Nick Saban tells reporters that he is not happy with his players’ first scrimmage

Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban fields questions from the media during Alabama pro day at the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility. (Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports)

Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban told reporters that he did not see the intensity he was hoping for during his team’s first scrimmage of the year. (Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports)

In the “not at all surprising department,” Alabama coach and resident championship-winning robot Nick Saban was not happy with the Crimson Tide’s first scrimmage of the season.

“For the first scrimmage of the spring, we’re not where we’d love to be or like to be,” Saban said, via “We’ve got a lot of work to do, a lot of work to do with a lot of guys. It all starts with guys being able to sustain the kind of mental intensity you need to have to be a good football player, especially when things get a little bit tough.

“(We) just don’t have the mental toughness we need with enough guys to sustain things.”

Not only does Saban expect perfection out of his players, but he needs it. There was simply no other way to win two straight national titles, and without perfection there is no way his team will pull off the three-peat come fall.

Besides, what else is the guy supposed to say?

‘Well, you know, I think we looked great; LSU can pretty much jut put ‘Loss’ next to this game for ’em, and Johnny Football in Week 2 probably won’t make it out of the first quarter — we’re that physically tough and ready for the season right now’.

Not going to work, but what about this?

‘F— the world, we’re goin’ to the championship fo shizz!’

Probably not that, either.

So, yes, Saban expressed his disappointment following his team’s Spring scrimmage, but don’t read too much into it.

Unless you are a current member of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. In that case, work harder. Much harder.

Bama then and now: Check out AJ McCarron and Mal Moore in matching No. 10 uniforms