Nick Saban's comments on Jameson Williams, one of the freshmen on special teams,
The Tide have only one loss and are now No. 5 in the nation, but the remaining six regular-season games have taken on a different meaning for them.
Saban spoke Wednesday morning about how his team must respond from the edge of the cliff, and the Alabama coach addressed reporters again Wednesday evening ahead of Saturdays game against Mississippi State.
Here are the highlights:
Saban said he's trying to highlight players "responding the right way" after the loss, and they've done a great job. If you dont create any value for Alabama, you also don't make any income for yourself. He said the final five minutes of Saturdays game were not what they needed to be.
Saban said that every game in Starkville has been "really, really difficult" referring to the cowbells, and that Mississippi State is playing well this season.
Saban said when asked about the leadership of his team this season compared to last season, "every organization needs leadership" -- and as much as he can talk about it as coach, it always gets reinforced if there's "peer intervention." He stated that they want to continue developing that.
Saban said when asked about preparation for Mississippi State's tendency toward passing, "you have to change to thinking you have time to stop the pass on each down." A lot of their passes are short and controlled, he added, so breaking on the ball and tackling well is critical. Its a little different mindset that your team has to have, and your signal caller, he added. But thats the way we practiced all week, and the players should be getting it, she added.
Jameson Williams has provided a spark, Saban said, and he has "done exceptionally well" and is regarded as securing stance on every play. Saban believes Williams performed extremely well against Texas A&M. Saban said that hes added a lot of things. Our receivers have got to be consistent in the way we play -- we cant afford to miscommunicate, we cannot afford not to drop balls, and hes been a real positive influence for us.
Saban says he always has competitive fire because 'he respects what it takes to win'. I try to get the players to respond to it, he added. When players dont play well, they don't create value for themselves or the team, he added.
Saban: We made too many mental errors. Didn't tackle well before the game. I think all that starts with your mindset. Texas A&M was as difficult as a competitive environment, he added.
Saban: I'm proud in my performance, not only for the defense, but for a whole team. Its very frustrating when the team doesnt play well, because itll be my responsibility. He added that he is a perfectionist and it is "tough" when things don't go the way .
Saban said that improving begins with having a positive attitude and persevering through tough times. When you do that, you develop a greater capacity to do it, he added, adding that physical capacity follows. Its like blowing up a balloon, he said.
Drew Sanders is not available for comment this week, according to Saban, but he isn't available to speak to this person. He is practicing in pads, but it isn't safe to use his hands yet.
JaCorey Brooks blocked a punt and worked on special teams, Saban said, but Brook is one of the real positive freshmen who have played in that phase and understand the value of that role. A lot of other guys dont take it seriously, Saban said. But hes done an outstanding job for us. He loves to play. Hes a really good competitor. He likes to play. We also need more guys on our team who are able to contribute.
"We need for our younger guys to be playing on special teams so a lot of the older guys who are playing more plays in the game dont have to play, because those guys are really good special team players," Saban stated. Josh Jobe, Jordan Battle, and Brian Robinson are among the players mentioned. Saban said, They served their time. Theyre now playing a bigger role and playing all the time, so we need other players to understand.
Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mikerodak.