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The Alabama Crimson Tide started planning for their battle next week with the Ole Miss Rebels at the end of this bye week's practice slate. Before that, they tackled upcoming games against Texas A&M, Arkansas, Tennessee, and yes, Auburn.
"There's a lot of things that we need to clean up, there's a lot of things that we need to improve on," Saban said after Tuesday's practice, via Andrew Gribble of AL.com. "And the way you do that is individual players become more accountable to be more consistent in how they do their job."
"That is what allows the unit to get better because when one guy doesn't do his job, on offense, defense or special teams, then you really don't have a successful play."
Saban believes that there's no such thing as over-preparing for a game, so it's in character for him to shift the team's focus in practice onto multiple opponents. He does the same exact thing at the end of every preseason camp.
However, there is one unifying thread that Saban pressed during this week's practices - ball security.
"Whether you don't cut off the backside linebacker on a running play, whether somebody doesn't cover the right guy, whether somebody doesn't cover the right guy the right way, whether somebody doesn't run the right pass route or make the right release, all these things have a consequence," Saban stated.
"When you do them correctly, they also have a consequence as well."
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