Alabama football coach Nick Saban pretends he doesn't know football at SEC Media Days
A reporter asked the veteran coach if he thinks college offense will evolve to use tighter sets frequently again as defenses become more aggressive to combat spread offenses, using some football lingo in his question.
Saban responded, "What is 12 personnel?"
The reporter answered correctly, replying, "Two-tight end set."
Clueless Saban asked, "Two or one wide receivers? I'm just kidding. I know what 12 personnel is.
"I think there's always sort of cycles. And I think that the trend has been, and in a very positive way, the trend has been very productive to be in the spread and to spread the field with three and four wide receivers and four open formations and implement RPOs and lots of screens and spread the field and make the defense defend 53 yards wide and 100 yards deep, which has not always been the case. When more people that line up tight, I call it wad ball, the more constrictive you can be in terms of how you create space for offensive players to make plays."
Alabama scored a program-high 48.5 points per game in 2020, and Mac Jones broke the Division I single-season passing percentage record at 77.4%. DeVonta Smith became the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy since 1991.
The Crimson Tide open the 2021 season against Miami on Sept. 4 in Atlanta.