Nick Saban Reflects On National Title Game Loss With Blunt Comments

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Alabama coach Nick Saban isn’t running from the brutal loss to Georgia in the national title game.

The Crimson Tide lost to the Bulldogs 33-18 in the national title game, and Saban isn’t afraid to admit what went wrong.

“I think that we weren’t able to finish. One of the things you have to do to be a great competitor is when things don’t go well in a game, you’ve always got to be able to hit your chest, recenter, refocus your energy so you can play the next play,” Saban said during a Wednesday appearance on ESPN, according to On3.

Nick Saban reflects on losing to Georgia in the national title game. (Photo by Jeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

He also dived deeper and added, “And being ahead, 18-13, with 10 minutes to go in the game, and then giving up what, 21 points or something in the final 10 minutes of the game, was really, really disappointing.”

However, Alabama players are using the devastating loss to Georgia as some serious motivation going into the 2022 campaign.

Alabama coach Nick Saban talks losing to Georgia in the national title game. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

“But I think players remember their disappointment. Which can used as a really positive motivator, I think, for the future. And hopefully that will help us this year and doing the things we need to do to have success,” Saban explained when discussing the loss.

Alabama enters the 2022 season with high expectations. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Now, Saban and the top-ranked Crimson Tide open the 2022 season in just nine days, and, once again, Alabama’s roster is loaded with talent.

Bryce Young is the defending Heisman winner and Will Anderson might be the best defensive player in the country.

Will Alabama be the best team in America during the 2022 season? (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Expectations are unbelievably high in Tuscaloosa, and fans expect Nick Saban to bring another championship home. On paper, there’s no doubt Alabama can get it done, and Saban’s brutal honesty about the loss to Georgia goes to show he’s leaving no stone unturned when it comes to improving.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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