April 4, 2007

Spring Notebook: Getting down to business

The meet-and-greet portion of spring practice has officially ended. Now that the Crimson Tide players have gotten used to their new coaches, the team has begun focusing on preparing to take to the field for their first scrimmage action of the year this Friday. Head coach Nick Saban said that although scrimmages don't count in the win-loss columns, they are an important stage in getting his team ready for the future.

"Basically what we're doing is conditioning and creating new habits," Saban said. "It takes time and it's getting better all the time. It's not where we want it to be, I'm not disappointed in where it is but we need to do better."

"There comes a point when you have to let the players play. You want them to make the right calls and do everything right but the next step in evaluating the players is let them play. It makes players more responsible to have to decided things on their own without the coaches telling them what to do."

Saban said the scrimmage will feature a number of different scenarios to test his players.

"We'll have move-the-field type stuff, where we'll have continuous drives. We'll have situational stuff where we'll create some third downs and red zone situations. We'll have some two-minute drills."

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