Alabama coach Nick Saban on Monday tried to clarify the comments he made after the 63-48 victory over Ole Miss on Saturday, in which he said that it was as if the rebels, who had accumulated 647 yards of insult, understood their defensive signals.
During his regular weekly press conference on Monday, Saban told reporters that what he was referring to after the match was the feeling that his defense had always lagged behind.
“Part of that is our question about how we disguise things,” he said. “They were moving fast. We were trying to get organized and we didn’t do a very good job of covering things up. So they were able to take advantage of a lot of situations.
“They know us well, so all of these things made me feel a little like we were one game behind.”
Ole Miss Lane coach Kifin spent three seasons as Saban’s offensive coordinator in Alabama from 2014 to ’16.
On Monday, Kifin responded to Saban’s comments, saying he had never known the tide signals during his stay in Tuscaloosa and that walking as fast as offensively did not allow the time it took to steal signals.
“We get used to the game first of all before the last game is over. Before we mark the ball, we call it our game,” he said. “Then they fight to call them the play. They’re just trying to get their boys to line up. It’s not going to do us any good. By the time someone tells us, we’re already clicking the ball.”
Ole Miss’s 48 points were the highest number 2 allowed by Alabama to an invaluable rival in the AP era (since 1936).
On Monday, however, Saban received defense coordinator Pete Golding, saying: “I don’t think the conversation is necessarily the problem. I think the fulfillment of the call is the problem.
“The only mistake that would be is not to learn from the mistakes we have made so that we can improve in the future, work harder to make corrections and make everyone responsible for their work. a little better, coaches and players, “Saban said. “That’s the way we can improve.”
Number 2 Alabama will not get a break this week when it hosts No. 3 Georgia on Saturday.
Saban called the Bulldogs “probably one of the best teams in the country” with “perhaps the best defensive team in the country all the way.”