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Amari Cooper buying into Lane Kiffin at Alabama

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Arguably Alabama’s best offensive weapon is on board with Nick Saban’s new offensive coordinator.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper praised Lane Kiffin, saying via’s Michael Casagrande: “Pretty cool guy. Pretty laid back guy. He pays attention to everything, every little thing. I noticed that about him when we were practicing for the bowl game.”

Kiffin has Cooper’s confidence given the former USC coach oversaw the development of Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor, and Kiffin’s showed USC game film to help his new receivers nail down route concepts.

The hiring of Kiffin was met with plenty of head-scratching earlier this year, though Casagrande writes Kiffin is already well-liked inside the football facilities in Tuscaloosa. Granted, it’s spring practice — when everything is perfect and rainbows shoot out of the goalposts — but perhaps this’ll be another Saban stroke of genius.

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16 Responses to “Amari Cooper buying into Lane Kiffin at Alabama”
  1. wadaea says: Mar 17, 2014 10:57 AM

    “I noticed that about him when we were practicing for the bowl game.” YOU LOST !!!
    2 game losing streak..keep up the good work lame kitten

  2. overratedgators says: Mar 17, 2014 11:34 AM

    Hey, Amari: know who else bought into Lane’s shtick early on? The Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Volunteers and USC Trojans. Go ask any of them how well Lane lived up to those lofty expectations.

  3. floridacock says: Mar 17, 2014 11:38 AM

    Should not come as a surprise that he was/is a good position coach. His problems begin when he is in charge.

  4. gary2525 says: Mar 17, 2014 11:38 AM

    With Kiffin at Alabama they will be the next college to get busted for ncaa violation. They guy is a BUM

  5. wareagle1961 says: Mar 17, 2014 12:49 PM

    Perfect fit for UA. Sleeze ball and a fan base that couldn’t care less.

  6. soundsofsuccess7 says: Mar 17, 2014 12:54 PM

    Lane is genuinely an incredibly intelligent football coach, he just struggles when he has to control too much. Amari recognizes this, I’m sure.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Mar 17, 2014 12:58 PM

    What was Saban thinking? I hope he keeps Kiffin on a short leash.

  8. mogogo1 says: Mar 17, 2014 1:28 PM

    That was in the practices leading up the bowl game where they went into half down 31-17. Yes, no detail was overlooked by the great Lane.

  9. gatorfan1 says: Mar 17, 2014 2:09 PM

    And I guess if he didn’t like Kiffin- the smart thing would have been for him to say Kiffin “sucks” and BAMA will never win another game with him as OC!

    I don’t get even reporting this? What’s he gonna say with Saban as coach-Saban, what a crappy hire, what were you thinking?? Oh and make sure Mrs. Kiffin is at every practice.

  10. dontfwme says: Mar 17, 2014 4:10 PM

    Did he need to whip out that USC game film to show them how to run the perfect bubble screen? Because it seems like Kiffin called a bubble screen at least every other play for the last two years at USC. His play calling and inability to relinquish control was his downfall at USC. I anticipate that he will be calling plays at Bama….hope their fans like bubble screens!

  11. normtide says: Mar 17, 2014 5:02 PM

    I love how people here question Saban. I think he has proven himself. I’ll trust his judgement over anyone here. Kiffen’s problem has always been his mouth, at Bama assistants don’t talk to the media. That, and Saban is a control freak. Three titles in four years. The process works.

    Auburn fans seem to have a lot to say about bowl games. How did the tigers do again? Don’t forget, Saban shut that offense out the last year with Gus as OC. I like how our future looks. Auburn’s success comes in one year bursts. Last time they played for a title, they fired their coach two years later.

  12. liverpoolred04 says: Mar 17, 2014 5:52 PM

    Keep telling yourself that norm, Auburn is way different than what Gus was dealing with his last year as OC…Saban won’t be able to stop Gus’s offense, he can only hope to match point for point, and then bitch to the officials and hope he gets his way…Roll Damn Free Suits.

  13. billmead1976 says: Mar 17, 2014 6:22 PM

    Tell Cooper to ask Matt Barkley, pre-season Heisman favorite, how it worked out for him.

    Or for that matter, the entire team that year. Pre-season number one to post-season number none.

  14. Deb says: Mar 17, 2014 6:37 PM

    Always good to read comments from the peanut gallery. Just shows they care … a lot. Expecially appreciate some guy called “wareagle1961” talking about Alabama hiring a sleazeball and the fans couldn’t care less. Oh dear … seems someone Auburn fan’s forgotten the adage about pots and kettles. Bless his heart.

  15. normtide says: Mar 17, 2014 9:26 PM

    Yes, because old fashioned, highly talented defenses like Bama and LSU can’t win games. Like I said before, auburn struggles to sustain national success. While I think Gus is a great offensive mind, his offense will always limit his defense. Auburn win the iron bowl, but the environment played as big a part as anything. Even with that, it took a miracle play. Just like the Georgia game. Auburn didn’t show any dominance last year. Also, don’t but into the media talk. For the seven years prior, the narrative was a strong defense stops gimmick offenses. Just ask your local line backers who flock Alabama. Your little brother is showing, win one game and everything has changed. The truth is, if you believed, you wouldn’t be here committing/hoping/praying. War shoot up the party eagle.

  16. normtide says: Mar 17, 2014 10:03 PM

    You know what liverpoolred, I’m going to backtrack a little. I actually have respect for auburn. They are resilient. The fact is Bama and AU make each other better. I expect the series to be as competitive as always. Wouldn’t be the best rivalry in sports if it didn’t. I try not to get sucked into the cheap bashing that comes from both sides. There are plenty of great fans on both sides. There are some crazy ones as well. I prefer to stay on the rational side. The fact is, it’s always settled on the field, never in the message boards. Best of luck going forward.

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