Former Alabama quarterbacks Blake Barnett and Cooper Bateman criticized their former coach, Nick Saban, in a story published by ESPN last week, saying they were put off by the way Saban handled the Crimson Tide's 2016 quarterback quandary.

Blake Barnett (now at Arizona State) and Cooper Bateman (now at Utah), recently said they were as "surprised as anyone else" when then-true freshman Jalen Hurts got the bulk of the playing time in last season's opener and cemented himself as the starter the rest of the season, according to a report by ESPN.

That's now how Saban sees it.

"I tried to do the best job that I could to tell them exactly how we were going to play the quarterbacks and the opportunity that they had," Saban told ESPN.

"We try to give everybody a fair chance, you know, to win the position," Saban said. "...You can't make everybody happy."

After the duo opted to transfer, Saban's reaction left Barnett reeling, he said.

Saban, on a radio show, bashed the players' decision to leave the program.

"It was kind offensive that he would go out and bash a 20-year-old," Barnett told ESPN. 

Alabama opens the season Sept. 2 in a high-profile game against Florida State at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Click here to read more of Saban's interview with ESPN.