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I'm not sold on there being a Blake Sims package in the back pocket for some special occasion. Obviously our backups are inexperienced and if AJ goes down we've got problems. I think coach Saban is trying to figure out what would work if AJ did go down.
really? thats what Coach likes about it ? who do we play Ole Miss right. well lets see Central Arkansas ran the spread (zone read). Texas ran it. ummm yep Tulane ran it. not certain about UTEP so I'll give you that one by default. thats 75% of Ole Miss games this year they've seen it. i dont think they are spending nights up because UA runs it a few times. what is different about CNS is he runs a pro style offense and yes Lord we might put someone in motion (LoL). we also have a new route tree in our passing game which im certain has not yet been fully implemented. we are different because of our power running game and because these Alabama players are going to shove it down your throat (no homo) for 4 quarters !!! thats what Ol Piss better prepare for.
Most coaches don't waste time on players if they don't believe they have the potential to be special.
The fact that Saban cares enough to get fired up about working with Sims means that he likely sees him as our 2nd best option at QB at this point.
Although I really don't want to find out the answer, if McCarron goes down this year I wonder if we would become a full-time option-read team?
Also I think one thing that is being forgotten is Nussmeier's experience with the zone read. Last season, in Washington he worked with Keith Price doing similar things with him. Blake Sims has a similar skill set. They have worked on it practice. I know because I have seen them work on it in practice with Blake and all of our running backs to get them familiar with actually running the play and the fakes off of it. Honestly, I do not know if we will ever see it in a game but it wouldn't surprise me at all.
I can 'feel' it, watching Blake get more and more snaps, even though they are 'garbage' snaps. You can see that he IS a 'gamer'.
I know Arkansas was whipped, but Blake looked like he was shot out of a cannon on his read-option keeper TD @ Arkansas. We WOULD move the chains if Blake had to be the man @ QB.
With our OL, RBs, TEs, and Blake's 'quicks', he could keep us moving to an appreciable degree, IMO.
I mentioned this back before the season started. You haters gave me hades! Ha. Blake Sims is a high quality backup. The only question over the summer was his passing ability. No doubt Coach Nuss has worked through those issues and the kid actually has a great arm. I feel very comfortable with Blake as the backup. He offers a significant double threat and gives opposing teams something else to think about when he's in the game. As his arm develops, he will become a major weapon for Bama. Kid has major talent and a great head on his shoulders.
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