All fans of the Tennessee Volunteers should beware prior to reading this article. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase are currently on a road trip visiting different universities. Nick Saban got wind of this and decided to host Manning and Gase for a visit that he hoped would be very helpful to the Alabama Crimson Tide football program.
Fans of the Crimson Tide may remember how Alabama got burned last season by the hurry-up offense in two specific games. Even though the Crimson Tide defeated Texas A&M by seven points, they still allowed a whopping 628 yards of total offense against the no-huddle offense. The same happened against the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl, which led to Alabama’s unfortunate demise.
Considering Manning and the Broncos put up historic numbers in the hurry-up offense last season, which included an incredible 55 passing touchdowns, Saban got the brilliant idea of essentially asking Manning and Gase precise questions about how to defend that type of offense. At the same time, the hope was that the Broncos would also learn a thing or two that could help them reach the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season.
“Since they’re a no-huddle team, we had a lot of questions for them, in terms of what gives them problems and what defensive teams do that give them problems,” Saban said, according to ESPN. “That was a mutual benefit. I know it was a benefit to us. I hope it was a benefit to them as well.”
Clearly, Saban and his program received more of the benefit. With that being said, breaking down the information for the Crimson Tide allowed Manning and Gase to have a clear picture in front of them, which could help them down the road. Not to mention, having two genius football minds (Saban, Manning) in the same room could only lead to good things for both sides.