What Jimbo Fisher said about Alabama after loss to Tide
Alabama thumped Texas A&M Saturday 47-28 at Kyle Field.
Tua Tagovailoa finished 21-of-34 for 293 yards and four touchdowns. The Crimson Tide rolled up 448 yards of total offense. Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond finished 24-of-42 for 264 yards and two touchdowns.
Nick Saban improved to 18-0 against his former assistant coaches.
Jimbo Fisher spoke to the media following the game, and here’s what he said about Alabama:
“First of all, I’d like to say congratulations to Alabama. They’re a very good football team. They played a very good game. They took advantage of all three phases of the game, and that’s why they’re number one. I mean, offense, defense, and special teams, they did the things they had to do and took advantage of some situations in critical moments in the game.”
On Alabama’s TDs on third and long
“Catch and run. They’re skill guys. I mean, they have dynamic guys. They have erasers. I call them erasers. I mean, no matter what you do — throw it short, throw it long, long situation — guys that can erase yards. You’ve got a guy there defensively and you make a tackle, well, that’s good on the board, but they make you miss. And that’s what great players do. And they have great skill guys that can make you miss in space. You’ve just got to get tighter coverages, get more rush. Also, You can only cover those guys so long, so your rush has got to be a big part of that too. And we didn’t get enough pressure on the quarterback either.”
On Alabama’s big punt returns
“What we did on punt return, we were trying to kick the one out of bounds and we left it in bounds. That’s the last one. There’s one — I’m not going to say what happened, but I think we were there to cover it and something happened. And they just didn’t see it.
“Then the other one on the punt was just a complete missed assignment. We just completely had a missed assignment. And we made those adjustments. We were trying to punt the one ball out of bounds. And the other one, we kicked in the middle of the field on the fourth return. One of them, we kicked in the middle of the field.
“And on kickoff return, we weren’t knifing. We weren’t hit. We got a crosser, and it wasn’t crossing. We tried to get that fixed, so we switched it out, and then had a couple double-teams inside. We’ll have to look at the film.”
On Alabama’s offense
“Their skill guys did a great job. They had a good mix, and they threw the ball, made plays, and had to get them on the ground. And we knew that going in. That’s your chance. But you can’t step back. You had to take chances to blitz them and get at them. And they made the plays they had to make. We got a big interception before half, which was very critical, and that deal.”