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Lane Kiffin: Alabama’s top three RBs rival NFL backfields from a talent perspective

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As former Oakland Raiders, Tennessee and USC head coach Lane Kiffin enters his first season as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, he has the luxury of working with a talented and experienced backfield.

Alabama’s top three rushers from a season ago — T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake — are back for 2014. And Kiffin, for his part, reportedly believes the trio can be special, as he told an audience at a college football preview banquet in Mobile, Alabama on Thursday.

“There probably aren’t three more talented tailbacks in the NFL on a roster than we’re fortunate to be able to work with at Alabama,” Kiffin said at the Dex Imaging L’Arche Football Preview on Thursday, according to Mike Herndon of Al.com.

Kiffin’s high regard for Yeldon, Henry and Drake’s skill is notable, and it is flattering, given his work with high-level collegiate talent and his NFL experience. Should all three backs make the NFL and succeed, Kiffin’s words will have held up well — and he, along with Alabama’s other staff and the players themselves — will have put the work needed to develop those gifts. For now, though, it is just preseason praise, words that figure to please Alabama fans.

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42 Responses to “Lane Kiffin: Alabama’s top three RBs rival NFL backfields from a talent perspective”
  1. kmgpop says: May 30, 2014 1:34 PM

    Who the hell would take Lane Kiffin’s word about anything??
    This guy is a snakeoil salesman in a visor. How this guy keeps landing high profile and high paying jobs is beyond explanation.

  2. thepftpoet says: May 30, 2014 1:36 PM

    Adrian Peterson’s left toe is better than all three of them combined.

  3. slizzyslizz says: May 30, 2014 1:36 PM

    lane – wake me up when an alabama running back, or any position player from Alabama, actually does something to make an impact in the NFL.

  4. jtbaudendistel says: May 30, 2014 1:38 PM

    Lane. Whatta hack

  5. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: May 30, 2014 1:38 PM

    How much Kiffin’s opinion matters is qualified by the fact that Kiffen was a confirmed failure at the NFL level.

  6. Go-Hawks! says: May 30, 2014 1:39 PM

    I call BS.

    Several NFL teams have better depth at RB than Alabama.

  7. oakfolk says: May 30, 2014 1:39 PM

    Lame Kiffin

  8. claymatthewshairplugs says: May 30, 2014 1:40 PM

    That’s what I thought when I was in Alabama too.

    - Trent Richardson & Mark Ingram

  9. bigcali4life says: May 30, 2014 1:41 PM

    Lane being Lane. Backing his guys to get their trust. I get that.

    But for fun, I’ll name one group: Gore, Hyde, Lattimore/Hunter.

  10. dethsupport says: May 30, 2014 1:44 PM

    Words are wind, and this guy’s a windbag.

  11. tvguy22 says: May 30, 2014 1:46 PM

    Their salaries are probably close, too.

  12. nogoodtomedead says: May 30, 2014 1:47 PM

    What does he know about the NFL- or even being a good coach? Enough of this tool- good thing daddy could get his foot in the door of the business

  13. pilot2011 says: May 30, 2014 2:12 PM

    Williams/Stewart/Tolbert couldn’t play for Alabama ey?

  14. 93civiccpe says: May 30, 2014 2:16 PM

    College stars don’t always translate to the NFL. As one mentioned above, look at the 49ers..

    LaMicheal James
    Marcus Lattimore
    Carlos Hyde

    All of them were great in college. None of them have yet to prove themselves in the NFL. And all of them are currently stuck behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter.

  15. ariani1985 says: May 30, 2014 2:20 PM

    How does this loser keep getting work?

  16. osage44 says: May 30, 2014 2:26 PM

    …said the guy who has gone from NFL head coach to Nick Saban’s towel-boy in just a few short years.
    Kiffin is no longer failing upward.

  17. thelastwordyaheard says: May 30, 2014 2:33 PM

    Lane Kiffin has the Midas Touch.. only in reverse

  18. marooncat79 says: May 30, 2014 2:34 PM

    Lane-you just cannot shut up can you? While it probably is true, it is much better left unsaid

  19. wtfchiefs says: May 30, 2014 2:36 PM

    Kiffin is right.

