1. I think Coach Bryant and Saban are pretty even on fundamentals, except Coach Bryant would at times become more attached to one player. Such a player as Joe Namath was one of his favorites. Coach Saban hasn't shown that yet, but that can come with time. Saban also has the same attitude about knocking a program or a player's mental, and moral state down and rebuilding them from the ground up. As far as hiring asst. coaches is concerned,since both coaches want the best for their players, the head coach was and still is always right.
2. Coach Pat Dye(I could go on, but i'm gonna keep it fair.)
Pretty amazing post coming from someone born after Bryant's passing (At least until you cited Pat Dye as if he is the first to come to mind).
I think that Coach Saban has much of his philosophy down to a science more. Example, where Coach Bryant would vaguely say "Show class", Coach Saban clarifies by saying "Don't do anything that would hurt the team. What you do to one, you do to the other."
Both have a reputation for outworking the coach across the field. Both are physically domination minded, although I don't think we will see footage of Coach Saban demonstrating blocking like we see Coach Bryant doing.
Saban is disadvantage with respect to dealing with the press. Coach Bryant is given a pass on his love to drink, while Coach Saban is butchered for saying that the ULM loss is a decisive turning point for the team and selecting an example that communicates what he means in a clear form that some think is disrespectful (i.e Pearl Harbor)...as if citing extreme cases as examples is not used a thousand times a day in classrooms across America :roll: .
LBS for one sees a great deal of similarity between the two. But I want to get the opinions of some you you guys.
PART TWO: Howard Schnellenburger (sp?)