Football games are supposed to be hard to win, but Alabama has had it so easy thus far that its upended the typical ecosystem in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide are off to a 4-0 start, winning by 37, 50, 55 and 22 points.
In fact, they're so far ahead of things in Alabama that Saban had to break out his annual "yell at the fans for leaving a blowout too early" rant at the fans two days before the Tide's home opener.
Alabama beat Arkansas State two days later, 57-7. I don't have pictures of Bryant-Denny Stadium, but I'm guessing the stands started to clear out before the final horn sounded.
And that brings us to Saturday. After the No. 1 Tide beat No. 22 Texas A&M 45-23, and without a ranked team on the schedule until Nov. 3, Saban sensed the deluged of praise headed his team's way and did his best to get in front of it.
"We've got a good team, but our team needs to do a lot of things to improve," Saban said Saturday. "If what our team has accomplished to this point makes them in any way not take into account the kind of teams that we have to play in the future, and they underestimate what we need to do to improve so that we can become a better team, and don't just take things for granted [that 's a problem]. That we're going to show up because we've got an Alabama uniform on, and win the game, it's not going to happen that way. And it's going to be everybody's choice in the organization.
"So I would appreciate it, if you would, you know, sort of look at some of the things we didn't do well and write about that, so maybe I can show it to the players and say, 'Look here, man: Here's something you can do better.'"
You can see the clip below, and it's another case of Saban masking his sarcasm under a layer of aggravation. At least I think he is.
Most coaches scold their media for being too negative. At Alabama, they're too positive. The ecosystem is upside down.
This is what winning five national championships and then outscoring your opponents 215-51 will do to you.