, execution, fundamentals, and conditioning level” and that “This is a team sport that you can only develop certain things when you practice and when you do it”.
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