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Nick Saban's weekly news conference transcript

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Saban Opening Statement:

"After reviewing this past game there is obviously a lot of good things – most important of which is to win a game in the SEC in our division against a really good team. Very pleased with the competitive character that we showed in the game on the road, getting down 14-0. Obviously, we played a lot better offensively and we communicated better and controlled the line of scrimmage up front and didn't have a lot of negative plays. We had a lot of balance – running the ball as well as being able to throw it effectively and not have a lot of pressure in the pocket and really controlled the time of possession in the game, which is really important, especially when you are playing against an offense like they have. Special teams, our return game probably wasn't what we wanted it to be, but our specialists and the rest of our coverage teams did a really good job in the game. We have to continue to do some work there.

"Defensively, we didn't play real well. We did make two big plays that were critical in the game in terms of the two interceptions. We gave up too many big plays, too many missed assignments and too much lack of technique – guys doing what they are supposed to be doing on a consistent basis. When you don't do that and you play against good players you usually get exposed. From the first seven minutes of the game we get behind 14-0 and don't play very well. The last eight minutes of the game we give up 21 points – that's 35 points right there. In the middle, we settled down and played halfway decent. On the ends, we didn't do very well. Where do we go from here? I think the focus needs to be on improving as a team. There's no question that I don't feel like we are where we need to be as a team. There's definitely many, many things that we need to improve on and I think the most important thing about that is going to be that the players have the discipline to trust and believe in doing the things the way we want them done and believe in what the coach is telling you to do, so that you have a chance to do it. Work hard to get where you want to be. Without that improvement, we are not going to get where we want to go, we are not going to become the team that we could be.

"We had some players of the week, you obviously got that information. AJ [McCarron] being the offensive player of the week in the league is certainly great for him. From an injury standpoint, Deion's going to be day-to-day and probably questionable. Kevin Norwood is day-to-day and probably questionable. Anthony Steen is day-to-day, but very probable that he will be back in a day or whatever.

Colorado State – I think Jim McElwain has done a fabulous job there – he obviously did a fantastic job for us here, the four years he was here. He is a very bright guy, has a lot of energy and enthusiasm and affects players in a positive way and I think he's gotten the most out of his team and the players that he has. They had a big win, but in both of their other two games they were leading Colorado and Tulsa going into the fourth quarter, which says their team is always very well-prepared and do a really good job of executing in the game. I'm very impressed. They have a good quarterback. They have a lot of returning starters on both sides of the ball. They don't make a lot of mistakes and I think this is a very good team, a very challenging team. It's certainly something that we are looking forward to. I don't ever remember it being Sept. 21 – having been practicing for seven or eight weeks – and not having played a home game yet. We are all looking forward to that and I hope our players are looking forward to it. We are certainly looking forward to being home in front of our fans."

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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