Alabama coach Nick Saban has a defensive back’s background. He played in the secondary at Kent State in the early 1970s, and several of his early coaching jobs were with DBs. He coached them at West Virginia, Ohio State, Navy, Michigan State, and the Houston Oilers before he ever got a head coaching job. Every head coach came up with one positional group, and most of them feel at least a little extra passion about those roots.
Here’s one example:
"Kiss my ass."— Brandon Kamerman (@B_Kamerman) April 3, 2018
-- Just another Nick Saban practice #RollTide
P.S. Sorry about the video. I was not anticipating the coach's animated outburst. pic.twitter.com/rbh6aUXk4n
Saban’s passionate about every part of coaching, but he’s particularly hands-on about defensive back play. When Saban gets into the nuts and bolts of secondary play, it’s appointment listening for players, fans, and media at all levels of the sport. Here’s a good breakdown of some cornerback drills from the Senior Bowl earlier in 2018:
Any time Nick Saban is talking about DB play, you should be listening. #SeniorBowl pic.twitter.com/j1qEcg679c— David Neumann (@NeumannNFL) January 24, 2018
If you want to get really into the weeds, here’s nearly an hour of Saban talking defensive back play at a coaches clinic sometime around 20 years ago:
I don’t know who No. 28 is for Alabama. There’s nobody with that number on the Tide’s official roster. Whoever he is, he’ll probably internalize whatever Saban wanted.