“I’m not going to be the Alabama coach” Alabama coach Nick Saban thrives at the college level and sputtered in the NFL because he’s a great recruiter — and because recruiting has much greater value where there’s no draft or salary cap. But not everyone thinks Saban’s forked tongue is coated in silver. (That’s not a specific knock on Saban; pretty much every high-level football coach tells something other than the truth from time to time, usually for strategic reasons.)
Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, in a quote from a new book about Saban, wasn’t impressed by one of the most successful coaches in the history of college football.
“I don’t see no big deal like everybody else,” Clowney said in Saban: The Making of a Coach, via Greg Rajan of the Houston Chronicle. “They’d say, ‘He’s the king of all of football.’ The guy ain’t nothing but 5-5. He’s a short guy. Everybody’s going crazy on Nick Saban.
“He talked the whole time he was there. I was dozing off. He can talk. A lot. He talked for a whole straight hour.”
As it turns out, Saban was wasting his time. For Clowney, there was one factor that kept him from going to Alabama: The 3-4 defense. If Saban ran a 4-3, Clowney would have signed up right away.