Posted: 8:32 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013
By Slice of Life
Saban addressed the media Saturday afternoon following the conclusion of the Tide's second spring scrimmage. Despite what one might have been predicted given the statistical slant favoring the offense, the defensive mastermind was more complimentary of the offense than negative towards the defense. Saban specifically mentioned the positive play by AJ, the offensive line, the receivers and the running game (bestest offesne evarr, y'all).
Saban also seemed to reinforce that some of the defensive shortfallings could be attributed to the absence of some experienced personnel (Xzavier Dickson was out with a bruised knee, and Trey DePriest is out with a broken foot) and the resulting presence of some relatively green personnel. These mitigating factors were clearly enough to cause Saban to be a bit forgiving of the defense's performance. Despite the measure of understanding afforded the defense, Saban did specifically mention that tackling and being more assignment sound were areas that needed improvement.
Special teams were generally good today.
I'll update this post with an embedded copy of the press conference as soon as it gets posted. In the meantime, here's a link to the video: LINK