It's true that the Alabama spring game left many walking away scratching their heads. There were nine turnovers? Seriously?
And they should.
But common sense will eventually trump immediate concern as we all look to find the positives in a less-than-impressive offensive output from the Tide.
Head coach Nick Saban won't likely admit it publicly, but after the dust settles, he will have been given the best gift of all on this day.
Saban's Tide is in the midst of what could go down in the history books as the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen. With three national championships in the last four years, Alabama is well on it's way to making that dream a reality.
As the Tide will likely open the 2013 season at or near the top of the national rankings, Alabama will once again find itself atop the hit list for every team it will face.
To be the best, you've got to beat the best, and that is what every SEC coach will preach to his squad as they circle their game with Alabama on the calendar next fall.
For Saban, the talent is there to win a third straight BCS title. The offensive play book and game plan are already established, as is the defensive strategy. He also has the experienced leadership necessary to make another title run.
The one thing Saban must stay on top of is the natural tendency of a young college kid to assume that another title is a given. See, this is something that kids do. Even though they already know better, they look ahead. They lose focus on the ultimate prize.
The most important thing that Saban will take away from the A-Day game is the footage.
While there were some fantastic individual plays and athletes who played very well, the overall performance was sloppy and lackluster.
Saban is the master of many things, among them the ability to get the most out of his players. He will search out each and every mistake made in Saturday's game and use it to teach his players.
Saban knows well that the spring game is just a small part of spring camp and that the result of the final scrimmage is not what makes camp successful or unsuccessful.
While the A-Day game surely caught many fans and supporters off guard, Nick Saban was given exactly what he wanted.
He will use the negatives to his advantage, just as he will build on the positives.
By the time fall camp rolls around a few seemingly endless months from now, the game's greatest active coach will know exactly what he needs to focus his attention on.
Recruiting season is over. Camp has come and gone. For the next three months, Saban and his staff will be evaluating and re-evaluating talent. They will add the video from A-Day to the endless reels of film already captured this spring and break it down in ways that most of us can't even comprehend.
As players work out during the offseason in Alabama's much-publicized state-of-the-art weight room, you can be assured that this film will find it's way onto the television screens. This game will be used as it should be used, as a tool.
The "Process," as Saban calls it, never ends. It is a conglomeration of everything that is Alabama football. From the weight room to the classroom, from the practice field to the game field, the "Process" is always watching. The "Process" is always working. The "Process" always knows.
It is the all-seeing eye, aka Nick Saban.
Yes, on this day Nick Saban was given exactly what he wanted. He was given yet another tool that he can use to ensure that his Crimson Tide will be more than ready to defend their national championship once again next fall.
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