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Nick Saban stood up for Steve Sarkisian’s offense after Alabama lost to Clemson

Alabama made an unusual coaching change before Monday’s National Championship loss against Clemson. The Tide moved on from offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin a week before the game, with Kiffin leaving earlier than planned to take over as the head coach at Florida Atlantic. Enter new coordinator Steve Sarkisian, the former USC coach.

The results: 31 points and 376 yards of offense (5.7 per play) in a losing effort in a title-game rematch. Alabama’s had games both better and worse than that.

Here’ all Nick Saban had to say about his coordinator change at his postgame press conference:

I think the players handled it very well. I think we scored 31 points in the game, which I think was pretty good against a pretty good defense that actually shut out Ohio State last week. I think we had some drops. I think we had some tipped balls. I think there was things that we could have done better.

But I thought the preparation was good. I thought the organization was good, and I thought we gave our players a chance in this game to have success. Was it challenging? Yes. Did everyone involved handle it extremely well? Absolutely.

Source: SB Nation

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