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Kevin Steele sends simple but strong message to Alabama defense

Kevin Steele during his time as a linebackers coach and defensive assistant for Alabama.

Alabama football’s new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has sent a simple message to the Crimson Tide’s defense during their first week of spring practice.

Steele returns to Tuscaloosa as the Tide’s DC in his third stint on Alabama’s coaching staff after serving as Miami’s defensive coordinator last season.

Alabama’s outside linebacker, Chris Braswell was asked by a reporter Tuesday what Steele’s message has been in ‘terms of what he wants’ from Alabama’s defense this upcoming season.

“A great defense, being physical, fast and eliminate mental errors and penalties,” Braswell answered.

Penalties were a thorn in Alabama’s side last season. The Tide set a school record with 17 penalties against Tennessee and got close to breaking the record earlier in the season when they committed 15 against Texas.

Alabama’s defense as a whole may not have lived up to the reputation of some of Nick Saban’s best Alabama defenses, but it was not as bad as it may have appeared when you crunch the numbers as the Tide finished 13th in total defense.

Alabama’s veteran cornerback, Kool-Aid McKinstry spoke about the addition of Steele last week.

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“I like Coach Steele,” McKinstry said. “He’s doing what he needs to do. I feel like we will have a good defense, and we are working on becoming the best defense.”

Alabama fans will get their first look at Alabama’s defense under Steele on A-Day.

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