Alabama beat Georgia in a walk-off overtime thriller on Monday night to
become co-National Champs with UCF win the National Championship. One of the many ways ESPN viewers could watch the game was the Coaches Film Room on ESPNews, which featured our very own head ball coach, Pat Fitzgerald.
Fitz was part of a six-coach panel that also included Duke’s David Cutcliffe, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy, Colorado State’s Mike Bobo, Ole Miss’s Matt Luke, and former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. Fitz sat right next to Gundy, which allowed everyone to see a wild contrast in hairstyles.
I watched part of the first half via the film room and, to my surprise, enjoyed it. The coaches had good chemistry and offered interesting insight as the game unfolded. The general reaction from Twitter was quite positive, as well.
But let’s focus on some of the highlights from Fitz. Here’s the coaches’ reaction to the crazy final play of the game:
Most exciting play of the game, Mike Gundy is not moved. College coaches are 100% ice water veins. pic.twitter.com/XzQpINRqFW— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) January 9, 2018
Look at Fitz, not wasting any time to break down the blown coverage by Georgia.
Here’s my favorite clip, though. Fitz clearly feels awful for Alabama’s kicker after he badly shanked the potential game-winner at the end of regulation.
He made up a nickname for Gundy:
Pat Fitzgerald just referred to Mike Gundy as “Gun-Dog”. Coaches Film Room is LIT— Phil Brame (@PhilBrame) January 9, 2018
He got excited over punt coverage:
I like that Pat Fitzgerald seems to be the most excited about breaking down punt formations #B1G— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) January 9, 2018
“That’s a young man who is gonna make a lot of money.” - Pat Fitzgerald watching Roquan Smith cover a punt— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) January 9, 2018
He gave an honest reason for why he doesn’t call plays on offense:
“We’re a lot better without me [calling plays]” - Gundy— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) January 9, 2018
“I don’t think I’m smart enough to call plays and manage a game.” - Fitz https://t.co/Zv3zjY0xrJ
And much more. While I was watching, Fitz wasn’t one of the most talkative ones, but when he did speak, he always seemed to provide some insightful detail.