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CFB Analyst Identifies Major Issue Nick Saban Faces

A closeup of Nick Saban.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide gestures before the 2018 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Nick Saban has established Alabama as the preeminent college football dynasty thanks to his incredible recruiting abilities and his great coaching mind. But he's facing one significant issue moving forward that could potentially jeopardize his program moving forward.

During Wednesday's edition of the Cover 3 Podcast, 247Sports analyst Barton Simmons addressed the possibility that the near-constant coaching staff changes the Crimson Tide have gone through may catch up with them. Simmons noted that many of Alabama's SEC rivals are made up primarily of former Alabama employees.

“You know what’s funny?” Simmons asked. “If you look across the SEC, the conference is so intensely competitive that they’re always jumping from job to job. They’re always stealing coordinators from one another. This year, Tennessee grabs Derrick Ansley, who was two years removed from being at Alabama. Tennessee steals the offensive coordinator from Georgia in Jim Chaney. Half of Georgia’s operation staff is one-time Alabama guys..."

Numerous Alabama coordinators and positional coaches have been pried from Tuscaloosa for either head coaching jobs or better paying jobs. This past offseason alone saw more than half-a-dozen coaches or executives leave Alabama.

But Simmons stopped short of saying that the turnover will definitely be a problem. He even suggested that Nick Saban may not even mind having so much coaching turnover on a regular basis.

"...That turnover has been so steady and so consistent that I feel like this is just the way of Nick Saban. I don’t know... I don’t know that I necessarily am looking at that stability or familiarity as the reason that they’ll win a national championship or won’t.”

Kirby Smart, Jeremy Pruitt, Mike Locksley, and Lane Kiffin are just a few current head coaches that have only recently left Nick Saban's side.

Alabama will head into the 2019 season with seven coaches that have either just been brought on or have been promoted from more limited roles.

Will Alabama miss a step with so many new voices on the sidelines, or is Saban's recruiting and coaching knowledge so dominant that his teams can overcome any learning curve?