Alabama, Sweeney, Saks discussed on The Stephen A. Smith Show
It's so funny to hear all the people trying to make excuses and explanations and things that are just you know, what we were the best team simple as we were the best team. Thought we were the most talented team and that game this year. And that's all that matters. And these guys proved it it was kind of a drop the mic moment for those guys. So happy for our seniors. And we it was a dominant performance. I thought we were better in the trenches with they had zero sacks. We pressured their quarterback we we were able to get something going in the run game just enough. And then we felt like we had great matchups. Skill on skill and we had explosive plays or quarterback played great. He played great all year. I'm not sure why everybody was so worried about him all of a sudden turned into something that he wasn't. But from matchup standpoint, we felt like it was a great matchup for us, and you know, all year long. Everybody was this is the best Alabama team they've ever had. And so, you know, we were just the better team and played better made great plays one in the trenches. They had turn overs. We didn't we had. Saks? They we made big plays. They had not very many. We were good in the red zone. They weren't. And that's really what it comes down to and games like that. But I mean, they're a great team. But we were the best team this year. And you know, you shake Kansas told Nick afterwards. I said I'll see you next year because they're not going away. That'd be that'd be right back next year for sure and they've been unbelievable champion, but this particular team that we had here just so special from day one coach Sweeney educate me on this. You know, as you said everybody all year long was talking about Alabama put tick Uley when it came to its quarterback towards Hola and everybody was talking about tour as if he were invincible what is one thing for two to ask what coach says to the players to get them ready cetera. What did the players or what were the players saying to you leading into the national championship game? Monday night, just total confidence. I mean, we felt like we had the better team. And we felt like we matched up. Great. Great respect for them. Unbelievable defensive personnel offense it personnel to special. I mean, this really really special. But, but we we felt like we could we athletic in our front and could could create a little a little strain, and maybe disrupt their timing a little bit. You know, we went into the game, you know, kinda won't allow to them a little bit pre snap and give give to us some different looks and hopefully force a few mistakes. And and the first big pick six there was was, you know, a great call great well-designed coverage that with a pressure, look, but we really played cloud corner to the field, and and we were kind of fooling night there. And it was a big play for us. But our guys were confident. I mean, they they they've. Been that way all year this team. You gotta understand the makeup of this team. This was a very deep team when it comes to leadership. We're twenty six guys voted for captain, you know, that got boats for captain and thirty four guys that got votes for most inspirational player, so it was just a a unbelievable team. I've had a lot of great individual leaders over my time here, but this team the depth of leadership was special, and it was that way from from day one. And you know, they worked all year they kept their head down. They stay focused all year. Like, I said they they want thirteen in a game by twenty points or more. I thought we played very challenging schedule. And I think it prepare our league doesn't get the respect that it should. I mean, we've had read eleven bowl teams. But our league is very competitive and really prepares us propo- season every year year in year out and all you got to look at our postseason in 'cause we play people. We it's tough. Conference, and then we step out of conference and we play folks. And and then we get in the postseason. You know, we're we're usually at our best. And that's the way it was this year this leadership..