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|Game notes: Bama vs AU
First: Congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the victory. This was a hard fought victory which is representative of a great rival game.
Offense: Bama quietly put up 465 yards of total offense (179 passing and 286 rushing), however this game was kept close because of Bamaís inability to finish drives in the red zone. Bama, cut back on the negative plays this game and only had 3 tackles for losses. As far as 3 and outs they only had one, but this only happened because of the pass interference call against Stewart. For plays of 10 plus yards, Bama had 6 runs and 5 passes that covered that distance. Scoring touchdowns was the problem. Both touchdowns came from outside the red zone. They only go into the red zone twice and settled for field goals both times. This is extremely bad since they had the ball on the 1 yard line and it was second down. They had 3 field goals from outside the red zone.
QB: Coker made some great plays and he made some not so good plays. The scramble for the touchdown was a great job keeping his eyes down field and finding the open rec. Also the throw deep to Ridley was thrown where the rec was the only one to make the play. He has a tendency to guide the ball when throwing the wide rec screen to the right. Some of his misses were way off the mark and was fortunate one of those throws wasnít carried back to the house for the TD. Defensives have started giving up backside pursuit on the boot unless they are completely sure the running back has the ball and taken this play away. There was also a time where I thought he could have checked the ball down to Henry, but I am not sure because of the angle of the tv shot.
RB: Henry had a great game. Even when there was contact in the backfield he generally gained positive yards. Pass blocking was ok, but could be better. I am going to say here another running back is going to have to step up and take some of the pressure off of Henry.
REC: Ridley and Stewart were the main targets for the day. Most of the passes were short. I guess Bama doesnít trust the pass blocking of the OL. They made some big catches on balls that were not on the money. I do think they need to do a better job blocking on the wide rec screens. They were also beat on the toss down in the red zone.
OL: They did a pretty good job especially when running the ball right at them. There were no sacks, but some of this had to do with Cokerís scrambling. They got to the second level several times and made some very good combo block. They did miss one combo blocks that was crucial when Jackson looked inside and the threat was outside. The TE got blown up on the goal line where Bama had a 2nd and 1 from the 1. This is an area where Bama has to improve, the blocking TEís.
Defense: The defense play a solid game. They gave up 260 yards of total offense, 91 rushing and 169 passing. We all know 77 of that passing came on 1 play. The bad part is that it was on a 3rd and 12. Bama had 3 three and outs, but one was given another play because of the roughing the kicker penalty. They had a four and out at the end of the game when AU had to go for it. AU tried to attack wide and take a few yards inside to keep them honest. As far as plays over 10 yards, AU had 1 run and 4 passes. I think Bama played a better second half than they did the first. For negative plays I have Bama getting 3 sacks, 4 tackles for losses, and 2 fumbles, one was recovered. This recovery was probably unnoticed since it was on the last play of the game when AU was trying to lateral all over the place.
DL: They played well and all of them contributed. This was a mosh pit and bodies were everywhere.
LB: They were forced to play sideline to sideline and still be a force in the middle. I thought Foster had a very good game.
DB: I thought they played pretty well here. They did give the one deep ball, which should have been knocked down or the rec tackled. It looked like one safety thought the ball was going to be overthrown and was looking to make a diving interception and the other was looking not to run into his own player.
Penalties: Bama had an offensive pass interference call which took away a first down and eventually led to their only three and out. The roughing the kicker was not really a problem. Most of the penalties were overcome by Bama and a couple could have been avoided completely.
Special Teams: They were great all day. I was especially happy for AG on his kicking for the day. He only had one kick off returned the whole day and it was at the end of the game. The 5 field goals were perfect. I just wish he had one more to give a new meaning to kick 6. Scott actually punted too well as he didnít pin AU inside the 20.
Finally: Bama is going to have to get better in the red zone and throwing the ball. With this performance I would not be surprised if the drop a spot in the rankings. If they had finished the red zone appearances there would be no problem.
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15 and counting
|CRS Coach's Corner: Week 13
I wonder if there there are still some echos of Roll Tide Roll to be heard this morning on the Auburn campus. If the volume of Rammer Jammer after the game last night is the indicator, I would say there are still echos of it being heard.
