From Cecil Hurt:
If you’ve listened closely during Saban’s tenure, you know this is the truth. During Saban’s early years at Bama, the team struggled to maintain intensity, especially on offense for entire games. During the last couple of years, there’s been a struggle to keep the gas pedal down to keep up with certain teams.
The Jim McElwain offensive era sparkled primarily because the team won three national championships. Don’t forget the 9-6 loss to LSU in 2011 came on his watch. Last year’s team, in particular, seemed to under perform based on the offensive talent that it had. That’s why, in my humble opinion, why last year’s offensive coordinator isn’t this year’s offensive coordinator.
This year, it appears, many of the problems have been solved with the addition of Lane Kiffin. Many think he earned the job during bowl practice last season when he diagnosed several of the offense’s problems. Then the Tide went out and stunk it up in New Orleans. Then there was a spot to fill on the staff, and he filled it.
For the most part, I’m sold on Kiffin as a coordinator. The offensive success so far – especially against Florida, leads one to believe that the guy can coach. I don’t care who you are playing, when you can rack up points and yards as the team has done this year, that’s definitely a good sign. When you can use the vast talent on the team in a plethora of ways, that’s definitely a good sign. And when you can take what the defense gives you and beat them over the head with it, that’s a good sign.
There are more tests to come, though. The season is only a third over and bigger, more important games to come. There are still challenges. But for now, Saban has what he’s wanted: an offensive coordinator that will open it up.