For those thinking something was wrong with the Tide chemistry-wise early this year, you were right:
“I didn’t like the chemistry of the team in the beginning of the season,” Saban said on his radio show Thursday night. “There was just something not right.”
It was a generational thing.
“The older guys and the younger guys weren’t cheehawing like you’d like for them to. The younger guys weren’t respecting the older guys like they should and the older guys probably didn’t care enough about the development of the younger guys.”
The article also tells us how Saban fixed the problem by improving communication within the team and with this:
“And the other thing I do, if a guy’s not doing what he’s supposed to do in practice and it’s really upsetting to some of the older players who are trying to do the right thing, I say ‘Look, you don’t have to practice today. Just go over there and stand in the box. Just go stand in the box. You don’t have to do anything. You don’t have to practice, you don’t have to up up-downs, you don’t have to do exercises. Just stand in the box and everybody out here’s going to know you’re not doing what you’re supposed to do.'”
How many have visited the box?
Two, Saban said without identifying them.
I’d like to know who spent practice lounging in the box. I’ve got a couple of guesses.