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Saban didn't want Greg Mattison to see anything new. Read how Saban described it.
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It's no different from UM's side. Mattison and Borges kept it very vanilla as well. We only saw Denard for one series. It's coaches being coaches.
Agreed. Mattison stated he only called 4 or 5 defenses. Our deepest pass was a rollout by Denard to Roundtree, that I remember at least.
Let me make this easy for you guys. Saban is going to play his 3-4 and give all 7 people a pre-read of two gaps and then on snap will have all 7 take a one gap responsibility. he does this to use both safeties in coverage and he puts athletes on the outside. It doesn't matter what presnap games you're going to run, he has athletes on the outside and they'll get up field and get nasty or take a flat right now and make life miserable for any qb that wants to check down.
At snap when his first seven have only a one gap responsibility, his safties are left free to play defense if they want, or he can shove one up your rear if he chooses. Obviously it's easier with the athletes he has, but if he sends a safty or corner, you better have both an experienced oline, and some backs that can read blitzes. However, in a passing down, especially agains tthe mini spreads his db's are able to play pass coverage adn they always do it well. There is no mystery to his defense he could write it on paper for you and you get what he's been using.
As far as offense, he's going to run block you and go basick pro-sets. No mystery there either. They might have switiched coordinators, but I'll eat my hat if you see one different wrinkle in his offense. Hiding stuff? No way, he just plays it straight up. He has that advantage of playing it with great athletes though.
The article discussed Bama's offense, not the defense.
Edit: My bad, with you dissecting the defense, I missed your take on the offense at the end.
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Nick Saban is going to be Nick Saban, regardless of who the coordinator is. It's not like he's going to come out in the spread and try to put up 50. Much like D.Wags...I'll be shocked if the offensive looks really any different than it always has.
I think Greg Mattison is smart enough and experienced enough to do his own thing. I doubt he watched Bama's Spring Game hoping they would release their plays. He will do his own thing, and do it well.
His half time adjustments this year were pretty amazing, he is a great DC end of story.
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