The Alabama Crimson Tide are looking for answers. Head coach Nick Saban tried to control his emotions at a press conference Monday following a devastating loss to previously No. 15 Ole Miss.
But that ranking is history, and so are Tide’s top ten prospects. The upset at home dropped the Tide out of the top ten in several polls and vaulted Ole Miss into the top five, making them automatic College Football Playoff contenders. This is the Rebels second consecutive defeat over the Tide.
After a five-turnover performance, including a fumble on the opening kickoff and a late interception to end the Tide’s chances, Coach Saban still praised his players’ efforts. He ended up taking full responsibility for the disappointing result.
“We have to learn to channel our energy and focus it into the right places so that we get better execution on a more consistent basis,” Saban said. “And that starts with me. It starts with us as coaches in terms of doing a better job throughout the course of the week preparing guys to be able to go out there and execute better.”
Saban says he’s pleased with the fight his players showed in attempting to come back.
“They really played hard, they showed a lot of resiliency to keep coming back,” Saban said. “It’d be really easy to sit here and say the turnovers were the issue. But we need to have better fundamental execution of what we’re doing.”
The Tide’s head coach went on to recount how his team surrendered too many negative plays on offense and too many big plays on defense. To his credit, the Tide’s defense gave up 341 yards through the air and gave up at least five plays of 20 yards or more.
Coach Saban is adamant that his team is looking forward and and looking to improve as a key game in Athens against the Georgia Bulldogs looms ever closer. First though, the Tide must face a team that the Bulldogs already beat in the first week of the season: the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.
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