Nick Saban was the Browns defensive coordinator from 1991-1994 with his mentor and head coach of Browns, Bill Belichick. Saban learned the defensive philosophy from Belichick and also learnt a lesson on how to get the most out of his staff and players. Saban loved the sign Belichick would hang around the facility that read “Do your job”. Belichick still lives by that saying on the football field and Nick Saban does as well. Saban coaches against perfection every game and never lets any mistake go, no matter how out of hand the game is, reminds me of Belichick. Saban delivers daily doses of “humble pie” to his players. Saban doesn’t give out injury reports through out the game, just like his mentor for New England doesn’t. You can’t find a team more similar in almost every way to New England then Alabama is as a team, as a coaching staff, and how they go about winning. The only real difference is the Patriots throw a lot more and go no huddle, fast pace offense.
Tonight Alabama took on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Orange Bowl for the National Championship. Alabama was trying to become a dynasty in the college football ranks, going for the their 3rd National Title in four years. The Crimson Tide won the National Title last year, defeating SEC foe LSU, 21-0 to claim the title. This year they was going for the back to back championship, against a team who has great college football history as well. Notre Dame, a proud, historic program was finally back in the National Championship game, not winning one since 1988. Notre Dame was a heavy underdog and for good reason too. Many people had their doubts about Notre Dame, a lot of it is based on the fact many hate Notre Dame, and the other reason for doubt was Notre Dame was still unproven to the eyes of many. They are not in a conference, they barely beat the likes of Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame did nothing Monday Night to help their case that they belong in the big game. They were over matched, over power, out coached, and out played in every way. Alabama took their opening drive up the field for a touchdown, and that began the route. The SEC power and speed was just too much for Notre Dame to handle as Alabama ran right over Notre Dame, picking up huge chunks on the ground and running right through Notre Dame’s players. Alabama also had it easy throwing too, picking up first downs through the air like it was as easy as playing catch in the back yard. By the end of the first quarter it was 14-0 Alabama, and by half time it was 28-0 Alabama. The game was over before the second quarter even ended. This was one of the most over hyped National Title games ever as Notre Dame clearly didn’t belong in the game, at least not yet. This was Nick Saban’s fourth National Title as a head coach in college football. He won the title back in 2003 as LSU’s head coach. It is his third with Alabama. RB Eddie Lacy won the offensive MVP, and C.J. Mosley won the defensive MVP. The whole offensive line of Alabama had plenty of shout outs from the announcers for their outstanding job during the National Championship game, unquestionable the best offensive line in College Football. The final score was 14-42. Alabama wins their third title in four years. Congratulations to Nick Saban, and Alabama Crimson Tide’s football team, staff, and fans.
The A.P. released their final poll of the season.
The A.P. Poll Top Ten:
3. Ohio State
4. Notre Dame
6. Texas A&M
8. South Carolina
10. Florida State