SABAN: Bye Week Will Be for Healing
Nick Saban said he'd give his players three days off next week and would not spend any time next week schooling his players on the LSU game plan. Alabama has a bye next week before facing the top-ranked Bengal Tigers in Tuscaloosa in two weeks.
In his post-game press conference at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa after Saturday night's 37-6 win over the Tennessee Vols, Saban told the media that next week will be a week for rest, healing, fundamentals, and chilling out.
"We will not start preparing on that (LSU) game because I'm not too big on starting too soon," Saban said. "I think they get bored. Everybody needs to chill out mentally, physically, and every other way for a few days."
"The number one things I told them after the game is we need to rest and get healed up," he said.
With a few hours extra beyond the standard 24-Hour Rule for enjoying a victory before focusing in on the next game Tide players can revel in a dominating third quarter in which they left the Vols in the dust after playing a to a 6-6 tie in the first half.
Saban didn't give a fiery speech at halftime to get the players going, he said.
"It really wasn't explosive," Saban said. "I think the players were emotional about the situation and responded on their own. I challenged them and said y'all have a decision to make. You have 30 minutes to play and you have to decide what you want and what you have to do to get what you want. There was no sense in stomping and jumping up and down."
Saban obviously read his players' emotions correctly. The Tide outscored Tennessee 21-0 in the third quarter.
Alabama also made a tactical adjustment in the second half that opened A.J. McCarron up for a flawless third quarter passing performance where he completed seven-of-seven passes for 125 yards, threw for one touchdown and ran for another.
"They dropped eight guys and got a pick early and that probably spooked AJ a little bit," Saban said. "We made a decision at halftime that their guys played (a safety in the) middle of the field with a close eight-man front every time and overloaded box to the tight end side. We said we have to throw ball; we have to throw it on first down. We did and we had a lot of success."
"We have a lot of weapons and we have to use them," Saban said.
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