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At SEC Media Days, Nick Saban makes a startling disclosure about Alabama’s 2021 prospects.

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban addresses the assembled media in the Hyatt Regency at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala.
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Nick Saban faces a difficult task in trying to repeat as national champs with Alabama.
Six first-round picks were lost by Alabama, including Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, Doak Walker winner Najee Harris, and Davey OBrien winner Mac Jones.
Alabama had ten total draft picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, and this three comprised half of their first-round picks.
Alabama frequently reloads, and the prospect of a full-fledged rebuild is similar to nails on a chalkboard for fans of the Crimson Tide.
That is, however, a very real issue for Saban and Alabama supporters this autumn.
Saban acknowledged the difficulty of replacing that much offensive production, as well as the coaching staff turnover, at SEC Media Days on Wednesday morning.
“Success comes with a price: you have a lot of good players and coaches.”
When you lose some of those players – we lost six first-round picks, ten players to the draft, and some coaches – it’s difficult to get back on track.
You’ll have to start over with new players with less experience.
Nick Saban acknowledges that Alabama will be a work in progress. This isn’t new territory for Saban and Alabama.
As he puts it, it’s a cost of success.
Your top players will leave early for the NFL Draft, and other programs will want to hire your coaching staff if you are successful.
This has been going on at Alabama for years.
It occurs at elite programs around the country, though not to the extent that it occurs at Alabama.
“Penalty for success: you had a lot of talented players, good coaches,” Nick Saban says.
When you lose some of those players – we lost six first-round picks, ten players to the draft, and some coaches – it’s difficult to rebuild.
You’ll have to rebuild your team with new players that have less experience.
“It’ll be a work in progress,” Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) tweeted on July 21, 2021. But it’s the final statement that has Alabama football fans shivering.
Is Alabama truly a “work in progress”? That phrase implies that Alabama may struggle as new players adjust to their new positions and the coaching staff changes its philosophy to the new players.
So what does Alabama’s struggle imply?
It could indicate that Alabama is still the best team in the SEC West, but not necessarily in the SEC.
It’s possible they’ll make it to the College Football Playoff, but not win it.
A work in progress in Alabama is not the same as a work in progress in Arkansas or Tennessee.
But, if the new players and coaches are unable to gel, it is possible that the ultimate win-loss record would reflect more losses than Saban and Alabama football fans are used to.
But, Alabama will remain in the top three in the preseason AP Top 25 and will most likely be the media’s favorite to win the SEC when the poll is released on Thursday at the conclusion of SEC Media Days.
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