Alabama football head coach Nick Saban spoke to the media on Monday afternoon.

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While speaking to the media, Saban explained why he did not release a depth chart.

"I know that your No. 1 focus is not on the game, it's on the depth chart," said Saban. "Look, there's a lot of competition on the team and when we put a depth chart out, you all think that's final, like this is edged in stone, that it's gonna be this way forevermore. Just because we come out of fall camp and that's where it is, but it creates a lot of distractions on our team, creates a lot of guys thinking that 'well, this guy won the job now and I'm not gonna play' or whatever and quite frankly, we don't need that. I want all of our players to continue to compete, to continue to compete for playing time, to try to play at the highest level, and I don't want anybody on our team to think that they're a backup player or whatever, and the depth chart kind of does that."

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