One of the major continual changes within the sport centers around offensive schemes. When Saban began at Alabama, the Crimson Tide ran a traditional power-I offensive scheme.
Since then, college football has evolved, now relying on more hurry-up RPO offenses. Saban has had to adapt Alabama’s defense, as a result.
“It’s challenging as a defensive guy to be able to adapt and adjust to the way the game is played now,” Saban admitted, via 247Sports. “But I think the rules in college football have sort of ignited the change throughout the game. Blocking three and a half yards downfield on a pass play, which leads to RPOs, is a dramatic change in the way you play football. You need to be spread out to do that.”
While some defensive-minded coaches may become annoyed by evolving offenses, Saban accepts the challenge. He even went as far to say he’d be “bored” if offenses were still running the I-formation.
“I would be bored if we were still running the I-formation if I was a defensive coach, and I am a defensive coach. … But it’s not that way anymore. It’s very challenging, a lot of adjustments to be made,” Saban continued. “But it’s also fun to watch for the fans because there’s more points scored. Sometime early on here in 2009, 2010 when we first came, we led the nation giving up eight points a game. Last year, we gave up 19 points a game and we were first in the SEC, aight.”
Nick Saban explains why offensive changes in CFB don't bother him
— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) June 24, 2021
Nick Saban is always up for a challenge.
It’s hard to believe how far college football has come since Saban took over in 2007. And it’s going to continue changing until he eventually calls it a career.