Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts took a lot of people by surprise when he expressed disappointment with how Crimson Tide coaches have handled his competition with Tua Tagovailoa. I've talked to a lot of our team leaders. But as an extension of the Bill Belichick coaching tree Saban pretty much couldn't care less what a player thinks about how he handles things, or how said player might react to his words. The rhetoric will not have anything to do with who's the quarterback, "That will obviously be decided on the field by how people execute, how they do their job". Same parameters than before on who wins the team. And winning the team goes along with execution, leadership, players having confidence and belief. And that's not going to change.
"I don't really have any more to say about than that".
Hurts is 26-2 as a starter but then-freshman Tagovailoa replaced him in last year's national championship game and led a second-half rally against Georgia. It's not anything that has affected our team one way or another. Hurts called the situation "the elephant in the room".
"For me, no one came up to me the whole experience, coaches included", Hurts said Saturday. "No one asked me what was on my mind. Nobody asked me what my future held".
Saban, at least publicly, defended Hurts's outspokenness.
Saban on Jalen Hurts' comments: "Every player has a right to express what he thinks and he feels". "I think he has every right to do that with every coach in the organization that he has relationships with, which we certainly do quite often".
'Bama opens the season September 1 with a home game against Louisville.