Alabama Football: Nick Saban, Will Anderson Talk Player Concern vs. Vols

Happy Tuesday everyone. Nick Saban spoke to reporters as usual on Monday and had a lot to say about the film. While pleased with the effort in the game, he lamented for two hundred yards that Tide had bested Tennessee in the game through penalties and fouls. He also said that while fans feel the loss, coaches and players feel bad, and he spoke of the team’s initial tightness with players showing some concern about the consequences of their mistakes.

“Sure. I think we probably had a lot of anxiety,” Anderson said. “We didn’t have the same intensity we had a couple of weeks ago. We definitely needed to move into this match but the intensity wasn’t where it was needed.”

Why was intensity missing?

“Probably, like I said, I have a little bit of anxiety about the game – it’s a big road game,” Anderson said.

This is the second game in a row that “anxiety” has been mentioned, after Saban said Galen Millereau had some anxiety in a Texas A&M game. It’s not terribly surprising that there was some tension in the environment they were in on Saturday, but I’m wondering if other factors are at play here. Is it possible that players who have zero contracts or are hoping for better zero contracts feel more external pressure to perform? Totally guesswork on my part, but I don’t remember Saban talking about this in previous years.

It may simply be that this particular team has suffered from the weight of expectations. This may have been an issue for some of the previous Saban teams that played it after a loss. We’ll see how this team handles its business in the future. In any case, it was also clear that accountability is still a big part of the process.

“I think we have to make the players more accountable in practice for doing things right, paying attention to detail and doing the little things right,” Saban said. “We can’t hang them for doing this. They are our players.

“We need to get them to understand what they have to do to not let these things happen and understand the consequences of what happens when you do that, and I think if you keep doing that consistently, maybe we need to play someone else.”

Saban also mentioned that Alabama asked the Securities and Exchange Commission about not calling on Tennessee to hit Price in the head.

2022 NCAA Rulebook identifier Targeting states that “no player may target the head or neck area of ​​an unarmed player or contact an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet.” This fall’s “focus point” was to identify the “crown” as the top of the helmet.

Saban said he received no explanation on the field on Saturday as to why targeting was not ruled out. Thomas finished the match with two tackles and a sack.

Knowing the quality of SEC officials as we do, they would probably be too focused on the helmet crown. Simply put, it’s too much to ask them to fully understand the concept of head protection, and that’s the point. Bryce was hit three times in the head or neck while in his pocket, and no one drew the flag. Is this why it happened three times and not just once? Nick was also asked about traffic interference calls. He was diplomatic as usual but expressed his point by asking for “consistency” in the way it was implemented.

Check out the entire press conference below.

Pat Fordy correctly notes that this team has been overstated, which may lead to some of the aforementioned concern, but all the goals are still achievable.

Bottom line, this was not a dominant Bama team and certainly did not play to pre-season expectations as the extravagant first team. Alabama is plagued by penalty shootouts (the last in the SEC), unable to force a turn (only five games in seven games) and lacks an overtaking threat. But none of that would matter if the tides won.

Lynn Kevin Deja Vu was ignited when Tennessee lined up at the winning field goal.

In person, UT saw a potential field goal win a game that was banned against Alabama in 2009 as soon as the Vols came to beat Alabama before Saturday.

“I sent out a tweet while they were lining up for this field goal,” Kevin said Monday. “The guy had really jumped through the barrier, so it was kind of weird. I didn’t catch the start because we were finishing hiring here. But it was an exciting game. This is football. This game goes both ways.”

Will’s shot sailed well to the right while Tennessee ran win points on a ball that had no work through the rolls that was just icing on the hangover cake.

Finally, as the Broncos lost Monday Night Football to the Los Angeles Chargers, Patrick Sertin II continued his impressive play. With Kenan Allen out, Mike Williams served as the top receiver for chargers and Put it in the closed position. At the end of the night, Williams had two lean goals for 17 yards, neither of which were against Sirtein.

Two of the top five on that list, #BuiltByBama.

That’s about it for now. have a great day.

tide roll.

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