Then things crashed in 2008, relatively speaking. The offense was mostly fine, though the Tigers could have done without all of Jarrett Lee’s pick-sixes. It was the defense that failed them, giving up more than 30 points five times through the confusion of youth and co-coordinators. Detractors would say it’s because the team ran out of Nick Saban recruits, but the reality is that Miles had been pulling in plenty of top-rated talent. It simply was the down year that comes for every coach as a result of transitional problems. Some have theirs in their third year; some (like Miles) have it in their fourth.