Analyst staff: another way Saban is winning

How many analysts does Nick Saban have on his Alabama football staff? Nobody knows for sure from week to week.
But what we do know is that almost all of them are supremely overqualified for a position that Saban inadvertently referred to as an intern.

The latest man to come aboard for what is the equivalent of an entry level position is Lou Spanos. Spanos was most recently employed as the linebackers coach for the Tennessee Titans. He also spent two years as defensive coordinator at UCLA and 15 years as an assistant with the Steelers.

Just a week before, Saban added Jake Peetz as an offensive analyst. Peetz was most recently the quarterbacks coach of the Raiders and was in line to become offensive coordinator of the Colts until Josh McDaniel unexpectedly backed out of his commitment to become the head coach in Indianapolis.

Of course, the most famous analyst in the country is Butch Jones, the former head coach at Tennessee who is being paid $35,000 year by Alabama.

It’s understandable why Saban would want these veterans coaches to contribute to the organization. It’s also easy to understand why these positions are a great transition opportunity for these coaches, even if they do come with the humbling idea of the boss calling you an intern from time to time.

For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.

Stephen Root