With more than a quarter century under his belt lording over the sidelines, you’d think that Nick Saban would’ve seen and done it all. Alas, 2014 will bring something new for Saban: an offensive coordinator calling plays from the sidelines.
This year, with a new starting quarterback and new schemes, Saban sees Kiffin’s value being maximized by standing on the sidelines and coaching players face-to-face.
Per The Crimson White:
“Even though he felt more comfortable in the press box, I think that it is important that he is on the field because that is where he has the greatest impact and effect on the players,” Saban said.
As for play-calling, Saban plans to stay out of the way. He’ll make recommendations, but ultimately has faith in his staff to make the proper calls.
“My thing has always been that, as a play-caller, you have to let the guy have the rhythm of what he’s trying to do,” Saban said. “I had rather make my suggestions between series, not while we have the ball, and maybe say, ‘Look, they’re doing a lot of this. We thought they’d do that. Let’s make sure we get back to that.’ … I know that’s putting a lot of trust in another person, but that’s been the most effective way through the years for me as a head coach.”
As Douglas MacArthur once said:
“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”
Saban has the confidence and makes the macro decisions, but he has the wisdom to listen to others. And that is why he’s the $7-million man.