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Found this article while looking for info on Smart. It is from Tide nation. It makes me feel a lot better about our apparent new HC. It answers the question on who is really the DC at Bama. This is just an except. The whole article is about why Smart can chose what school he wants to go to and does not have to rush.
READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO FEEL BETTER!
In Smart's six years at Alabama, he has helped Saban turn in five straight top-5 defenses, produced more than a dozen NFL draft picks and won two national championships. Alabama is No. 1 in scoring and total defense despite having lost seven starters from last season.
"We speak the same language and have been on the same page for a long time," Saban said of his relationship with Smart.
Players feel that kinship, too. Nico Johnson is in his fourth year under Smart and still marvels at his ability to read offenses.
"He sees things that we don't see," Johnson said. "He sees things before they even happen."
Those in-game adjustments are what Johnson has become accustomed to. It's not the sometimes domineering Saban barking orders during timeouts as some might suggest, it's Smart. Saban might be a defensive guru, but he trusts his coordinator to run the scheme.
"It's Coach Smart. He's here for a reason," Johnson said. "He tries to make us understand where he feels we're vulnerable during the game. He's going to make the right call to put us in the best situation to make a play.
"I've learned so much from him in the past three years than I ever have, even more than from Rolando McClain, because he doesn't teach it to use as a linebacker, he teaches it to us as a secondary that has to know what everybody knows from the D-linemen to the corners to the safeties. That's what makes us so good year in and year out because everyone knows what every person is supposed to do on the field."
C.J. Mosley, a junior who leads the team in tackles at linebacker, said if it weren't for Smart, the defense "wouldn't get one play down."
In essence, the Tide would be lost without their defensive coordinator. Kines knows the feeling well. He can recall a game against Florida when the Gators had fourth-and-inches on Georgia, and Smart, then a sturdy defensive back, lined up over the center. Kines yelled at him, "You've got the tight end!" and Smart replied, "Not on a quarterback sneak."
"He was a coach on the field," Kines said, smiling, the stories endless. He knew then what Smart would become. "Kirby has the same enthusiasm as when he was at Georgia."
Smart has spent his life learning defenses, cutting his teeth at Georgia and developing his chops under Saban. He likely will be a head coach soon. The offer might come after Saturday's game against Georgia, or it might arrive after the bowl season in January. It could be a year from now.
This post was edited by toddau on 12/4/2012 at 10:21 AM
"An Auburn Man needs no introduction"
Kids, (a) Changing speeds is more important than a curve ball (b) you play defense with your feet & (c) Wayne Hancock is the tits.
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