Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney want NFL declaration date moved back

Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney are set to face off against each other on Monday night when the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers compete for the College Football Playoff championship. Both teams are extremely good football teams and their coaches are among the best current coaches in the nation.

While the game is the biggest thing on their minds, both coaches talked about wanting the NFL declaration date and evaluations moved back. They both believe that it is a distraction this time of year to players playing in bowl games and looking to prepare themselves for a championship game.

Here are a few tweets with some quotes from both coaches:

Dabo Swinney asked about his juniors weighing NFL decisions. “I pretty much know what everybody’s going to do already.”

— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) January 10, 2016

Swinney said he expects announcements to be made fairly quickly after the game Monday night.

— (@ClemsonTigerNet) January 10, 2016

abo answers question abt underclassmen/NFL> Nick Saban: "Can I make a comment about that? I wish the NFL would move the declare date back.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 10, 2016

Saban: 'I wish they moved the declare (for the draft) date back.'
Also calls to move back the date NFL evaluations for players are delivered

— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) January 10, 2016

Swinney, responding, says he would "support that 100 percent." Says the process is a distraction.

— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 10, 2016

Clearly this is a big issue for Saban. He mentioned it in the summer, and he made a point of bringing it up today.

— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 10, 2016

Nick Saban says NFL shouldn’t give players grades before end of year. ESPN reported Bama players voted to withhold info until after Mon.

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 10, 2016

There is no question that having these two coaches ask for it to be moved back could make a difference. The NFL isn’t likely to make the change, but it helps having these two lobbying for a change.

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