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Sep 26, 2015; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offenisve coordinator Lane Kiffen reacts to a call during the game against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Is Lane Kiffin the Right Guy to Run an Offense for Nick Saban?

It’s not about whether or not Lane Kiffin is liked by Nick Saban or anyone else for that matter…

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  • He isn’t.

    OK, so that might be a bit of a hyperbole, but his likability has nothing to do with his ability to design and run an offense for Nick Saban’s team. Since coming to Alabama in 2014, there have been instances of the wow factor for Kiffin’s offense, and then weeks when they didn’t look like they could score in a brothel.

    It could be the personnel, it could be that it takes more than 20 games for Kiffin’s offense to find its groove, but so far it’s been some zooms and sputters.

    Alabama amassed 503 yards of offense against the vaunted Ole Miss Land Shark defense, but yet still managed to lose the game (thanks in part to five turnovers). 20 points of the scoring and a big chunk of the yards came in the 4th quarter, when the Tide had their backs against the wall. Some have referred to it as “garbage time” offense.

    Since Kiffin took over the offense, there have been only a few games where Alabama performed consistently, even against weaker defenses. Kiffin’s play-calling has come into question by fans (and some analysts) on more than one occasion, especially after last season’s Sugar Bowl loss to Ohio State.

    The game against Georgia will go down as another tick mark on the “Fire Kiffin” chalkboard, or he’ll prove that if Alabama can hold on to the ball, his offense will be able to help beat anyone.

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