"And part of that development is the need to play in games". And the head coach appears still driven by a need to fend off complacency, and keep his Alabama empire exactly where it is.
Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster and Alabama's quarterback competition.
If they're honest, those teams now define success as how close they can come to Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.
Kentucky knows a little something about being Snow White among the 13 other dwarves (by comparison) in SEC basketball.
"Jalen has done a good job in the offseason of becoming a better passer, understanding the passing game better", Saban said. And yet the sting of barely losing last year's national championship is the perfect learning tool to motivate his team to chase down another SEC title, another College Football Playoff berth, another national championship.
There is no bigger opener in college football this season than Alabama's test against Florida State inside Atlanta's new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sept. 2.
Name SearchWatch Service' Bradley Bozeman put it: "We try to do things that other people don't want to do, can't do". If you're in LSU's shoes, not only do you lose to Alabama, you lose in a game that's become unwatchable. "That's the great thing they've done in that program". In fact, it's so difficult to find problems with the Tide they had to make their own last year, firing the offensive coordinator in between the two most important games of the season.
For all of Butch Jones' bricklaying, he still hasn't gotten Tennessee to the conference championship game.
Nick Saban isn't planning on keeping freshman phenom quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in bubble wrap for a season as a redshirt.
Of course there was always golf to be played on day two. The results have been feeble, but the lot has been cast in the division over and over. "Nobody we're playing is backing up".
"It came out of the blue", Stoops said. "I've sat in meetings with him and, believe me, I like his demeanor".
We cannot predict how the rest of SEC Media Days will transpire.
"Well, I mean, obviously they're on the top". That's why it's time to start holding coaches accountable. "There are a lot of lessons to be learned in any athletic competition, but football - because of the number of participants and number of people who can contribute - is phenomenal".
First of all, that quote is a beauty.
"If you don't, that's on you", he said.
Babers is the daughter of Dino Babers, the current Syracuse football head coach and a former Texas A&M assistant.
The Tigers have been on a roller coaster in Gus Malzahn's four seasons - 7-1 in the SEC in 2013, 4-4 in 2014, 2-6 in 2015 and 5-3 last season. Chubb, who was returning from a serious knee injury, ran for 1,130 yards and eight touchdowns.
"That's very true", Shaw said. It's the same for everybody. It's been held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - Wynfrey Hotel since 2001. They have to stay on in the buffer zone on the sideline. "It was funny how that went", said Ron Shead.
"We're definitely using the motivation, and we're not letting small things slide", said defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.
"Whether you win or lose, we are always trying to self-assess". "Alright, so it's like me saying, 'Somebody said it's going to have a hurricane outside today.' Is that right or wrong?"
Outside league play, the SEC no longer possesses the stranglehold it had on the national championship entering this decade.
It's clear the rest of the league - like the vast majority of programs - has been lagging well behind Alabama.
Ever the sound-bite factory, ol' Nick has even fashioned himself an appropriate catchphrase, one he trotted out like a campaign slogan again and again Wednesday. The thing is: Bama was the reigning national champ at the time. But is Saban and Alabama good for the SEC? Can anyone catch the Crimson Tide?