I doubt he's that naive, I think early on he had some sort of a dream that Golding would be his next Kirby Smart... and if that was the case he'd also be a perfect successor.I am afraid he will as well...............still too stubborn to see the problem with Golding
Instead what he got is someone with a drinking problem who turns out to be one of the worst defensive coordinators to ever run his scheme. But, no one wants to hire him away and he's a good recruiter. So I think Saban thought that continuity and recruiting are good enough.
And... that is kind of true. Alabama won a championship with Golding (and one of the best offenses ever in college football). They almost won last year with Golding. So to me it isn't that he doesn't see the problem, he's just willing to accept it. I would say the same goes for a lot of posters here, some of whom still dare not speak ill of Golding despite the glaring issues.