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We're waiting for the Crimson Tide players to arrive. Representing the defense are Kirby Smart, Damion Square, Nico Johnson, C.J. Mosley, Dee Milliner and Robert Lester.
One of the eyebrow-raising moments from the Notre Dame offensive players,who already had their turn, was the running back say that judging by the A&M tape they can exploit the Tide's secondary.
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Tyler Eifert on the Alabama defense: "They're not perfect. They're not supermen. They're a really good defense but they have weaknesses too."
Meanwhile, offensive coordinator Chuck Martin and quarterback Everett Golson were playing up the underdog role, and how because everyone doubted them they have a big chip on their shoulders.
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Notre Dame wide receiver TJ Jones on people saying the BCS Championship should be Alabama-Oregon: "It's a little frustrating. We're 12-0 and people still don't give us credit."
(I wonder if anyone mentioned that Alabama is here instead of Oregon and not Notre Dame).
This shows a huge difference in Bama and everyone else. You would never hear our team say a team is not perfect and that they have weaknesses. Respect is all we give no matter who we play.
We need their players to keep talking. Please
Martin: "If you want to get demoralized as a Notre Dame fan, watch the Alabama third-and-7-plus tape."
They're bringing the Alabama guys from South Beach, while we're in Fort Lauderdale, thus the delay, but Alabama has arrived and we're about to start.
I don't find any fault with that description.
Like yesterday, I'm in the room with the coordinator since this is our only access all season ...
First question is why Smart is on the field instead of on the press conference. Not a great start here.
Square asked about Martin's demoralized comment. Answer was I don't know, we just do what we need to. Smart says any offensive coordinator wouldn't be happy in third-and-long.
Saban question and play-calling: I have become who I have become because of Nick Saban, Smart said. The play-calling is his responsibility.
Running back question: Smart said Riddick has one-step quickness. "The two dudes are fast." Notre Dame runs a lot of the same plays with the running backs as LSU.
Smart: Eifert a special player. People don't give him enough credit as a blocker. He makes you change what you do. They do a great job of getting him the ball.
Smart: Golson is playing with a lot more confidence. Has grown a lot. We expect them to let him do some more since they've had such a nice long break.
Square: A quarterback extending plays is a big weapon.
Smart: That's how they made a lot of their big plays.
Interesting comment by Smart, one of the reasons Alabama says its a 3-4 defense is for recruiting. You can get more linebackers and other positions that way. Alabama plays probably 20 percent in its base, but the way teams play it does a lot more nickel and dime.
I think he described how our d has played all year. I guess I am used to our players never saying a team has a weakness. Look at our comments from the press conf. Compared to some of ND.
Smart gets the coaching question - says the same thing as last year, "I have the best non-head coaching job in the country" and he's not in a hurry to leave.
I stuck my head in next door for a moment. Surprised to see Robert Lester getting the most attention.
Chris, please you or someone ask Smart about the RB's comments on the weakness of our secondary.
Smart: Jesse Williams a unique player - had to learn a lot when he got here. Fast, really strong.
Do ways of doing it. Neither is right or wrong. His answer is very honest.
How similar is the college program you run compared to an NFL team? Smart said it's similar but you have to do a lot more with development because so many guys leave each year.
Smart goes out of his way to say that he enjoyed his stay in Miami.
Couldn't agree more. There's no need to say anything other respect. Don't be stupid. Sanders Commings and Bacarri Rambo look like idiots right now after getting gashed for 350-plus yards rushing with their "better" defense. Don't know you don't just pay respect or say nothing at all.
It's probably true that ND isn't getting as much respect as they should, but not from our guys. Just silly.
Funny with the underdog statement. The only national people to make them the underdog is Vegas odds makers. ESPN has hyped them like crazy even though many analysts pick Bama
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