Kirk Herbstreit discusses potential leadership void in Alabama locker room
Kirk Herbstreit was on the call for Alabama’s Week 2 loss to Texas. Like many across the country, he’ll be paying close attention to how the Crimson Tide respond, not just against South Florida during Week 3, but during the remainder of the season.
Herbstreit, on “College GameDay” on Saturday, mentioned that Alabama was “unsettled” at the quarterback position, recalling the 2 interceptions Jalen Milroe threw against the Longhorns. But the “more glaring thing,” in his words, was how easily Texas was able to “bully” Alabama on the line of scrimmage.
Part of that could stem from a leadership void, Herbstreit said, based on conversations and social media posts from former Crimson Tide players who played on championship-winning teams in Tuscaloosa.
“To me, the secret sauce for Alabama for a long time has been [that] the older players on the team self-police the team,” he said. “They set the example, the standard, as they call it. And for me, who are those players?”
Herbstreit brought up the examples of Will Anderson and Bryce Young from recent Alabama teams, despite their different leadership styles. Going back further, he invoked examples of Rolando McClain, Ryan Anderson, Jonathan Allen, and Daron Payne.
“They didn’t fear Coach Saban. They feared those guys and those consequences if they didn’t live up to the standard in practice, and then the games took care of themselves,” he said. “So I just want to see, how do you fix that? That’s not, ‘just put this guy in, and OK’. That’s in the fabric of the team. So somebody better step up and be ‘Ro’ McClain.”