True, but nobody said he was or would be. He'll probably never be as good of a passer as AJ. Heck, he's not even as good of a passer as Tua. But we don't ask him to be the best passer in the country. We ask him to be able to make the big plays, be it in the air or on the ground, with the game on the line and to not make mistakes, and he's way more than excelled in both areas. He's come through in the clutch when we've needed him and he's only turned the ball over once all year. That's pretty dang good. By just about any standard you could possibly use, he is a great QB.
I bet those LSU fans leaving the stadium are so glad that they fired a guy who had won a National Championship, won 2 SEC Championships, and averaged ~10 wins a season and hired a guy who doesn't even have a winning record as a HC.
To be fair, Rocky Top is a fairly catchy song.
Frankly, it's pretty dang hard to stand tall in the pocket when your offensive line is getting abused by the defense like ours was by FSU. I mean, on 99% of those plays where he "extended the play or took off, he was running for his dang life. If he had tried to stay in the pocket, he would have been sacked. The blame there lies with FSU for having that good of a defensive line.
Well, he didn't really get a chance to show how much he improved because FSU was abusing our offensive line on every play and Jalen was forced to spend the whole game running for his life.
Well, in terms of quarterback development, we were able to take somebody who had next to no talent as a QB and had been kicked around from position to position as an Athlete before temporarily settling in at RB until he was called to be a back-up QB because we didn't have one and turn him into a QB who set a few records at Alabama in his one season as a starter. And if you want to talk about 5 star QBs who went to Alabama and then crashed and burned, there are two in recent history: Phillip Sims (beat out by AJ McCarron) and Blake Barnett (beat out by Jalen Hurts, remains to be seen if he truly crashes and burns or if he is able to make something out of his career).
Does Alabama have nation’s best running backs? Hard to argue otherwise after watching this hype video
This was also just with two of our backs, and I have honestly seen much better highlight videos of the two.
Um, were you watching the same A-Day Game as everybody else? Jalen was on point and very accurate on the vast majority of his throws. Heck, even his interception wasn't even entirely his fault. Granted, it wasn't that good of a pass, but it wasn't that bad of a pass either. It flew right past the TE's head. If the TE would have been paying attention, the worst case scenario is that he would have dropped the ball and it would have been incomplete. Overall (and especially on the deep ball), Jalen looked a lot more polished as a passer. I do not understand where you got him being "hurried, confused, and off base". I mean, granted, there were a few times where it was obvious that he wanted to take off running, but instead forced him to stay in the pocket because of the nature of the scrimmage. But that was only a few plays.
Don't forget the Five Star Hearts.
Quick correction: our '09 team isn't the only team to win 14 games in a season. We won 14 games this year. Also, I would have to say that our '11 team was better than our '09 team.
Therein lies the problem- it was one season. The others, for the most part, had extraordinary careers.
*Brian Daboll. Also, the reason why Sark isn't returning as our OC next year isn't because we ran him out. Heck, he was our guy and I was (and I'm sure most Bama fans were, as well) really looking forward to him being our OC. He left because he got offered the Atlanta Falcons OC job. Also, really? No mention of Canada for LSU? The guy has a near 100% different offensive philosophy from what LSU has had in the past with the likes of Cameron. LSU's offense will probably have the biggest transformation out of any unit in the SEC.
*The Citadel. Is it really so hard for sports writers to use the definite article?
I mean, I'm sure Franks has a good arm and all, but if you're going to write an article about him showing off his strong arm and then post a video of him throwing the ball in practice, you'd generally want to post a video actually showcasing his talent, not one of him making a throw that almost anybody could make. I mean, if you can't make the throw in this video (especially during something as simple as spring practice), then you really don't need to be a QB.
Yeah, the writer obviously didn't graduate from Vandy.
It'll probably be Harris who takes the start, unless we start the game with the ball near the goal line. We'll probably use our RBs in the same manner that we did last season. Harris and Jacobs are too good to just toss aside to give Scarborough the workhorse share. Also, we got Najee Harris coming in, so we'll have to see where he will fit in on all of this. I wouldn't be too surprised if we don't have a RB reach 1000 yards because of how much we'll distribute the carries among all the extraordinarily talented RBs we have (that being said, however, I do expect us to have at least one 1000 yard rusher).
