After breaking down a few hours of Arkansas film, Nick Saban took time today to break down the cliché, “You’re only as strong as your weakest link.”
Saban explained, “I think our team will find that you really are only as strong as your weakest link, and I think everyone has got to fight a better fight against better competition. I think that’s the challenge for everyone in terms of doing their job. That quote about you are only as strong as your weakest link is usually talking about teams, but really you can say that about yourself. You’re only as strong as your weakest link so if you have a weakness you need to work on it, improve, get better at it, so you have a chance to get better. That should be everybody’s challenge here. On the road it is going to be a real critical test for our ability to overcome adversity and stay focused on the task at hand against a really good football team.”
Saban knows stopping the Razorbacks’ running game will be critical to his team’s success on Saturday.
“We have not played the run, in my opinion, as well as what I think we’re capable of, nor as well as we need to. We haven’t played it poorly, but it’s not just one guy and it’s not just one spot, it’s linebacker fits on the runs – now is it easier to fit the runs when you have guys up front that they have to take two guys to block for a long time? I don’t think there is any doubt about that and you can defend things a little bit differently. The run support hasn’t been what it needs to be on the perimeter at times. We’ve got to become a better tackling team.”
Kick-off from Razorback Stadium is set for 3:30 pm EST on CBS.