Saban hopes to restore Crimson Tide's killer instinct


Did Alabama lack a killer instinct in the last couple of seasons?

It would be unfair to say yes since the last two Crimson Tide teams posted a combined 23-4 record. Yet Alabama coach Nick Saban said Thursday at a charity event in Mobile that they lacked the nasty disposition of the 2011 and 2012 championship clubs.

Saban’s goal for this season is to restore that attitude.

"I think it's just a matter of what kind of competitor that you are and not focusing on the result, but staying focused on the process of what you need to do for 60 minutes in the game ... which is kind of what our whole program was built on," Saban told AL.com. "But I do think when you have as much success as we've had, it makes it a little bit more difficult to sustain that kind of psychological disposition.

"I think the players are aware of it, we're working hard and I've been pleased with the kind of spring that we've had, the effort that we've had and how the players have responded to trying to get back to that."

Separately, Saban rattled off a list of nine injured players who will not participate in Saturday’s A-Day spring game -- including some major star power from the defensive side. That group includes defensive linemen A'Shawn Robinson and Jonathan Allen, cornerback Cyrus Jones, and linebackers Denzel Devall and Ryan Anderson.