The game yesterday was no different than in most years, it was a typical Auburn/Alabama game, full of energy and big plays that always seems to keep the game reachable for either team to win. Being the favorite in this game doesn't always seem to be the best as it seems to fuel a fire under the underdog that intensifies them to a higher level of play and that is why the Iron Bowl is so competitive every year.
There were many big plays and heroes for Bama yesterday that preserved the victory for the Crimson Tide. Derrick Henry no doubt got the most attention as he put on a show that will never be forgotten in Alabama football history. How can we not say that he is the best running back ever at Alabama because there have been some good ones in previous years? Personally, I think he is the best. His size, speed, lack of injuries, leadership qualities and all have played a role in his success this season. Being the leader of the team is the key to all of his qualities in him being so successful and the reason for the teams success as well. Whether it's on the field or off the field, he sets an example for all the others to follow and this to me is what the process is all about. CNS preaches the process and how important it is for the teams success but if he doesn't have the leader(s), the process never happens, regardless of how good the coaching is.
As I mentioned above, this win wasn't all about Henry as the team as a whole seemed to follow his energy and they played for 60 minutes, which is another of Coach Saban's pet peeves after each game, you've got to finish to win. Coker had one of his better days and it was only fitting because of his childhood dreams of playing for the Crimson Tide and beating Auburn. His performance was matched on the defensive side by the whole unit as they practically shut down the vaunted Malzhan offense which has been a big thorn in the side of the Bama defense the past two years. Then there was my favorite, Adam Griffith. Here is the player that has had to live with an Auburn stigma for two years as being the blame for the now infamous Kick Six play that beat Bama and he was blamed for the loss that day. He also got off to a bad start this year and many Bama fans wanted him put on a rail car and shipped out of town. There were many Bama fans taking his side though and telling the others to have patience that kickers sometimes go through these types of problems but they were very insistent on him being replaced as the kicker as well as the Special Teams Coordinator. I can only smile now that I and some others had the patience and belief that things would get better for the kicker and the special teams unit, never say never.
As is so often, the winner of the SEC Championship is in line with a chance to play for the National Championship and it is no different this year. Bama will have a chance to win yet another NC if they can defeat Florida next Saturday and move on to the four team playoffs. It's got to be an honor for the SEC to be recognized as the toughest conference in the NCAA and the winner of the conference each year has a better than good chance to make the playoffs and play for the National Championship. Hopefully CNS will live for another twenty-five years or so and we can continue our success in the post season play.
If there was a part of the game yesterday that I though marred the image of the game, it was the sideline antics of Auburn Assistant Will Muschamp. College football is considered a game for young men and it's intent is to grow these young men into a respectable adulthood for their years after college. Will Muschamp put on a public display of anger yesterday that looked like it came out of a movie. The look in his eyes as well as the ability to read his lips told me that this man has a severe mental issue and should in no way have any responsibility in teaching or coaching these young men. Hopefully Auburn or the SEC will correct this problem very soon.
Anyway, it's on to Atlanta next Saturday with high hopes of beating Florida and getting another chance to make it to the playoffs and I do like their chance of making it.
These are just some of my opinions and comments and I hope you all will enjoy and share your opinions and comments as well. RTR!!!
|CRS Coach's Corner: Week 12
Playing Charleston Southern yesterday wasn't like what next Saturday's game will/should be but who knows, the score might be similar if Bama plays like they did yesterday. I fully understand that Charleston Southern isn't a Division I school but they are playing for an upcoming championship themselves which means they do something about football and should be respected as such. Bama played played with a lot of energy and discipline yesterday which should help them in getting prepared for the championship run which begins next Saturday against Auburn. The game may have seemed little to some but I thought the team came away feeling good about their execution of handling things on both sides of the football. It was a good day of preparation for the team.
