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Jonathan Allen: Saban & Gruden 'very similar'

August 07, 2018 - 7:41 pm
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Jonathan Allen enjoyed immense success in four seasons at Alabama under Nick Saban, the most decorated head coach in college football history.

Now in the NFL, Allen is playing under more of a players' coach in Jay Gruden, but says people would be surprised at how similar Saban and Gruden are.

"I'm going to be very honest," Allen told 106.7 The Fan's Craig Hoffman. "I feel like they're very similar in a lot of ways."

"A lot of guys might not think – I mean, I'd definitely say Coach Gruden is more interactive with the players than Coach Saban," Allen said. "Not in a bad way, but we joke around a little more with Coach Gruden, like before practice, as opposed to Coach Saban. Usually, you really don't see him too much until about 5-to-10 minutes before practice.

"But at the same time, they both care about their players so much and they're trying to win, and they both have that same competitive drive. I feel like they're more similar in more ways than people think."

On a personality basis, Allen says Gruden is more akin to former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin: "He's definitely a players' coach. Definitely plays around with us a little bit."

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