Saban Predictably Unsatisfied

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban was predictably unsatisfied with Saturday night's 31-6 win over Colorado State, saying that his team was neither dominant nor consistent in the Tide's home opener.



"We want to be able to go dictate," Saban said in the post-game press conference. "We want to do everything we have to do to be more dominant and consistent going into the game, and I don't think we did that tonight."

Frustrating Saban the most was offensive inconsistency. Alabama couldn't move the ball on the ground for most of the night. In fact, the Crimson tide had just 66 net rushing yards.

And although Tide quarterbacks threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns combined, Saban lamented the interception by A.J. McCarron that deflated the squad for most of the second half and other miscues that left Alabama coming up short on multiple drives.

"Just too many mistakes," Saban said. "We obviously have a different game coming up next week and we need to get it right."

While Saban was unhappy with the lack of the "real sense of urgency" he was looking for, some of that might be attributed to the handful of starters that did not play Saturday.

"We have at least half a dozen guys out of the game tonight," Saban said.

Those included Anthony Steen, who Saban thought would play when he spoke to the media earlier in the week. Saban said Steen had a headache today and that is why he did not play against Colorado State.

Saban said that Amari Cooper's toe is bothering him. He did not elaborate on Cooper's possible return. Safety Nick Perry did not play because of shoulder injury, Saban said, and safety Jarrick Williams had an injury to his eye that caused bleeding and vision loss. He was not cleared to play by the medical staff, Saban said. Deion Belue and Kevin Norwood were out due to injuries as well.

Due to all of the defensive backs missing with injuries, Saban played five players at corner in a rotation, he said, to see if any of them played with the type of consistency that he wanted. He was not disappointed in any of them, but he also said that they all made mistakes.

Saban's post-game presser was a short one, with a brief opening statement and three questions.


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