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Anybody worry bout what Saban said
A few excerpts from the article:
"In many ways, Alabama escaped last season as national champions. The Crimson Tide were a one-loss team with their fair share of holes. It wasn't perfect -- it was just good enough, ahead of the field by a length or two and great at the right moments.
Many of the same issues that beleaguered Alabama remain to this day, arguably amplified by 11 starters packing up and heading to the NFL. If coach Nick Saban thought last season was difficult, he's got an even more challenging task ahead of him.
Deion Belue, Milliner's counterpart at cornerback, was picked on to the tune of 23 completions on 54 attempts. John Fulton, a top reserve, didn't fare much better, surrendering 10 receptions on 21 attempts. It's no wonder that freshman Geno Smith stepped into the role of nickel corner toward the end of the year.
Because of a lack of depth at the position, Saban tried three offensive players there this spring. And though former wideout Cyrus Jones has looked promising at corner, one has to wonder how Alabama will compete against so many three- and four-wide receiver offenses in the fall.
It's no secret that Saban isn't fond of spread offenses like those employed by Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Johnny Manziel ran Alabama's defense ragged and the Rebels gave the Tide all they could handle for three quarters last season.
And a lack of pressure on the quarterback made problems worse. Alabama blitzed less than 35 percent of the time and finished 28th in the country in sacks.
The defense, long the best in the league, is facing a question it never expected: Is it athletic enough to keep up with a changing landscape?"
Wow, guess we were really lucky to win anything last year. Sounds like we had major holes in the team, and still have holes this year. They might even be worse than last year. I thought the defense -- the one that led the entire nation in both scoring and total defense -- was pretty good. Guess I was wrong.
Also, I didn't realize that 14 points and 218 total yards in an entire game (Ole Miss) was giving a defense "all they could handle".
Whew, looks like we're in for a long season. Lulz
The state is the great fictitious entity by which every man believes he can live at the expense of every other. - Frédéric Bastiat
Alex was a bit harsh, lol... you would think Bama is coming off a 3-9 season after reading that...
ETA: I say that to say the teams that gave Bama trouble were pretty good teams in their own right. LSU on the road at night. Manziel won the friggin Heisman (look at what they did to Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl), and UGA was a really good all-around team.
This post was edited by mvenomous1 12 months ago
Yea I got depressed reading it as well. LOL
TRADITION IS THE FOUNDATION GREAT PROGRAMS ARE BUILT UPON.
No worries, mate...
Prlly the best Bama team in the last 1/4 century will be on the field come September...
1960 Les Paul
We do have holes. We have issues.
But none of them are things that can't be fixed. Hell most deals with experience. It sure as hell isn't lack of talent with a new player like maybe under Shula.
With this staff I will take my chances we should be ok.
at LSU 21-17
v. Texas A&M 24-29
v. Georgia* 32-28
Maybe someone else saw a different season than I did, but I wouldn't exactly say we "walked the tightrope." I wouldn't think people would say 2008 Florida walked the tightrope.
My guess is we'll see more of the same in 2013. LSU and A&M will be tough games and the SEC Championship game will be another tight one. Other than that, I think we'll roll right through everyone else, just like 2012.
Yes we had holes, but every team has holes. What some of these "journalists" fail to realize is that our only loss came after the most physical, emotional game of the season at LSU. RTR.
Bama was +3 in point spread for those three games... I know I had a "tight-ropey" type feel in my gut when I was watching them.
Remember, remember the 5th of November...
I am worried about leaders outside of Mosley on the defense. Losing Lester, Williams, Square, and Milliner hurts more from a chemistry and intangibles standpoint. In many aspects this team resembles 2010. The question will be can our offense this year do what our offense in 2010 couldn't do and that is win us games when our defense had lulls. We got a lot of talent, but not alot of experience. I think our defense in 2014 is going to be on par with the 2011 defense with all that talent, but its incredibly young right now and beat up similarly to 2010.
I think one thing people are forgetting about is the fact that CNS , has our game film and a whole year to figure out how to put a stop to "johnny football". I personally do not worry about our team any more as long as CNS is at the helm! ROLL TIDE ROLL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This post was edited by TANKDADDY0 12 months ago
We got plenty of leadership on this team I can promise you that, and will probably be a few more step it up that we don't know about yet, JMHO!
Somebody's a meanie head. :-(
Hmmm....don't really agree with any if that. I think we have lots of experience. 6 returning on offense including a fifth year senior at QB. 7 returning on defense. The two deep I loaded with juniors and seniors that have seen significant playing time. I just don't really think we are that young. We were younger last year.
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