Nick Saban claims he wasn’t making excuses with NFL draft comments

AP

When Alabama coach Nick Saban complained that the NFL distracted his players by telling them which round they were projected to be drafted in just before their college football playoff game against Ohio State, it sounded like an excuse for losing that game. But Saban says that’s not the case.

It wasn’t an excuse at all for losing to Ohio State,” Saban told Paul Finebaum, via AL.com. “There’s no excuse. We didn’t play as well as we wanted to play. That’s my responsibility. It’s my fault. It kind of surprises me that somebody in the media would take it that way when you try to make a suggestion that would make things better, and they take it as an excuse for what you didn’t do. It’s my responsibility. I didn’t manage it well enough to get our team ready to play the game, and our team chemistry wasn’t what it needed to be, and that’s all my responsibility.”

Still, Saban thinks the NFL draft advisory board would serve players well to wait until after their season is over to give them their draft projections.

“I think that to have a December 15th deadline for when a junior can submit for a draft grade and then you get that assessment back some time right before or right after Christmas — and then you have a playoff game coming up on January 1st or 2nd — I think it’s my obligation as a coach to inform that young man when I get that information because it’s his information, not my information, to make him aware of that,” Saban said. “And we’re talking about a young person who has to deal with a lot now. . . . So we’re trying to get ready for a game and all of a sudden a guy finds out he’s a first-round draft — or a guy that thought he was a first-round draft pick finds out he’s not a first-round draft pick — and we’re trying to get ready and play a playoff game.”

Saban took some criticism for his comments, but he’s standing by them. Even as he acknowledges that if his team wasn’t ready for its playoff game, that was his own fault.

36 responses to “Nick Saban claims he wasn’t making excuses with NFL draft comments

  1. Knowing Nick Saban he’ll promptly do something which is the complete opposite of what he said in the article in the next 5-10 minutes.

  2. There’s a rumor that in 1983 Nick Saban actually said something that wasn’t a lie.

    This rumor is unconfirmed and considered highly unlikely.

  3. The problem with Saban is when he complains that spread offenses are unsafe to players (before Lane Kiffin installs it at Bama) or the NFL draft, his complaints never occur after he’s won a championship.

    It’s after he gets his rear kicked by Oklahoma and Ohio State that the game needs to be fixed.

  4. I just got an idea for a new country song about Nick Saban. You could call it “Whining and lying” since any time he speaks he’s either whining about something or lying.

  5. Of course it affected them, don’t you guys remember how good Ohio St played and Meyer didn’t tell his guys about their draft projections till after they kicked Saban’s butt.

    lol

    Shut up Saban!

  6. Yea, I threw my players under the bus, but the media took it the wrong way. Of course, now I just backed the bus up and ran over them again! I’ sure the media will take this the wrong way.

  7. Didn’t use that excuse when he was winning National Titles. Seems like sour grapes to me. Can’t accept defeat without an excuse.

  8. You can bet that any time someone opens with, ” I’m not making any excuses”, excuses will follow.

  9. filmex2000 says:
    Jul 16, 2015 8:53 PM

    The problem with Saban is when he complains that spread offenses are unsafe to players (before Lane Kiffin installs it at Bama) or the NFL draft, his complaints never occur after he’s won a championship.

    It’s after he gets his rear kicked by Oklahoma and Ohio State that the game needs to be fixed.
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    In New England we call that Harbaughitis

  10. Dear Nick,

    The plain fact is that you and your team got beat by a better team when you lost to Ohio State. Spin it however you’d like.

    Sincerely,
    Anyone with the gift of sight

  11. 2 years in a row hiss team gets beat in a bowl and he blames it on his kids focus and interest. What a jerk, accept YOU did not prepare your team properly.

  12. It was an excuse offered by Saban, but it didn’t fly.

    Saban said he had players trying to preserve their draft status and he said it arrogantly as if Ohio State didn’t have any highly ranked NFL prospects on their team.

    All the top college football programs deal with similar challenges so just stop the whining and stay in your lane.

  13. In nick saban’s world, the only person who matters is nick saban. Can’t believe anyone still wants to play for this jerk.

  14. He was either making an excuse or blaming his players for dogging it. Take your pick. This guy has no life because he has no personality so he’s watched that loss to OSU probably 43 times and he went through his checklist of what went wrong- none of which he considered his responsibility. Newest theory- NFL draft notices; players were saving themselves– yeah…yeah…that’s the ticket!

  15. samapoc says:Jul 17, 2015 7:34 AM

    In nick saban’s world, the only person who matters is nick saban. Can’t believe anyone still wants to play for this jerk.
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    Jerk or not, Nick Saban has coached 16 first round draft picks since he took over at Alabama. He’s an expert at his craft and is second-to-none. Pretty easy to understand why players sign with Alabama.

  16. So sick of this turd. He stacks his teams with All-Americans and then complains cause they want to go to NFL?? He has already proven he will quit on his players as soon as the going gets rough or for greener pastures.

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