Nick Saban After A-Day: ‘Don’t Think We’re an Elite Team Right Now’
Alabama's spring camp came to a conclusion on Saturday with a 27-24 Crimson win on A-Day. The game wrapped up 15 days of practice and scrimmages for the Crimson Tide.
Following A-Day, head coach Nick Saban met with the media to discuss the team's performance and sent a pretty clear message heading into the offseason.
"My assessment of the spring is that I don’t think that we’re an elite team right now," Saban said at his postgame press conference. "I think we’re kind of an adequate team. I don’t mean that in a negative way because I think we’ve come out of the spring in a lot of years where we don’t have an elite team. It’s how the team responds through the summer and fall camp because we’re going to play an elite team in the first game. What kind of commitment each guy makes to being an elite player, affecting himself in a positive way, and affecting his unit in a positive way is going to determine how we all affect our team in a positive way which ultimately will lead to what kind of team we really have."
Even if Saban doesn't think his team is elite yet, A-Day certainly showed that there's an elite level of talent on the team this year. Alabama might have lost three of its top four pass catchers, but the passing game had a huge day inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The two teams combined for 661 passing yards. Jalen Hurts lead the way with 301 yards and two touchdowns.
"It was good that we threw the ball with a little more efficiency and we made some explosive plays in the passing game which I think is very important to being successful on offense.”
Defensively, the Crimson Tide put more pressure on the offense in the second half after 38 first-half points. Saban said he wants the defense to keep focusing on finishing strong.
“Really, just finishing. You saw out there, just with the white team itself. We wanted to treat that whole situation like the Clemson game. We came up short, but we went into it strong. It’s something we need to work at and focus on in the spring.”
You can watch the entire press conference in the video above.