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Video: Saban's not happy, rips reporters

During his presser yesterday, Saban laid into reporters that decided to basically crown Alabama the national champs after their solid week 1 performance against Michigan.

After getting some things off his chest in the first two minutes, Saban explains, "I'm just giving my opinion. I respect what y'all do. I understand you're not here to promote our program, or anything like that."

"But we play the games for a reason. When you make all these predictions about what's going to happen, it takes away from the game."

In about six minutes total at the podium , Saban expresses his frustration, then answers a few questions before explaining as he walks off, "I didn't mean to intimidate y'all, today. I just had to take it out on somebody."

Swinney explains how helmet rule changes strategy

After the first week under the new helmet rule, we hear that many coaches are tweaking their game plans and sideline procedures to make sure that when a player has to come off the field, they aren't necessarily losing a down because the backup isn't ready to go.

Dabo Swinney is one of those coaches.

“I understand the rule, but for us it’s a little bit of a challenge when you run your quarterback, he gets hit and sometimes he gets in some piles, and sometimes helmets find their way from getting of their head.” 

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd lost his helmet three times last week, which has Dabo making adjustments to keep their backup quarterback fresh on the sidelines throughout games in the future.

“The big thing for us is you better have your backup ready to go. One of the things we’re going to do moving forward is to make sure our backup is getting some snaps, throwing the ball, staying loose and being ready."

“I don’t know how we can get the helmet on any tighter. We’re basically about to cut his circulation off trying to keep it on." Swinney explained.

Positions other than quarterback are obviously a little easier to substitute for. Rotating a receiver or bringing in an offensive lineman in on third and long, in a crunch time situation, is much different from having to substitute your star signal caller.

"It’s definitely an issue, especially at that position. It’s not like at wideout or something else, that is such a critical position. ... It’s definitely something everyone is going to have to continue to adjust to.” 


Leach weighs in on Sark having a Tiger at practice

After practice yesterday, a reporter asked Mike Leach what he described as an "off the wall question."

Ask Leach an off the wall question...get an off the wall answer.

Thursday TV - Big East action

Big East action starts tonight with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.

All times eastern.


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Charlie Weis explains how he breaks down film

As coaches, we all have own system of breaking down film. Some of us grade players and give them overall grades, while others grade efficiency or count correct assignments, knockdowns and loafs. We all have our own preference.

Charlie Weis uses a system of pluses and minuses.

It’s basically a plus or minuses that average up to a percentage. You get one in the run game, one in the pass game and you get one collectively to see what your efficiency in the game was individually.”

After a win, the grades have a tendency to put everyone back in their place, reminding them of how much they can still improve after a win.

"They’re feeling really good, they got to eat with their parents and all their friends and everyone’s saying ‘Good game,’ and then you tell ’em how bad they stink. Trust me, you knock ’em back off their pedestal really quick.”

On Sundays Weis compiles ten good and ten bad plays into cut-ups to share with the team.

“I take the offense and I make a good-play / bad-play tape. Every game I’ll watch about 20 plays, 10 good ones and 10 bad ones. After a win, I always show the bad ones first. I say, ‘Yeah, you think you’re good, well let’s watch this pile of crap.’”

“Everyone’s telling you how bad you were, so let’s look at these 10 plays from the game. ‘Remember this one? Remember this one?" After a loss, you show ’em the good plays to bring ’em back to ‘OK, it’s not as bad as it all seems.’”

Weis explains the process for his quarterbacks as well.

“The first thing he gets is every play in the game. Then he gets it broken down into good plays in the run, good plays in the pass, bad plays in the run, bad plays in the pass, and, yes, (he) can get a minus (grade) on a running play, even though you’re just handing it off. Because if you don’t carry out your fake, it’s a minus.”

“When you have the clicker in your hand, it’s easy to nitpick because you can see every little thing,” Weis noted of the power that comes with holding the remote.

Cincinnati's red helmets

New matte red helmets for the Bearcats (photo was tweeted by David Pollack of ESPN who is in town to cover tomorrow night's game vs. Pitt).

These look pretty sharp.


David Yost: "It's fun to game-plan against good defenses"

Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost is really looking forward to their first SEC game against Georgia.

Part of the reason for that involves the challenge of calling a game against a defense with talent like the Bulldogs, led by a defensive coordinator like Todd Grantham. Last season, Georgia finished with a top 5 defense.

Yost knows he's going to get multiple looks from Grantham throughout the game.

"It's fun to game-plan against good defenses. It's fun to game-plan against good defensive coordinators that you know are going to keep bringing stuff at you. You know what you see on the first drive isn't what you're going to see all game. They're going to keep pulling stuff out, so you've got to constantly be on your toes."

"Just because it doesn't work doesn't mean it isn't good, or just because it does work doesn't mean it's going to work against everybody either. There's always little things. We're going to try and put wrinkles in and give them looks and try to put our kids in the best position to be successful."

Yost plans on showing up prepared and just continuing to "do what they do."

"We believe in what we do. We believe we can do what we do against anybody we play against. So there's always that factor. Then it becomes a situation where now you've got to go do it. All the talk's done. Saturday night, when the game's over, they'll be able to judge what we're attempting to execute and what doesn't work and what we have to get better at, too."

Leach: The run game is like horse racing, you want value

After struggling in the run game against a senior heavy BYU defensive line (gaining -5 yards on 16 attempts), Mike Leach was asked after practice yesterday if he had a specific target in mind for rushing yardage.

After pointing out that yards per carry is a more important statistic to him, and that they led conferences in that statistic during many of his previous coaching stops, Leach noted that they want good value out of run plays, similar to betting on horses.

Makes sense.