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That Sal Sunseri was a much better linebacker coach than Lance Thompson? I know we don't have a Hightower or Upshaw this year, but our linebackers just don't seem as dominant to me. Wondering if I'm the only one thinking this.
I agree. Sal was a very, very good position coach. Jury is still out on Lance. DePriest has not been what I thought he would be this year. Above average, but I thought he would be the next great one. Not there yet.
I hadn't seen it mentioned and was just wondering if I was the only one. I think Sal did a good job recruiting too.
If you're suggesting that Saban brings back Sal and bumps Lance out, that's not going to happen. If/when we have a defensive coaching vacancy, I wouldn't be surprised if Sal isn't Saban's first choice.
It's my understanding that LT was brought back to the Capstone to fill Sal's position, but to also strengthen our recruiting efforts in advance of Kirby leaving for a head coaching opportunity, after this season.
Do I think Sal is a better developer of ILBs? Absolutely. Yet, I feel our lack of dominance in the middle as more to do with Hightower's departure, than a lack of coaching.
I thought the impact on our linebacker play when we hired Sal was large and immediate. I saw it most in the pass rush, but we also improved in defeating blocks and in contain discipline.
LT is a great recruiter and Saban must think highly of him or he would never have been hired twice, but I would kick LT to the curb in a heartbeat if I thought we could hire Sal back.
Based on UT's results this year, I would not want him as DC, which is somewhat surprising. I assumed he would make an excellent coordinator. I'm not sure I understand what has gone wrong up there. I mean -- I can see that they are out of position and not tackling well, but I don't know why. I never saw that kind of thing out of Sal's linebackers at Alabama.
I'm not suggesting anything. Was just wondering if everyone else was in agreement.
I don't know what happened to UT this year, I'm not sure it was Sal's fault. I think he needs more than one year for evaluation though. Maybe lack of talent?? I honestly don't know.
More than lack of talent going on. They have gotten worse as the season has gone on. No way some of that is not a reflection of coaching imho.
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I thought the same thing as well.
Lets b honest here. There was a huge difference in performance and technique when LT left and sal came to bring a more detailed coaching to the LB corp. not saying it wasn't because of the experienced talent that was already here, but u could just tell a difference is all ill say. I will also add that we r still a pretty damn good unit even tho ALL of our expectations have been skyrocketed to an almost impossible feat. RTR
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The comment that Sal made about the linebackers after he arrived at UA still puzzles me. Said he had to "coach the Thompson" out of the linebackers.
No. Sal is a great defensive coach, regardless of his time at UT. I would love to have him back.
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We aren't nearly as athletic as we were which prolly makes it hard to judge.
2011 had more exp. Which led to better team defense.
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