But its offense of late has proven quite capable of matching teams that find ways to score against the Tide defense such as last year's national championship game, a 45-40 victory over Clemson.
Our coverage of Coach Saban's remarks regarding Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones is here. The district attorney elected not to pursue the case, which included felony charges against Robinson involving possession of a stolen firearm. You know coach Saban is not going to do anything to the detriment of the team.
Alabama fans, many of whom were one floor below in the hotel lobby, surely were encouraged by Saban's latest tirade.
"It's going to be a challenge for us to be able to replace some of the depth that we had in terms of the specialty players that we had previous year", Saban said. Over time, they have been able to get away with some things that other schools can not.
"There are just a lot of reasons why there weren't charges brought against these guys".
"Now do we condone the behavior, no". Citing the need to eliminate players' entourages and potential agents giving them life advice, Saban wants the National Football League to begin looking at players before they begin their junior seasons, then issuing an evaluation when the season is over.
Saban bristled when it was suggested by the SEC Network's Paul Finebaum that he will be widely criticized if the players are not suspended.
"There were four people in the auto", Saban said. Bates told The Advertiser following Saban's comments that when LSU is mentioned to the arresting police officer, he "throws up in his mouth". They're aspiring to develop a career as a football player that maybe they can play in the NFL someday and they want to have success in college. So, there's some players that as far back as when I played that decide at some point in their college career that it's not worth it to them.
The conversation didn't end there either.
The team enters the 2016 season with a different starting quarterback for the fourth straight time, but they will certainly be able to acclimate to the new guy behind center.
The quarterbacks trying to win that job are sophomore Blake Barnett, Jalen Hurts and Cooper Bateman.
That's not to say Alabama's offense is rushing to get to the line of scrimmage and snap the ball as soon as possible. "Somebody's got to win that job". You know, that has not necessarily happened yet, and I'm not going to sit up here and sort of try to, you know ... give you some statistics on who's winning the race and how the race is going and who's ahead, are they on the back stretch or in the final turn. "It doesn't come up in our program". Allen will be replaced by his younger brother - junior Austin Allen. "I mean, we just had that mentality of, like, we just weren't going to lose that game, so I mean just, we've just gotta have that all throughout the season, especially in the start and just not overlook anybody." says Jeremy Sprinkle.
-Arkansas has mostly been known as a blue-collar outfit under Bielema, which he acknowledged in a colorful way. We're just kind of a work in progress. First, we were - when I came into the program, I asked for a grade sheet. But when we do, we'll stop time. Translation: There is a better chance Smith ends up in Miami with Mark Richt than in Athens, Georgia, with Kirby Smart and Mel Tucker. "I know that I'm very, very excited about the University of Missouri".
I think our team knows thats a year ago, tight end O.J. Howard said.
Exclusively from a football standpoint, the Gators are lacking established playmakers, breaking in a new quarterback and could really use Callaway, who averaged 19.4 yards per catch last season. I just said it out there to some of the guys.