Since Nick Saban took over the Crimson Tide in 2007, Alabama has won five national championships. That includes two College Football Playoff national titles.
Last year, the Tide took down Georgia on the arm of freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. While most of the talk this offseason has been about Alabama's quarterback battle, one anonymous head coach thinks the Tide has bigger problems.
Despite winning the title last year and the five titles in nine seasons, the anonymous coach doubts Nick Saban.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, one anonymous coach thinks the SEC West is on the rise and ready to challenge the Tide. Here's what he had to say.
There’s more uncertainty on the defense. They lost eight starters to the NFL, but the big question is if they’ll take a step back with [former coordinator] Jeremy Pruitt now at Tennessee. When you have a guy like 6'7", 300-pound end Raekwon Davis, it may not matter. ... As good as they are, nothing will come easy, because the competition in the SEC West is closing in: Auburn is loaded; LSU and Mississippi State will be a handful; and Texas A&M, under Jimbo Fisher, is coming.
The narrative that the "SEC West is coming" isn't new - and the Tide have dominated year-in and year-out. That's not likely to change this season.
Alabama opens the season against Louisville in a non-conference battle.