Nick Saban has responded to former quarterbacks' allegations of miscommunication about their roles in the Tide's 2016 game against USC. The Alabama coach, in an interview with ESPN, said he tried to relay accurately to former QBs Blake Barnett and Cooper Bateman how the team would handle the position against the Trojans. "I tried to do the best job that I could to tell them exactly how we were going to play the quarterbacks and the opportunity that they had," Saban said. Both Barnett and Bateman recently criticized Saban for miscommunication before the game: Barnett said Saban suggested he would start against USC, while Bateman said he was told the two would split snaps. They combined for 21 total — Barnett had six in the Tide's first two possessions — while true freshman Jalen Hurts played the bulk of the game. Hurts led Tide to a 38-3 lead before Barnett and Bateman got back in to play.