Nick Saban on the Spread: Offense Limits Players’ NFL Options

Posted by Mike Dockery on August-8-2009 Add Comments

The spread was not kind to Alabama last season. Alabama faced teams employing the wide-open offense in its final two games of the season, in the SEC Championship Game against Florida and the Sugar Bowl against Utah.

Both times, the defense was not impressive, and more importantly, both times the Tide lost.

Perhaps Alabama head coach Nick Saban is just sick of seeing the spread. Or perhaps he’s just a helpful guy. Either way, Saban recently passed on some advice for coaches who use it.

“I think the spread is difficult to defend, and I think there are some definite benefits to it,” Saban said. “But I also have a 13-page letter in my office from an NFL general manager about we can&rsquo...

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