​Coaches of college and professional sports teams are used to tough questions. As part of league agreements with media outlets, coaches are required to represent their teams through interviews with sideline reporters. Usually these interviews feature basic questions with the most generic responses imaginable. Yesterday, however, after Alabama's victory over Louisville, ​Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban gave ESPN reporter Maria Taylor a piece of his mind.

​​Taylor asked Saban a rather simple question, "What answers did you have about your quarterbacks after watching both of them play tonight?"


Yes, the question puts pressure on Saban to perhaps indicate that ​one of his quarterbacks impressed him more than the other. In that sense, it is a little uncomfortable. But at the same time, this sort of question is expected when a team has ​a depth chart battle at any position, especially quarterback, and it is easily avoidable by some generic response about how both looked good and both played well.

Instead of opting for that easy answer, however, ​Saban decided to fire back with some real feistiness in his voice, "Well I still like both guys. I think both guys are good players, I think both guys can help our team. So why do you continually try to get me to say something that doesn't respect one of them? I'm not going to, so quit asking!"


Coach, coach, just stick to the first half of the response.


Saban's passion and energy to defend his quarterbacks, ​Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, is on one level admirable, but they were not really under attack. His response came off as unnecessarily aggressive and rude to a reporter who was just trying to do her job.

For the rest of the interview, Saban gave normal responses, but as he walked away afterwards he was clearly glad that he could be on his way.


Who knows why he was in such a bad mood after a 51-14 blowout victory?