Lane Kiffin is extremely excited about the talent he will get to coach this season as offensive coordinator at Alabama. After hearing the comments he made about the Crimson Tide’s backfield earlier this week, some would say the former USC coach is too excited.
On Thursday, Kiffin said Alabama’s offense will be led by its tailbacks. And he thinks they’re all pretty damn good.
“As you guys know extremely well, I think the offense is led by the tailbacks,” Kiffin told those in attendance at the DEX Imaging 20th annual L’Arche Football Preview. “There probably aren’t three more talented tailbacks in the NFL on a roster than we’re fortunate to be able to work with at Alabama.”
Wait, what? Does Kiffin realize that there are countless backup running backs in the NFL who were absolute studs on their college teams? TJ Yeldon will likely carry on the tradition of Alabama running backs being taken in the early rounds of the NFL Draft, but we have to wait and see how second and third stringers Derrick Henry and Kenyon Drake will turn out.
As NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread noted, Nick Saban typically does not allow his assistant coaches to speak to the media. This is probably why.