FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – In terms of winning a national championship, Alabama is still in great shape after parting ways with offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin on Monday. At least that’s what former wideout Julio Jones said Wednesday.
“That’s small to them [Alabama],” said Jones after Falcons practice.
Jones seemed more than impressed with Alabama’s 2016 defense, and credited head coach Nick Saban as a defensive-minded coach.
“He just puts the offense out there to maintain the game, and not lose the game,” said Jones. “They have some explosive guys on the offensive side of the ball, though. They can run the ball and they can pass the ball. Coach Saban, at the end of the day, he’s the head honcho over there, he’s going to make all those decisions.”
Saban and Kiffin parted ways, mutually, according to statements mead by both sides. The job for the players isn’t to determine who did what and why, Jones said it’s imperative to move past the situation.
That’s easier to do with a nationally ranked defense.
“If you can’t score, you can’t win,” said Jones. “Those guys are kids, he’s [Saban] not going to put added pressure on you, ‘Oh we lost out offensive coordinator. No, we’re going to stick to the basics. We’re gonna run the ball, run the ball, pass, take our shot.’
On whether a change at offensive coodinator would have affected him when he was on campus, Jones answered in the negative and then gave his reasons why it won’t matter to the current Crimson Tide either.
“They’re [Alabama] going to run the same thing,” said Jones. “They’re going to run the exact same stuff.”