Saban feels ‘secondary has a lot to improve on’ after Wisconsin win

Alabama dominated Wisconsin in most areas during their impressive 35-17 win, but during Nick Saban’s press conference he highlighted a few ways the Tide underperformed Saturday. While defensively the front seven was a dominating factor for the Tide, it was in the secondary where the Tide had some issues. During his Monday press conference, Saban expressed concern with what he felt was a lack of “fundamental discipline” by his secondary, expressing a need to continue to focus on improvement.

“We had three pass interference (penalties) by the DBs, unnecessary penalties that were probably caused by lack of fundamental discipline and execution of technique,” Saban said. “We didn’t give up as many explosive plays, but there’s lots of room for improvement. We didn’t do as good of a job on third down as we need to, especially in the first half.

“So, we’re not disappointed in where we are, but we certainly have a lot to improve on.”

Improve they shall, especially freshmen Minkah Fitzpatrick and Marlon Humphrey, who both had solid first games for the Tide, drawing praise from senior Cyrus Jones.

“Coach doesn’t expect (young guys) to go out there and be perfect,” Jones said. “I think both of those guys did a real good job in that first big game of their careers. I think the sky is the limit for them. They are both humble guys who take coaching real well.”

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