Lane Kiffin Thinks Alabama Would Have Beat Clemson If He Stayed

Former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin left the Crimson Tide ahead of their national championship matchup with Clemson to focus on his head coaching duties with FAU — or maybe it was because of clashes with head coach Nick Saban, it depends on who you ask.
Alabama went on to lose to Clemson, 35-31, and Kiffin believes things would have been different if he was running the Crimson Tide offense.
When asked about the national championship game and how the outcome would have changed if he was still offensive coordinator, Kiffin made his opinion very clear.
“I do,” Kiffin said, via the Washington Post. “It’s no disrespect to Steve. No matter who it was, you’ve been there all year long. You’ve been there for the quarterback. You’re all he knew. You were undefeated together. We’ve won [26] straight games together. You feel like, okay, it’s different.
“As great as Sark is, it’s just different. Again, if it had been 14 points either way … when it’s one play here or there, you think if those guys had the person they were used to, it would have made a difference.”
Kiffin has a point.
With him leaving, the team had to make adjustments and familiarize themselves with a new play-caller. Had he remained with the program, everyone may have been more confident and comfortable in the offense entering the biggest game of the season.
But ultimately, Alabama can’t look back.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide need to look ahead to their first opponent of 2017 — which is another national title hopeful in No. 3 Florida State.
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