Asked if his team had accomplished what he had hoped for the spring, he launched into the soliloquy.
"I think it's a work in progress," he said. "We've made a lot of progress. I don't think we are where we want to be. You know, what's the amazing thing to me is how we can have so many people that think about what the result can be, the result that they would like for it to be, and the expectation of that result, and talk about winning championships and all that kind of stuff, when the thing we need to be doing is figuring out what we need to do to do it.
"And we have too many people that think that way and not enough people that think about what do I need to do every day to be as good as I can be so we have the best chance to do that, and we don't quite get that. And there's too many people that are comfortable and satisfied, and not hungry enough to do what they've got to do to do it because they hear too much about all this stuff all the time around here, and that's got to change and we've got to change it and we're change it. You've got to be process oriented. You don't talk about winning championships, you go do what you've got to do to do it.
"Every time you guys interview a player what do they talk about? Whether you get them to say it or they say it on their own, I don't know. And my question is, let's quit talking about it and let's go do what we've got to do to do it because that is what we can control. You can't always control the outcome but you can control what you do to get ready to do it and that's what we should be doing as football players, that's what we should be doing as a football program, and that's what we should do as an organization.
"Why are looking at me like that? Reporters in here are looking at me like I've got more than one head."
Asked about his thoughts on being seemingly at the center of fans' attention, Saban said, "I'm going to focus on what we need to do to be good," he said. "What they're focused on doesn't matter. That's kind of external, and we'd rather not get affected by external things… I can't control that, so I don't really know what you want me to say, but it doesn't bother me one way or the other. I mean I appreciate the fact that people are interested and I appreciate the fact that people have been supportive of us being here and I appreciate our fans. If they're a positive they can be a real plus to getting where we want to go."