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Have arrived in Atlanta and the Georgia Dome (with a quick stop at Sonny's -- guilty pleasure) and the coaches have a press conference call and photo op with the trophy.
Saban will be first in about 15 minutes.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
The setup ...
pics are sideways....gotta go with the landscape, smh....rookie
... and we're now behind schedule. No surprise.
Honor to be here ... one of best competitive venues there is in the country - best i've been in outside of the national championship
(he basically says the same thing he did on Monday, giving credit to everyone at the school, etc.)
How hard is it to be undefeated?
Very difficult nowadays especially when you play in a league like this. Consistency and performance are the keys. A lot of external factors came come into play with players.
If not have a lot of big games, and not play well, you don't have a chance to be successful. Just about every team in our division was a quality opponent.
When become outcome oriented you become tentative.
When you run for a gold medal, you're running for a time - run a good race, play a good game, that has to be the focus.
Ha ... "Just about" ...
Murray question about avoiding pass-rush - you can do it with four guys. If you don't, or can't, a good quarterback is going to have the time to find open receivers and go through his progressions.
When you start rushing more, it's more feast or famine.
update??? geez christopher
The pressure on us is just to play well ... that's the challenge. We're playing against a very good team. If you prepare well you can live with the outcome better.
We expect to go to the SEC Championship game and be successful if we're going to play for something else.
I've been in this game three times at Alabama and each time it was a playoff game.
Q about progress through the season
Knew young players stepping into different roles would be critical. What's been most pleasing is how the team has bought in and really worked hard.
Georgia's D - a lot of good players, experienced players, really good team speed. Some really good pass-rushers. All in all Todd Grantham has done a really good job developing the D. Very well coached and we're going to have to do a very good job of executing on offense if we're going to have success.
Turnovers forced more execution or a mistake?
Usually both. Always a critical factor.
Improvement over season - both teams responded extremely well to the difficulty of the season, (i.e. a loss). Our team more attention to detail, which we had early in the season.
Question from British reporter about how LSU game affected the A&M game.
We played three top 15 teams right in a row. We didn't pay our best game at LSU - had game-winning drive, emotional win, and didn't respond well the next week. It had some affect.
Question about getting back here.
Saban talks about the process, and how it's an annual thing -
The other side of that is that people respond to negative things more than positive.
He goes into a Michael Jordan thing talking about the most important shot is always the one he's about to take. It's challenging.
What will decide the game?
Probably who executes down in, down out. Thats how most games are decided.
Was there a disappointment in not being here last year?
I don't think there's any doubt in that.
Saban asked about emotion -
Uses a boxing analogy - emotions in the first round won't help you in the 15th round. It's important, but it's more competitive character and attitude that can be sustained for 60 minutes.
Why would anyone waste their time asking that question?? Who would be happy missing out on playing for the SEC Title??
Saban closes by saying that despite the perception that he doesn't like media - it's not true. Has an appreciation, and gives a special thanks.
That's it for now ...
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