Originally Posted by Iamcanadian
You have to be kidding, there are college HC's who are great recruiters but poor coaches, Stoops(Oklahoma), Brown(Texas) and Kiffin(USC) as current examples, then their are good HC's who can coach but aren't the greatest recruiters (Snyder)Kansas St. and finally, you have the college HC's who are great recruiters and excellent coaches of which Saban leads the nation by a mile. The fact that some of his draftees don't pan shows just how great a college HC he is. When 10 players get drafted every year from Alabama, of course some won't pan out but most do exceptionally well.
No, Saban is a pretty good coach, far from great. He is the benefactor of being a great recruiter at a school that is traditionally a top recruiting school. The fact that his players are so impressive physically but don't pan out shows a lack of preparedness as they leave school. When marginally gifted prospects do well in the NFL, it is often a statement about the program they came from. Back when UVa was still sending prospects into round 1, their 1st rounders almost always panned out, but so too did undrafted and unheralded guys. They had great coaching, they were prepared to move. This was a testament to George Welsh and Al Groh in his first few years at the school. It was the biggest difference between UVa and Virginia Tech. Frank Beamer has always been a fantastic recruiter, but rarely have VT players seen the same kind of success at the NFL level as UVa players, despite being more gifted athletically and better on the college field.