Alabama head football coach Nick Saban on Thursday responded to comments made by former players like Greg McElroy and Bo Scarbrough regarding the state of the program.

With the Crimson Tide out of the national title hunt while heading into the Iron Bowl for the first time in over a decade, former players have called into question the 2022 team's leadership.

Saban said it "breaks" his heart that former players are questioning the culture but advised the coaching staff was working to get back to the Alabama standard.

"You know, when former players come back to me, it hurts my heart," Saban said on his weekly "Hey Coach & The Nick Saban Show." "And I told the players this, so I'm not speaking out of school, that anybody that has ever played here in this culture and on this team would think that anybody on this team is not playing to that culture and to that standard, you know, that really breaks my heart because I'm responsible for that."

He added. "Because I'm responsible for that. I want all the players to feel the responsibility that goes with that in terms of who we are at Alabama, how we play, what we do, and how we do things. So, we're working on it."

The Tide play host to Austin Peay Saturday at 11 a.m. in a tune-up game before the Iron Bowl.

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