Nick Saban looked and sounded much more relaxed on Monday after voicing his disappointment two days earlier over his team's performance in a win over Western Kentucky.

The press conference kicked off a week where Alabama will turn its focus to the Ole Miss Rebels and try to avoid a third straight loss in the series. In each of the past two seasons, the Crimson Tide suffered its only regular season loss at the hands of Hugh Freeze and the Rebels.

"This is a team that has been a really prolific offensive football team," Saban said. "They've got a really good quarterback, a really good tight end in Engram, and a lot of other really good players.

"They're very well coached. Hugh Freeze has done a fabulous job there. I think this guy is one of the best coaches in our league and certainly does a great job with the players that he has."

Saban's teams have performed well in revenge games, but he downplayed that during on Monday.

"(Revenge)'s not something that I usually use as a motivating factor. To say that it's not a factor, I'm not sure I'm psychiatrist enough to know the answer to that question."

Here are a few additional notes from the press conference:

  • The coaching staff will continue working with the quarterbacks to get better.
  • The team doesn't have any significant injuries after two games. Wide receiver Cam Sims should be back this weekend.
  • The focus is still on execution on both sides of the ball and improving consistency at each position.

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