Monday night’s national championship game between Clemson and Alabama was one of the best we have seen in a very long time. In the game, the Crimson Tide pulled a gutsy move when they executed a perfect onside kick midway through the fourth quarter with the game tied at 24.
The Tide took advantage of their surprise play and scored on a long touchdown to OJ Howard two plays later and never looked back. The Crimson Tide went on to a 45-40 victory for their fourth national championship in seven years.
The play was one of the best we have seen all year long and one former head coach talked about it on Tuesday. Former UCLA head coach and current CBS analyst Rick Neuheisel joined The Dan Patrick Show to talk about the play.
“I’ve always had that up my sleeve,” Neuheisel told Patrick on Tuesday. “You always call the kicker over in practice and say ‘Now,’ because you want to see if he can do it when you want him to because it’s not something you can go over on the sideline like a punt or a kick into a net in practice. You want to know he has that wedge shot whenever you want him to have it.
“And then you condense the side of your kickoff team and you see does the defense accordion with you. Jayron Kearse, the safety for Clemson, slid all the way down with Marlon Humphrey and they saw that earlier in the game and so said ‘OK they do what they think they do, let’s pull it out of our hat.”
Neuheisel also talked about the possibility of Alabama head coach Nick Saban leaving Tuscaloosa to take a job with the New York Giants, saying the Giants would be “crazy” if they weren’t “taking a swing at Nick Saban.”
It’s hard for anyone to say that they disagree with Neuheisel on Saban and the possibility of an NFL job once again. Either way, you still have to marvel at what he has done at Alabama and pulling off that onside kick may be a great send off for him with the Crimson Tide.
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