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Nick Saban expects coaches to ‘buy in’ to the program just like players

Alabama coach Nick Saban
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HOOVER, Ala. — Few FBS programs go from one season to the next with the exact same coaches on staff. Alabama coach Nick Saban seemingly deals with coaching turnover at the end of every season.

Saban said navigating the situation requires the same “buy in” from assistants that he expects from Crimson Tide players.

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“We don’t change our organization, based on changing people,” Saban said before playing in the Regions Traditions Pro-Am. “We have people come into the organization to buy in to things that we do, just like the players need to buy into the things that we do. So, I think that is the key to the drill.

“I think it’s really important though, that the people you do bring into the organization can gain the respect and trust of the players on the team. Because I think that’s a really important part of their development, as well as being a team. It all starts with the respect and trust factor. I think the new coaches that we have on our staff this year have done a fabulous of that part of it and our players respond them to them extremely well. We’re pleased with that.”

Saban added offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, wide receivers Mike Locksley and tight ends/special teams coach Joe Pannunzio to Alabama’s staff this offseason ahead of the 2017 season. In 2016, Alabama replaced defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, secondary coach Mel Tucker, defensive line coach Bo Davis and tight ends/special teams coach Bobby Williams with Jeremy Pruitt, Derrick Ansley, Karl Dunbar and Brent Key to replace those holes on the staff.

Saban also has the luxury of being able to bring former coaches in for support roles in the program, including former Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Chris Weinke being named offensive analysts.

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