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Ranking Nick Saban’s Teams at Alabama

NICK SABAN’s best teams which he has had while he has been at Alabama….you may be wondering? Yes, there are a few. I will briefly describe, in my own respected opinion, what these may have been….and we begin.

I begin with a quote on this one of a kind leader. As do all other leaders from time to time, this one has lovers and haters. Let us have a brief look:

“He’s won 100 games, four national titles and he’s actually smiling after his latest title.Try picking his best team. It’s tough. About the only thing certain when ranking his Alabama teams is which one was the worst — his first one in 2007. That team finished 7-6. Every other one of his teams has won at least 10 games….”
(http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/list/ranking-alabama-teams-under-nick-saban-championships-derrick-henry-mark-ingram-amari-cooper-trent-richardson/pdkwjfn6u8lf11gw2lsvwov1b, pg. 1)

LSU? NO. NOT ON MY WATCH. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, YES.
His rides at LSU were among the worst from what I have seen, absolutely cutting him off from the top of the top and being the very best in college football during this time. He continues to be an American football leader and coach today despite his many wins and losses, ups and downs. This itself serves as a true and living testimony to all of the good things which may come in time due to faithful and true perseverance at best. This also lies at the heart of real football, which is most important to note.

COACH SABAN has gone to the championships in 2003, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015 respectively. Just getting that far can serve as a true milestone of success for anyone. Not every can get that far, to the very championships. Not every one does, as we know. He led the teams of the Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide at these particular times, pushing his players to remember the key aspects which make or break a team….and which make each and every single one of them a success to all the rest. They had to believe it for themselves first. In a sense, he pushed the team players, and the rest was up to them. This was key to their advancement.

THE LOW DOWN? WELL, YOU ASKED FOR IT.
Here is a bit more back ground information on this one of a kind man, leader, coach, and family guy:
“He became the first coach in college football history to win a national championship with two different Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools since the inception of the AP Poll in 1936. Saban and Bear Bryant are the only coaches to win an SEC championship at two different schools.In May 2013…” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Saban, pg. 1, para. 2, section 2)

As we can see, there is always more to things than meets the eye. It is no different here. This man has a back story which have driven him to where he has gone…..a series of life decisions made which have in turn molded his successes, so to speak.

MR. SABAN has also been an assistant coach for the NCAA DIVISION 1. 2007 itself was not such a bad year when he coached the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. In fact, he appears to have finished the year with a 7-6.

What is also worth noting is the fact that the following year, though counted as highly unsuccessful and uneventful for him and his team, did yield many learning lessons and positive results. For one, it opened other doors for him….in addition to him continuing to receive many awards for COACH OF THE YEAR. This does not come to just any one.

Nick Saban’s 50 Best Players of All Time

Who are Nick Sabans Top-50 All-time Players? 

It is impossible to have a discussion about college football in 2016 without bringing up Nick Saban, arguably the greatest coach that the game has ever seen. While currently working on a 200-60-1 all-time career record in the college game, Saban has amassed five national championships and produced two Heisman Trophy winners. His accolades include a two-time National Coach of the Year according to the Associated Press as well as the three-time SEC Coach of the Year. Moreover, his coaching tree extends to include Jason Garrett, Mark Dantonio, and Jimbo Fisher.

Sabans legacy has produced dozens of NFL talent on both sides of the ball, which has sparked the conversation of who his greatest players of all-time are. Despite Saban jumping around at the beginning of his coaching career and even notching a short stint in the NFL, the Fairmont, West Virginia native has been a model of consistency since his first hire at the University of Toledo in 1989. From power running backs to shutdown defensive lineman, Nick Saban has consistently found a way to identify and develop the top talent in the country. And without further ado, here are the top 50 to ever put on a uniform for Coach Nick Saban:

50-41

50. Skyler Green
49. Greg McElroy
48. James Carpenter
47. Ike Reese
46. Derrick Mason
45. A’Shawn Robinson
44. Dee Milliner
43. Domanick Davis
42. Robaire Smith
41. Javier Arenas


40-31

40. D.J Fluker
39. Amp Campbell
38. Stephen Peterman
37. Eddie Lacy
36. Michael Clayton
35. Dre Kirkpatrick
34. Mike Johnson
33. T.J. Yeldon
32. Antoine Caldwell
31. Cyrus Kouandijo

30-21

30. Marcell Dareus
29. Ben Wilkerson
28. Chad Lavalais
27. Landon Collins
26. Bradie James
25. Chance Warmack
24. Marcus Spears
23. Ha Ha Clinton- Dix
22. Rashad Johnson
21. Ryan Kelly
20-11

20. Andre Smith
19. Josh Reed
18. Corey Webster
17. Flozell Adams
16. Reggie Ragland
15. Courtney Upshaw
14. Julio Jones
13. AJ McCarron
12. Dont’a Hightower
11. Julian Peterson

Top 10

10. Trent Richardson
Heisman Trophy finalist
NO. 3 overall selection in NFL draft
9. Plaxico Burress
NO. 8 overall selection in NFL draft
Super Bowl champion
8. Mark Barron
2x National Champion
NO. 7 overall selection in NFL draft
7. C.J. Mosley
National Champion
SEC Defensive Player of the Year
6. Rolando McClain
National Champion
SEC Defensive Player of the Year
5. Derrick Henry
Heisman Trophy winner
National Champion
4. Terrence Cody
Three consecutive Consensus All- American selections
National Champion
3. Barrett Jones
Rimington Award winner
4.0 GPA
2. Mark Ingram
Heisman Trophy winner
National Champion
1. Amari Cooper
Biletnikoff Award winner
NO.4 overall selection in NFL draft

As you can see, Coach Saban has been a staple of consistency throughout his years at the helm, and has produced some of the most recognizable NFL players in today’s football scene. Whether it was patrolling the sidelines at Michigan State or dominating the SEC as he currently does at Alabama, Sabans ability to prepare players for success at the next level is one that is perhaps unmatched by another other football coach in NCAA history. In my opinion his most promising disciple, Amari Cooper, has the potential to be an elite wide out for the next decade in the NFL as his rookie season has already drawn attention.