Tide coordinators quietly playing big roles

“There’s a lot of familiarity between coach Saban and I,” Smart said. “He’s very organized and very detailed. He understands I know those details and I demand those same details. We might be doing a practice schedule and I know where he’s going and some of that goes unspoken.

“We know how we want the drill done. He knows how he wants the drill done. I know how he wants the drills done. It’s ultimately his soldiers’, his staff’s, job to get it done.”