Nick Saban blames his players for UGA loss

Alabama head coach Nick Saban hugs Georgia head coach Kirby Smart after the College Football Playoff championship football game Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Indianapolis. Georgia won 33-18. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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The finger-pointing continues at Alabama after last month’s embarrassing loss to Georgia in the national championship game.

The unthinkable loss is seriously bothering the Alabama crowd, who dismiss the idea that UGA is anywhere at its level of excellence.

This week, it’s Nick Saban pointing the fingers. Unsurprisingly, none of the fingers are pointed at himself.

Saban appeared as a guest speaker at the Alabama Football Coaches Association on Thursday, and in the process of trying to say something inspirational, he squarely laid the blame on a trio of youthful defenders, via SDS:

“We lost the national championship game, basically because we had 3 corners out, both starters and the best backup. So we’re playing with some guys that didn’t have a lot of experience. It eventually got us in the fourth quarter. We had the kind of team where we had a really good quarterback and we wanted to have skill guys that they couldn’t guard. So we had 2 who were really, really good — (John Metchie III and Jameson Williams). They both got hurt.

”Now, we were playing with guys that typically didn’t have to play at those positions. The lesson to be learned is there were 3 guys, and I’m not calling out any names, that basically didn’t do the things they needed to do throughout the season because they were frustrated with their circumstance. … They’re frustrated with their circumstance because they’re not playing as much as they want to. They’re outcome oriented, they want to worry about how many balls they catch or how much playing time they get or whatever it is. So they don’t focus every day on being a complete player at their position, and they don’t work in practice and prepare for the games because they say to themselves, ‘Why should I do this? I’m not gonna play anyway.’

”So, we had 3 guys, they all had a significant role in the national championship game, and not 1 of them, not 1, could take advantage of the opportunity that they had, because they never ground through it. They never made themselves the best player they could be. When they got the opportunity, they couldn’t do it. That’s a lesson for everybody. What comes first? Playing time? Or making sure that you’re ready to play and create value for yourself when you get the opportunity?”

Interestingly, Saban did not comment on his role or his staff’s role in preparing the young players.

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