Dec 31, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide outgoing offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin looks on during warm-ups prior to the 2016 CFP Semifinal against the Washington Huskies at the Georgia Dome.  RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

Lane Kiffin has long taken pride in calling offensive plays for teams he coaches — even as a head coach in the past. But that will be changing at FAU, and you can credit Nick Saban’s influence as the reason.

Kiffin will have offensive coordinator Kendal Briles call plays for the Owls this fall, and they will be using Briles’ playbook. When asked why, Kiffin told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that it’s because it will free him up more.

“Part of hiring him was we really wanted to be able to let someone else run it,” Kiffin said of Briles. “For the first time ever, come out to practice and not call plays. It’s different for me and kind of boring. It does allow you to do a lot more off the field.”

He said watching the way Saban did things Alabama made him realize he needs to give up some control with play-calling so he can do more.

“You reflect on things and how you can do things better,” Kiffin said. “The last place I was at I was watching Coach Saban do that. It really allowed him to do other things by not calling the defense. I see what it is, especially here with so many other things to do.”

This strategy seems to work well for many coaches. Even Saban’s rival, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, recently gave up play-calling duties and raved about how much it freed him up.

Spending a few years under Saban seems to have been a positive development for Kiffin.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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QUIZ: Name every Alabama draftee to make an NFL Pro Bowl

31 players drafted from the Alabama Crimson Tide have made the NFL Pro Bowl at least once. This list includes an impressive 7 Hall of Fame inductees. How many of these members from Alabama that found success in the NFL can you name?

Clue: Number of Pro Bowls-Position- Draft Team/Years Active in NFL

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9-G-NWE 1973-1985
John Hannah
9-LB-KAN 1989-1999
Derrick Thomas
6-T-WAS 2000-2009
Chris Samuels
5-NT-MIA 1977-1986
Bob Baumhower
5-LB-IND 1987-2000
Cornelius Bennett
5-LB-DAL 1963-1976
Lee Roy Jordan
5-QB-STL 1965-1977
Joe Namath
5-C-MIA 1980-1987
Dwight Stephenson
4-QB-OAK 1970-1984
Ken Stabler
4-QB-GNB 1956-1971
Bart Starr
3-RB-SEA 2000-2008
Shaun Alexander
3-WR-ATL 2011-2015
Julio Jones
3-TE-CLE 1978-1990
Ozzie Newsome
2-DB-PHI 1946-1954
Russ Craft
2-DT-BUF 2011-2015
Marcell Dareus
2-T-WAS 1941-1951
Fred Davis
2-QB-WAS 1948-1956
Harry Gilmer
2-DB-NOR 2006-2015
Roman Harper
2-LB-STL 1981-1993
E.J. Junior
2-G-CAR 2005-2015
Evan Mathis
2-RB-BAL 2007-2013
Le'Ron McClain
2-LB-HOU 2006-2015
DeMeco Ryans
1-E-WAS 1962-1966
Tommy Brooker
1-WR-OAK 2015
Amari Cooper
1-RB-NOR 2011-2015
Mark Ingram
1-RB-GNB 2013-2015
Eddie Lacy
1-LB-BAL 2014-2015
C.J. Mosley
1-G-WAS 1962-1969
Billy Neighbors
1-DT-PHI 1953-1964
Jess Richardson
1-G-NYG 1937-1945
Tarzan White
1-G-PIT 1948-1952
John Wozniak
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