Nick Saban responded bluntly to a question from a listener on Wednesday. He also challenged the notion that Alabama should be able to defeat every other team.
The fan asked why the Crimson Tide weren’t blowing teams out with high expectations, citing the recent 42-35 victory over Arkansas. Bryce Young broke a school record with 559 yards passing and five touchdowns in the game.
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Saban wasn’t sure why a win and being in the top four of the College Football Playoff ranking wasn’t good enough for fans at this point in the season.
When I arrived here, everyone was thrilled to win games. Now we’re not happy to win a game anymore. We’re not happy to win a game at all. We think we should win games by whatever, and I don’t think that’s fair to the players either. Because they work hard to become the best players possible. Saban explained that criticizing our players for their hard work is a way to entertain, and to have pride in what they achieve and how they do it makes you more passionate.”
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“And they’re not perfect. They’re just college students. They must go to school everyday, have to learn, and they need to be able to do extra work after practice if they are absent from study hall.
Saban stated that his fans must feel some gratitude, and should know that he wants more wins than anyone else.
“So for all you self-absorbed folks out there that can’t look past your own self to appreciate what other people are doing,” he said.
Mike Shula left Alabama in 2006 to let Saban take over. Since then, the Crimson Tide have been one of the most dominant college football teams in the sport’s history.
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He’s helped Alabama to six national championships since taken over and is in position to possible lead them to a seventh this season.