Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is known for finding himself in the spotlight. The relatively young coach has had coaching positions across the country, but he can never seem to stick at one place. Kiffin doesn’t have the best reputation amongst his profession, but that hasn’t stopped teams from wanting him.
Recently, Kiffin made a comment that would make any football fan shake their head. He said that he believes the Crimson Tide have three of the best running backs in all of football. Yes, he even included the NFL. Come on Lane; we all know the Tide have a great stable of running backs, but to consider them all NFL caliber is just absurd.
The Tide’s trio of backs—T.J Yeldon, Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake—were the three players that Kiffin was referring to. They are three of the most talented backs in college football, but they are not quite ready to be considered the NFL’s best.
Yeldon, who finished with 1,235 yards and 14 touchdowns rushing last season, will look to hold off a surging Henry. Yeldon has had issues holding on to the football and is in danger of losing his starting spot to Henry. In the Tide’s loss to the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2014 Sugar Bowl, Henry showed a glimpse of the type of running back everyone expected him to be.
Look, there’s nothing wrong with Kiffin praising his players, but he should hold off on the NFL comments. Yeldon and Henry will likely find their way onto NFL rosters in the future, but for now, they still need to prove that they can do it done in college. There’s a huge difference between excelling at the college level and the NFL.
I don’t doubt that the Tide’s trio is exceptionally talented, but Kiffin needs to let his backs do the talking on the field. Just when I thought Kiffin was staying out of the spotlight he comes out and says something crazy. Welcome back, Lane Kiffin.