    Said no one ever.

  20. thetechnocrat says: May 30, 2014 2:37 PM

    …and that ladies and gentlemen is why Lane Kiffin shouldn’t have a job in football. I’m talking not even the guy behind the counter filling overpriced beer cups.

  21. dalcow4 says: May 30, 2014 2:45 PM

    Let’s talk about it after they make an NFL roster.

  22. harveyredman says: May 30, 2014 2:52 PM

    First for everything!!

    First time ever that EVERYONE is in agreement.

    It takes Lane Kiffin to bring us all together.

    Thank you Lane for being so undeniably lame :D

  23. zam0854 says: May 30, 2014 2:52 PM

    McCoy/Sproles/Bryce Brown?
    Mendenhall/Ellington/St. Taylor?

    All I had time for was two teams, but this dude is a joke!

  24. raiderapologist says: May 30, 2014 2:54 PM

    Gurley is better than Yeldon.

  25. kansacity88 says: May 30, 2014 3:04 PM

    LOL! Lane, that funny guy! He’s still around?

  26. schmitty2 says: May 30, 2014 3:11 PM

    Geographically speaking Lane is loved by most fans in the U.S…with the exception of the eastern half of Tennessee and pretty much the whole state of California.

  27. hanklin89 says: May 30, 2014 3:12 PM

    Too bad they won’t do diddly squat in the NFL. Alabama running backs are huge busts.

  28. cguy7 says: May 30, 2014 3:13 PM

    Can’t rival the Raven backfield in terms of judgement…

  29. farmmbig says: May 30, 2014 3:20 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me how the media can devote so much attention toward a terrible coach.

  30. lukedunphysscienceproject says: May 30, 2014 3:41 PM

    Too bad with the money NFL RBs are paid these days they are probably making more money now than they ever will in the pros even if they’re great.

  31. ramrene says: May 30, 2014 3:49 PM

    Won’t matter if the kids are good or not… Kiffen won’t know how to use them and won’t get the best out of them.

  32. laxer37 says: May 30, 2014 4:10 PM

    Kiffin’s never been wrong.

    And by never, I mean always.

  33. irishdodger says: May 30, 2014 4:12 PM

    Perfect example of a guy born on 3rd base.

  34. charger383 says: May 30, 2014 4:18 PM

    Why did Saban hire this horses’s rear end

  35. wolfman55h says: May 30, 2014 5:16 PM

    Saban lets this ass clown talk to the media? That’s like letting a three year old play with a revolver.

  36. shull2906 says: May 30, 2014 5:34 PM

    Lane Kiffin is an idiot. There not even the best trio of running backs in the SEC. That title goes to Georgia. There is Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, and J.J. Green.

  37. atthemurph says: May 30, 2014 5:43 PM

    Wisconsin’s RBs are better than Alabama’s.
    Melvin Gordon, Corey Clement, and it doesn’t matter who is the third one.

  38. jdphx says: May 30, 2014 6:00 PM

    How I can’t STAND this guy!

  39. raiderapologist says: May 30, 2014 7:28 PM

    thepftpoet says: May 30, 2014 1:36 PM

    Adrian Peterson’s left toe is better than all three of them combined.
    ——————-
    He only has one?

  40. brownsmakemecrazy says: May 30, 2014 8:15 PM

    Yeldon and Drake are awesome. Hill and Bernard with Bengals are going to be a great 1-2 punch. Lynch and Turbin are beasts in Seattle. As outrageous as his statement sounds, hes not too far off.

    Gore is a beast w the 49ers, im not sure Hyde has the speed to be successful in the NFL. BigTen defenses arent exactly stellar or quick.

  41. pw1265 says: May 30, 2014 8:27 PM

    AL pays more than NFL teams do! I wonder how many porshe’s they gave to those players….pathetic conference!

  42. kmgpop says: Jun 1, 2014 2:27 PM

    I thought maybe I was being a little harsh on the guy. Based on other posts I have read, I am feeling pretty good about my original post on this story.
    If I had a son who was being recruited to play college football, this would be the one guy who would show up at my door and I would say “Oh no way in Hell!”

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