Alabama vows to avoid 2010-type complacency

HOOVER, Ala. -- For the second time in three years, Alabama enters the football season as the defending national champion. Crimson Tide players still cringe at the complacency that followed their 2009 national title and contributed to  a three-loss season in 2010. They vow not to have a similar letdown this fall after winning last season’s national title.

“Coach [Nick] Saban said ‘no complacency’ [in 2010] … but for some reason we just didn’t buy into it,” center Barrett Jones recalled during Alabama’s appearance Thursday at SEC Media Days. “It’s not going to sneak up on us this year. We know that we have to, if anything, work harder this year than last year. We have a lot of guys from that 2010 season, and we all had a bad feeling from that season and don’t want to feel that way again.”

Said tight end Michael Williams: “We saw what can happen, what complacency did to us. We’re very determined to not let that happen to this year’s team.”

Saban said this team has had “a really good off-season” and “seems to be less affected by the previous year.”

“Having success in a football program can have two effects,” Saban said. “You can demand more success, or you can get a little complacent and be relaxed about what you have accomplished, really think more about what you did rather than what you’re going to do.

“… This team seems to be very much committed to creating an identify for themselves,” Saban said.

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G-Dawg

July 19th, 2012
3:32 pm

Is its football season yet?

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

July 19th, 2012
4:02 pm

Not going to win a title loosing that many defensive players…but still a better chance than UGA!

I mean c’mon it’s not 1980

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I dropped my fried twinkie

July 19th, 2012
4:29 pm

the Dwags ain’t Skeered……day gotz the best Defense in Da SEC.

Score Check

July 19th, 2012
8:45 pm

Coach Sick Satan = SCUM
Coach Sick Satan = SCUM
Coach Sick Satan = SCUM

Tweak your knee and he leaves you twisting in the wind

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ALABAMA FOOTBALL

July 19th, 2012
10:31 pm

ROLL TIDE ROLL!

Longhorn

July 20th, 2012
5:48 am

2009: bama hung on to beat the Longhorns and that was with Colt McCoy being taken out of the game early

2011: I’m still waiting for LSU and bama to play the rubber match for the National Championship. Last time I looked their record was 1 and 1 for 2011.

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Andy

July 20th, 2012
2:24 pm

Longhorn I guess you want Bama to play Texas again and let Colt McCoy play in the game. . As best i remember Ala was doing alright when Colt was in the game. In the Bama _ LSU games . The difference in the 1 and 1 was LSU win was the season game and Bama win was the National Championship game where you get the NC trophy and inviting to the White House. Maybe Colt should learn to play with the big boys . If we beat LSU again then you would want to make it a best three out of five series, then a best six out of ten series. Go ahead and whine and bitch ain’t gonna do you any good.

Andy

July 23rd, 2012
8:09 am

Longhorn @ whty do you care what happens in the LSU– Bama games. They coul play ever week for a year and Texas would still not be the National Champions. Quit your crying and be a big boy SEC RULES!