Nick Saban is highly respected in the football ranks, and I read about him a little bit in The System and other sources (Google Search)…
He is known for his attention to detail – if a player is expected to put his hand on the line, he puts his hand on the line — period. He highly values conditioning, and has four strength and training coaches at Alabama while having intense conditioning work outs. He emphasizes that recdruiting starts with deciding who they should recruit, and has certain profiles he looks for. He is highly engaged on the field, making the rounds, and expects perfection. He is not afraid to bawl out a coach for not expecting perfection from the players, which in turn keeps the coaches tuned into the players. He is efficient, and has coaches down the ranks who scrutinize specific aspects of film looking for trends and schemes. He also flat out understands football.
I have fairly high energy and I like people who have high energy and good work ethic. But I have always been 80-90% on detail, figuring that for most things 80-90% is good enough,// and I’ll compensate for the 10% with extra work effort. In all honesty, I could not — and would not — want to be Nick Saban, to man the details so closely in a football game, to spend most of my life worrying about a football game. I have a hard time taking life — and silly man-made details in life — that seriously, and enjoy a little more balance in life.
But I do respect that in NIck Saban. But then again, I am not sure that means he should be paid 5M a year. No one should be paid 5M a year. 🙂