Crimson Tide respond when Nick says 'Next'

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 14, 2017

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Saban is in the minority with that thinking. For head coach Nick Saban and Alabama, it is about improving on near perfection.

-SEC Media Days concludes Thursday with coaches and players from Auburn, Ole Miss and SC.

Atlanta, site of the SEC Championship Game, has become Alabama's second home.

Saban, whose team plays Florida State in the season opener for two likely top-five nationally ranked teams, has a new mantra that will soon be burned into the brains of the Tide's players as well as T-shirts.

The only place for a game pitting Auburn from the SEC West against Missouri from the SEC East is the Inside-Out Oxymoron Bowl. "We're all trying to catch up to Alabama". Alabama defines success as winning a national championship.

"I know that sounds insane, but it builds up".

"We played against a really, really good team", he said Wednesday, "which I think when you get in the playoffs, that should be what you expect". "And we've looked at it that way since we've been here". "I really had no idea it was coming". "'I want to learn". Surrounded by handlers, Saban veered then disappeared into the assortment of cameras, cellphones and Crimson Tide fans with the standard greeting. That setback was the Tigers' sixth straight loss to Alabama, another measure of the gap the Tide has placed between itself and the rest of the SEC and surely a determining factor in the loss of coach Les Miles' job.

When you have won four national championships in the previous seven years, being second best is a letdown.

"You know, that's a common question at this event", said Georgia coach Kirby Smart, the former Alabama defensive coordinator. Yeah and you know I've ever actually question. And so the consistency of that program over the years did not come overnight. On and playing first person I always. "We don't want to waste the failure". We want to continue his development and a part of that development is he needs to play in games.

The game will be nationally televised by Fox with the Aggies in a position to create a lot of positive noise for themselves by a win, or deal with scrutiny if they can't win on the West Coast.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect (for everyone)", Saban said. "We've got that in the back of our head, (and now) we're really focused and ready for the season".

There is only one returning defensive player in college football who was a consensus All-American last season.

"I'd just say how relentless they were, how fast", he said. "It's a different approach but it's a way for people to be all they can be and can benefit them in the future". Malzahn was offensive coordinator for Auburn's 2010 win over Alabama in the infamous Kick-6 game.

As a teacher, Greg is typically the one collecting phones from the "selfie generation", but this week he joined them, snapping pictures with everyone from Alabama's Bradley Bozeman to the SEC Commissioner.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin took the podium as one of the league's coaches on the hot seat.

Turn it into a self-help book, add on a hash tag and Crimson Tide roll with it.

Last season's offense was led by quarterback Jalen Hurts, the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year.

For the 7th year in a row, media days has seen more than 1,000 journalists from all over the country. What I do like about this team is they have high expectations.

HOOVER, Ala. - Only at Alabama is there such a paradox: unanimous team to beat, collective shoulder chip. ". Everybody's hurt by the fact that they lost, especially the way we lost that particular game on the last play".

"You know, offensively, this is the first time that we've had a returning starter at quarterback since 2013", Saban said in the hotel's main conference room.

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