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Without giving full disclosure I can say that coaching has been my vocation for going on 20 years. I love studying the craft of coaching despite what ball is used. The building blocks of success transcend a specific sport so even though I'm not a football coach I enjoy hearing coaches discuss their philosophies.
That being said I can fully understand why Saban feels somewhat trapped by his own success. The fun part of the journey is getting to the top and overcoming the challenge of "getting there." The ability to "Stay there" is a totally different animal. You can never rest, never enjoy the fruits of your labors because when you look down from atop the mountain you can see the armies of enemies that are making their own journey to throw you off the pinnacle you worked so hard to attain. So its always on to the next game, next recruit, next assistant coach to replace, next team, next problem. To sit still and bask in your glory is like giving a head start to someone you are trying to beat in a race. When you are the driving force behind the process you forfeit the right to enjoy the parade, the confetti, the hoisting of the trophy. Those moments are for the fans, the players and for those who have time to stand still.
Because of this a coach has to ask himself this question:
1) Do I enjoy the process of climbing the mountain more than getting to the top?
For Saban the answer is yes. So now he faces some issues. Do I find a new mountain to conquer or do I stay here atop this mountain and fend off those who are trying to unseat me? His clock is ticking and father time shows no mercy...if he is to experience the thrill of "getting there" one more time, it will have to be sooner rather than later. Otherwise he has only 2 choices: Stay and continue the process or retire and relinquish your throne.
So what is the "flaw" of Saban's process? The flaw is that you can't truly enjoy what you have accomplished until you step aside and have the time to sit back and reflect on your journey. "The process" cant be enjoyed until it comes to an end. One day the victories will be sweeter, the wins more fulfilling....But that day isn't today...nor will it be tomorrow. Today is reserved for the next game, the next recruit, the next problem...
Here's to hoping that he can continue on for a while longer...but if he can't I can totally understand why. Roll Tide...
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While I respect the sentiment, I politely disagree. I think football is more of a yearly race to be run. What Saban tries to do is to always focus on running the race, rather than focus on winning. The problem is that it's hard to get up for a race you've won before, and even harder to get others up for it, but he doesn't get to stay atop the mountain fending off others. The challenge is that you restart each year, just being able to keep a bit of what got you there with you each time. I think he is more focused on the challenge of running the race, rather than the joy of winning, and I think that's the key to why he stays. Subtle difference, but I think an important one.
With that said, the real "problem" to me is that most people don't enjoy the process. And it isn't something that can necessarily be instilled, either. Our success will always be limited by our ability to find athletes who love the challenge of competing the way Saban does.
In some ways I agree. If you believe the only thing Saban is doing is a step by step model to obtain the next goal. I am certainly guilty of that process in my life. However, I seem to see a coach in interviews that is more relaxed and comfortable than he has ever been in his career. I wonder if he has not found satisfaction in something besides wins and losses. Some way to conquer the high expectations of Alabama with a standard that he personally defines. I do not listen to the comments made by his wife in a negative way. I think she was trying to say her husband is motivated and has a purpose beyond enjoying wins.
That being said, if Coach Saban ever decides that this is not in his best interest anymore, I would want him to leave. Leave before it buried him and crushed everything he has built. He does not owe Alabama anything. As fans, we owe him everything. He has set something in place that we have been craving since the early nineties. I would actually love for him to choose his future and leave Alabama on top. It will happen one day, it is just interesting what his next move might be. Roll Tide!
"Nobody makes me bleed my own blood, nobody!"
This is just a frothy way of describing burnout. But some people don't burnout. did Jack Nicklaus burn out? Coach Bryant? John Wooden? John Elway? Peyton Manning. extraordinary people can and do remain at the top of their profession for years without burning out. Nick Saban is extraordinary. Therefore I am not worried about the pressure that might get to normal people getting to him.
Totally disagree. Remember, the process is, well, a process that doesn't end ("this is beginning, not the end"). Saban made that clear 6 years ago. It's not about winning a championship, it's following the process every day, every year to be a champion, to get better. You don't win a championship or two or three and that's it (unless you are retiring).
All this nonsense is crazy. Saban is now into his 60's. People tend to appreciate things more as they get older. Stop trying to analyze every word he says and make it into something it's not. Good grief.
"Calm the @#&% down!!!" - Saban
This post was edited by GhostTide 19 months ago
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I agree. I think he enjoys the process so its about what you do each day not the end result. He said last summer he's trying to go on a Chicago Bulls (when Jordan was there) or a UCLA (John Wooden), or a Yankees type run. Success can breed success. Winners win or they can sit on their ass and talk about their last win.
One more thing I would add which would be different than anything we've heard from him or the media. He has a chance to unseat CPB as the greatest ever by winning 7. He'll have 4 this year (assuming we beat ND) and will have a better team probably next year. 2-3 of CPB's were split and none of CNS's are. So, just matching 6 would be considered better by a lot of fans and media. That would make him not only the current era king of the hill but immortalize him as the king of the hill of all time CFB coaches.
I'm only 32,but did the bear have these problems?did the bear not enjoy it enough or looking for the next mountain to climb?can some wiser members school a young buck like me.
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