Alabama football head coach Nick Saban had an interesting take on what last season was in his eyes.

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While speaking on JOX 94.5's Mac and Cube Show on Wednesday morning, the seven-time national champion called last season a "rebuilding year."

"Last year, we had kind of a rebuilding year. So we should have nine starters back on offense, nine on defense, but six guys go out early for the draft. So now we have five back on offense and seven back on defense. So that in and of itself creates a few more question marks but it also creates opportunity for other players to be able to shine in the program and contribute in a positive way," said Saban.

Most players have spoken out about their disappointment with last season, including Alabama quarterback Bryce Young who called the season "a failure," at the Manning Passing Academy in June. However, Saban is the first to mention rebuilding as a reason the team did not finish on top.

Last year's season consisted of being No. 1 in the nation, SEC champions, a 13-2 overall record, undefeated at home, College Football Playoffs, and national championship appearances, plus produced a Heisman winner who shattered multiple program and conference records.

The Tide also had a team that contained the top recruiting class of 2021 and the No. 2 recruiting class from 2020 and saw its second two-loss season since 2015.

So if that is considered a rebuilding year, then next year should be filled with joyless murderball.

The Alabama Crimson Tide's revenge tour starts on September 3, 2022, against Utah State. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CST on the SEC Network. Radio coverage will be on Tide 100.9 and the Tide 100.9 app, which is free to download in the App Store.

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