While appearing on The Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday morning, Cincinnati Bengals and former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick had a lot to say about Clemson and his former coach Nick Saban.
First, he said Saban’s practices are easier than they used to be but still much harder than his NFL practices. And in a somewhat casual way, Kirkpatrick threw in he thought the Clemson Tigers outcoached Saban in the 2017 National Championship Game.
Here’s a video of that part of the interview:
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“They are definitely going to play hard, but at the end of the day, I’ve seen them get outcoached,” he said. “I’ve never seen that. I feel like he got outcoached in the Clemson game.”
The unusual part about Kirkpatrick’s comment was it was part of his answer to Eisen asking him what he thought about the Crimson Tide in 2017. Then, the host asked him to clarify how Clemson outcoached Saban in the championship tilt.
“When you got guys coming down running a switch-release on the goal line, two touchdowns back-to-back, at the end of the day, you got to check that on the sideline.”
Saban is 28-2 over the last two seasons. The only other coach that can match that record is Clemson’s Dabo Swinney.