Nick Saban, Les Miles coaching styles show ‘there’s more than one way to skin a cat,’ says Kyle Williams, who played for both at LSU _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban, left, and LSU head coach Les Miles chat at midfield prior to the first half of an SEC football game between LSU and Alabama on Saturday Nov. 3, 2012, in Baton Rouge.

Defensive lineman Kyle Williams, now with the Buffalo Bills, got an up-close and personal view of both current LSU head coach Les Miles and former head coach Nick Saban when he played for LSU from 2002 to 2005.

In an appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show on the SEC Network, he was asked about the similarities and differences between the two coaches.

“When you look at them, it just shows that there’s more than one way to skin a cat,” he said, “guys who are both hugely successful but pretty different on the coaching scale.”

As for Saban, current Alabama head coach who coached the Tigers from 2000 to 2004: “Very demanding. I think, kind of, what everybody sees is what you get. He expects the best out of you; he demands the best out of you.”

“Coach Saban is really on his business all the time. You know what to expect.”

That contrasts with Miles, who took over the job in 2005: “Les can kinda let his guard down, and kinda hang loose a little bit more, I would think, than Coach Saban.”

As for similarities, “Like I said, both hugely successful. They always have some of the best assistant staffs in the country. And obviously recruit the best players in the country.”