Some believe the birth of Saban’s (offensive) revolution came when quarterback Johnny Manziel was lighting up the scoreboard for Texas A&M. When his team nearly defeated Alabama in 2013, Manziel passed for 464 yards. The Crimson Tide defense yielded a combined 79 points in losses to Auburn and Oklahoma at the end of that season, and Alabama gave up 630 yards to Auburn in the Iron Bowl rivalry game in 2014.
Saban has suggested he reconsidered his approach because Hugh Freeze, then the coach at Mississippi, had used high-powered offenses to beat Alabama in 2014 and 2015.
Never thought I would say this about someone making as much as he is: He is UNDERPAID!
As much money as that program brings to the university - he is underpaid. The football program at Bama pays for practically every other program on campus. Non-revenue sports such as men's/women's track, lacrosse, tennis and sports like that - only exist because of the money Football brings in. Basketball might be self-sufficient but that is it for most big time D1 schools. See Notre Dame, THE Ohio State, Penn State, LSU, Meeechigan and a few other big name ones - Clemson (for now).