Alabama's Defensive Coordinator Kirby Smart is the highest paid of all of Coach Saban's assistants. Who is No. 2? If you guessed Offensive Coordinator Jim McElwain you'd be wrong.
Offensive Line Coach Joe Pendry earns $450,000 per year ($40K more than McElwain) and if you've seen the dominance of his charges on the field over the past two years you'll see why. Chase Goodbread has a great article today looking at this very behind-the-scenes coach and how fundamentally important he is to both the success of the offense and the Process as a whole.
OTS has already pointed out that to win in Columbia today Alabama will have to "dominate in the trenches." Here's a great look on how the Crimson Tide have prepared to do that.