Saban Declares War on Depth Charts: ‘You’ll Think I’m Crazy’

Nick Saban was performing one Saturday night.

Fresh off a 55-0 win over Utah State, the Crimson Tide coach was ready for a few rounds of oral chess at the press conference.

Biggest loser: the depth chart.

Bottom line: they may be gone too.

Six days after the coveted depth chart was distributed, the boiling point was reached after some questions about starters and rotations. It has become more valuable in recent years. The sheets distributed Monday were our first look at where the players will be heading into the week in Utah outside of videos and photos distributed through UA Athletics.

After a question about the rotation of cornerbacks, Saban was asked about Javion Cohen starting at right guard when Emil Equiyor was listed as a starter on the depth chart.

“You guys need to get off the depth chart a bit,” Saban said, concluding. “Forget who started and who didn’t. Emil missed his five days of practice before the game and only practiced two days. We wanted him to play in the game. But he hadn’t practiced much, so he didn’t want to play much.

“So Emile is still the starting right guard.”

It solved.

And a depth chart? RIP, probably.

“My biggest problem, this may be the last time, but my biggest problem with the whole team was the day the depth chart came out,” Saban said. “So you may have seen the last one. And that’s not all… I envision 7 or 8 players who can win on the offensive line.

Saban stopped.

“You’ll think I’m crazy,” he concluded.

Opening Monday has long been known as Depth Chart Day, as it determines who Alabama will start and who will back up. The four co-starters traded series in the first quarter as positions such as cornerback remained volatile.

When asked about it, he was ready to spar.

“Have you ever said you won’t do it?” Saban said. “What led me to believe that? I said there is competition in the corners. So what have I ever said to lead you to believe that they all won’t be in the game?” Falcon?”

Saban blocked the attempted response.

“As much as you were surprised that they were all in the game, I am also curious. I said I don’t know, so I played them all in the game to see who plays the best.

“So I’m curious to know why you’re surprised by it. I’m curious. You’re curious. We’re all curious.”

That led to questions about aggressive guards.

And now Alabama has turned its attention to its Week 2 trip to Texas, ahead of a 52-10 victory over ULM, against the Longhorn team that made headlines last week when they didn’t release their depth charts. .

Michael Casagrande is a reporter for Alabama Media Group. follow him on twitter @ByCasagrande or Facebook.

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