Well, first and foremost, I trust Saban and I know that he knows a heck of a lot more about this than I do. However, in my personal opinion, I'm not a huge fan of this move. First reason is the kind of offense he'll probably want to run. He'll probably be more of a pro-style kind of guy, whereas I think we need to stick with a multiple that's kind of more Kiffin-esque. In addition, I don't think we're really set up to run a pro-style offense. Jalen just plain and simple isn't a pro-style quarterback and I would not feel comfortable handing the reigns to Mac Jones. Second, I would feel a lot more comfortable with someone who has successful college experience. Daboll has been a OC for a few seasons in the NFL, but none of them were very successful. Third, we need someone who can develop Jalen, and Daboll doesn't seem to have any experience developing QBs. This is just my personal opinion, however, and as I stated before, Saban knows a heck of a lot more about this than I do.
Alabama should definitely be under the "better" section. Yes, we just lost our OC that we hired to replace our last OC, but there's no reason to be worried about that. Saban will find someone to replace him. On top of that, we're returning a lot offensively. If Jalen Hurts improves as a passer (which he should), our offense can be scary good next year.
I don't think anybody's predicting a big drop off for us. At this point, I'm pretty sure most people know better than to think we'll take a major step back.
I highly doubt that Alabama would be willing to pay him more than he's making right now and pay for his buyout. We could get a lot of other people who are arguably better for that money.
Heck no. Plain and simple we do not want that piece of garbage.
Well, it looks like Alabama is finally last in something.
He's going to have to sit out a year, but he's probably hoping to be able to earn a scholarship next year and be in the mix for playing time.
Cupcakes for everybody: The SEC’s worst out-of-conference matchups for 2017 (and who they should play)
"The" is capitalized in "The Citadel". Also, to be fair to Mercer, Samford, Wofford, Chattanooga, and The Citadel all made it to the FCS Playoffs. So four of their losses came to FCS Playoff teams and the other one came to a halfway decent FBS team (Georgia Tech). As far as FCS schools go, they aren't bad by any stretch, they just had the misfortune of playing in a conference that was good enough to place four teams in the playoffs. However, that being said, they are still way out of their league against Alabama.
I have a strong suspicion that Locksley might be our next OC once Sark leaves and that this move was made to keep him around until then.
Quite frankly, yes. Since 2010, Auburn has won 2 SEC Championships, won a BCS National Championship, appeared in another BCS National Championship game, and played in the Sugar Bowl. In that time, Georgia has appeared in one SEC Championship game. Now granted, a very strong argument can be made that there was a whole lot of luck involved (and honestly, I would tend to agree), but that just means they've lucked their way into being an upper level SEC team. However, any way you look at it, being Auburn's OC is a heck of a lot better of a job than being UConn's OC.
OK, I highly doubt that UConn could be able to just steal away a coordinator from an upper level SEC school. I'm guessing that Gus might have been trying to gently show him the door. There is no conceivable way that Auburn would lose a coordinator to UConn if they really wanted to keep him.
Also, he shouldn't have hired someone because of what his father did. Not him, but his father. And hiring him apparently shows a lack of integrity. Now, if he had hired Art, he would have some ground for trashing Kiffin. But if Art were to have gotten an OC job somewhere in the SEC, I highly doubt this author would have so much as sneezed.
OK, so Alec Morris takes a team that finished 1-11 last year to a bowl game, and he gets a death threat for having a great game in what was ultimately a loss to an Army team that is actually pretty good this year. First off, I don't care how you look at it, you don't threaten someone over freaking football. Second, c'mon, he had a good game. 26 of 38 304yds 3tds 1int. That's pretty good. Third, he led a crap team to a bowl game. Give the guy some credit.
While Washington is a very talented team and has earned their spot in the playoffs, I don't understand how you can say they're more talented than the Clemson team we faced last year.