Nick Saban on Kentucky game: ‘I didn’t think we started off slow’

Sep 28, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban screams to his offense from the sidelines against the Mississippi Rebels during the fourth quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Mississippi Rebels 25-0. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Asked on Monday about his team’s first-quarter performance against Kentucky, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban took umbrage at the suggestion his squad got off to a slow start. The game was tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter, and Alabama had fumbled the ball twice in the red zone.

Said Saban:

My question is how did we get there to start with? Did we play horribly bad to move the ball down the field to get it to the 5-yard line? So, was it a slow start or was it just a matter of two turnovers and a dropped third down that we stopped ourselves in three circumstances? I didn’t think we started off slow. I just didn’t think we finished the drives like we needed to to cash in (

Saban went on talk about how the slow-start perception is a product of a world where if you “don’t get the immediate self-gratification — instant coffee, instant tea, instant everything — it’s bad.”

The No. 1 Crimson Tide will host the Arkansas Razorbacks this weekend. The Razorbacks are coming off an embarrassing 52-7 loss to South Carolina and have lost seven SEC games in a row.


Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Nick Saban

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