Ryan believed that Nick Saban hired Lane Kiffin in order to give the offense a shot in the arm. The offensive numbers tell us that Kiffin did that and then some. Considering the uncertainty of the QB position and a few injuries, Ryan graded Kiffin's performance as having exceeded expectations.
Alabama loses some key players going into next season. Losing a receiver the caliber of Amari Cooper is never easy, but Ryan thinks that Cooper's replacement won't come from just one person. Rather it will be by committee. Ryan seemed more concerned with losing three starters on the offensive line. The silver lining is that Cam Robinson is back along with starting center Ryan Kelly.
Ryan seems to be cautiously optimistic for the 2015 season. Having to replace players is never easy, but if anyone can do it, it is certainly Nick Saban.