Nick Saban delivers classic rant of first day of spring football

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (al.com) - Nick Saban rejected the notion that Alabama is going to return to a "ball-control" offense after the Crimson Tide lost to Clemson in the national title game.

During a fiery rant, Saban said what transpired in the only defeat of the 2016 campaign won't push Alabama to adopt a conservative approach under new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. In the 35-31 loss, the Tide had a nine-minute time of possession deficit and squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter -- throwing the ball 16 times and running it in 13 other instances during the second half.

Five defensive players were on the field for more than 100 snaps.

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