HUNTSVILLE, Ga. -- Nick Saban said Alabama has lost its mojo.
Saban was speaking at a Crimson Caravan stop in Huntsville earlier this week.
"We need to get our mojo back a little bit. We need to get our identity back," Saban said. "We used to be a team that nobody wanted to play, relentless competitors, tough, hard-nosed. We've got to get some of that back. Everybody needs to focus on what do you want to do to have a great team at Alabama, put the team first and not worry about a lot of other things that we had a few distractions with the last couple of years that I think affected how we finished the season."
Saban also talked about the A-Day game, which was played last Saturday.
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Alabama's coaching staff has reviewed the video from the game and came away with one takeaway: the film doesn't lie.
Like many who watched it live, a second look at the game was a bit of a mixed bag for Saban as well.
"There's some things and some players who played very well in the game, had great energy and intensity in the game and certainly made progress," Saban said. "The experience that they gained will certainly help them next year. There were some players that probably could have played better. But all in all, I thought it was a very competitive game.
"I really liked the energy and enthusiasm that the White team played with, and that's probably why they won. They played with a lot of spirit, really liked to see that. They had a lot of fun. That's really what we like for the players to do at A-Day."
Despite having not settled on a starting quarterback coming out of the spring, Saban said he felt "no different" about the play of his signal callers upon further review of the film. Barring any transfers, Jake Coker, Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman, David Cornwell and Blake Barnett will all continue to compete for the position into the fall.
"I think everybody had their moments where they did some very, very good things in the game," Saban said. "I think that there were also some things that each one of them wished they probably wouldn't have done rather than some of the turnovers that we had that were poor decisions and misreads. So, those are the kind of things that we need to improve on and certainly grow from and learn from."
Outside of the quarterback spot, multiple starters and key contributors missed or were limited throughout spring practice with injuries. While that could have put a damper on things, Saban said it wasn't difficult at all.
"I think it was great to have some other players be able to get a lot of repetitions and a lot of turns," Saban said. "I think a lot of our young players made a real significant improvement during the spring because of the opportunities that they gained. So I was excited about the spring and enjoyed the spring and enjoyed coaching this team."
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