BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Nick Saban has led Alabama to an 8-0 record so far this season as the Tide enter their off week as the number one team in the country, but Saban isn’t sure if this is the best time for Alabama to take a break.
“After eight straight games and four really tough games in the SEC, probably mentally and physically, it’s probably a good time for us to have a bit of a break,” Saban said. “We’ll see how we respond to it, we’ll see how we react. Certainly can’t fall in love with what you’ve done in the past.”
The bye week will give the Crimson Tide a chance to look at their best options to replace Eddie Jackson after the defensive back fractured his leg against Texas A&M Saturday.
“We want to talk to some of our players today,” Saban said. “The good news is is Eddie is going to be fine. This is not going to be something that’s going to affect his career in any kind of a way, shape or form.
“This is going to be something that somebody else has to take the bull by the horns now and be a little more responsible for and it’ll just be an opportunity for another player.”
Eddie Jackson was responsible for three of Alabama’s twelve non-offensive touchdowns this season, a number that even Saban can’t believe at this point.
“You always try to get the ball on defense and attack the ball, but to turn them into touchdowns like is this probably something that you don’t expect,” Saban said. “As a defensive player, you’re always saying, ‘Man, I’d like to score a touchdown. You know, I’d love to score on defense.’
“For this team to be able to do what they’ve done kind of illustrates the kind of playmakers that we have. Guys that strip balls, guys that are athletic enough and fast enough to do something with it after they get it.”
You can check out the video of Nick Saban’s full availability with the media at the top of the page to hear his comments on Mack Wilson’s hit, Tony Brown, and more on Alabama’s secondary.