Nick Saban has never been one to, let’s say, be shy with the media. The Alabama head coach is one-of-a-kind both on and off the field so to speak and always speaks his mind.
Saban isn’t like Bill Belichick or Gregg Popovich who give barely one-sentence answers to the media 99% of the time, but when it comes to answering pretty boring or just bad questions Saban isn’t one to hold back.
Alabama will be without Tua Tagovailoa on Saturday as the Crimson Tide take on Arkansas after he suffered an ankle injury last week against Tennessee. The Heisman hopeful underwent successful surgery the day after Alabama’s win over Tennessee.
With Tagovailoa out, Alabama is set to turn to Mac Jones at quarterback with Tualia Tagovailoa – Tua’s younger brother – possibly seeing some action as well. It’s a unique situation with Tua being hurt and his younger brother sitting behind him on the depth chart, so naturally, a reporter asked Saban if Taulia could see the field against the Razorbacks.
It’s a simple and reasonable question that Saban decided to answer with a rather fiery rant.
He starts his answer pretty calmly, but when the hands start flying about 20 seconds in we should all know it’s time to buckle up for what is to come.
“We’re not assuming that it’s going to be an easy game, aight, and we’re not assuming that we’ll have an opportunity just to play anybody that wants play, to expedite anything except winning the game.
So we’re going to play everybody who can expedite winning the game! That’s what we’re going to do. So I don’t think anybody should expect us to do anything else.”
That’s certainly one way to answer the reporter’s question of ‘will there be an effort to get Taulia into the game just to expedite his progression?’
Saban then walked away from the podium following the rant.
It goes without saying, but we should all go ahead and take a moment of silence for Arkansas for what Alabama is going to do to them on Saturday even without its starting quarterback.
The Razorbacks are 2-5 on the year and haven’t won an SEC game since Oct. 28 of 2017.