The talk of late has been about running back Bo Scarbrough who has been on the mend of a knee injury and when would he ever get to play more than a couple of snaps. I hope everyone was watching because he got some valuable minutes yesterday and showed what he is very capable of doing for the team. If you put a #9 jersey on him you would probably mistake him for Derrick Henry, big, strong and fast. Bo does bring something that Derrick either doesn't have or has never been asked to do, catch passes. There was a time when Bo wanted to be a wide receiver so that might give you an idea of what he might add to the team coming out of the backfield. I have a better feeling now knowing we have two big men in the backfield and let's not forget Harris, he's a diamond in the rough but he will only get better with time.
The team, as a whole, looked very crisp and sharp yesterday, something that CNS and coaches have all been waiting see happen. It doesn't always matter as to who the team is playing in terms of having good execution, it's all about the mental aspect of the players which permits them to make good decisions during their performance. There are some folks healing up as well which really helps the team's depth at a few positions, nothing like having more troops to fight the battles.
The Iron Bowl is next Saturday and anybody that lives anywhere in the Southern part of the country knows all about this game. It not only affects the football teams and coaches, it affects everybody familiar with the State of Alabama and it's football legacy. Bama has a chance to use the Tigers as a stepping stone this year to #16 and on the other side of the coin, Auburn has a chance to spoil everything for Alabama's championship hopes. There are a couple of bad memories of playing at Shug Jordan and the media and fans across the country don't mind reminding Bama of them, especially the latest one, the Kick Six. What a horrible night that was and I along with a million or more Bama fans are wanting the team to impose some heavy beat down on the Tigers this Saturday. But in all reality, it's not just about the Kick Six, it's all about beating Auburn one more time, paving the way for one more shot at another SEC title and National Championship #16. RTR!!!
|Game notes: CSU vs Bama
First: Congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the victory. This was a game that was decided before the first snap. You had a bunch of top rated athletes playing against a good team from their division. It was also good to see that Bama did not take this game lightly and played hard.
Offense: Bama put together 403 yards of offense and probably would have been more if they hadnít had the short fields as well as losing 2 offensive possessions because of the punt returns for touchdowns. I have Bama for 2 negative plays the whole day. One was a sack which could have been thrown away by Bateman and the other was a tackle for loss which wasnít blocked well and seem to be some indecision before the play. I donít have Bama having any 3 and outs the whole game. As far as plays for 10+ yards, Bama had 5 runs and 9 passes. Basically they scored at will and did whatever they wanted on the offensive side of the ball. I have them getting in the red zone 5 times and scoring 4 touchdowns. On the other trip they missed a field goal that was taken by Scott. There were 4 touchdowns scored from outside the red zone and 2 of those were punt returns by Jones.
QB: I thought Coker played a very good game. He did miss on the deep ball, but it also looked like the route may have been off. He hit the hot on the corner blitz which helps prevent teams from running it. He threw a dart on the touchdown pass to Ridley. Bateman also played well. Two of his best throws were incompletes. I actually think in a closer game there would have been interference called on the plays in question. His only knock was he could have thrown the ball away on the scramble which would have saved a sack.
RB: They all ran hard. Henry was Henry and it was good that he was able to get out of the game early. I like the way Scarbrough ran the ball. Also, Harris looked pretty good. I think Clark also has potential. The only knock was a couple of missed pass blocking assignments.
REC: The caught the ball well. Nine different recís caught the ball, not counting Henry. The catch by Mullaney was good and a very good example of how to high point the ball as a rec.
OL: They dominated and should have. They out weighted the DL by an average of 60 pounds. This was a great opportunity to make sure you were taking the proper steps and blocking the assignments as you are suppose too. There was a couple of missed blocks on the roll out and I know one was the right guard. The second OL came in and did a pretty good job. I would have really like early on for the coaches to mix in some of the back-ups with the starters and let them work together.
Defense: The defense played well. This seems to be a common theme. The defense only gave up 134 total yards. We also know they were not playing all the starters on the offensive side of the ball. I have the defense for 5 three and outs and a 2 and out. As far as negative plays, Bama had 9 tackles for losses, 2 interceptions and 2 fumbles one that was recovered by Bama. If my numbers are correct they gave up 2 running plays for 10+ yards and 2 pass plays for 10+ yards. The only concerns I had was Bama allowed them to get on the edge when they lost contain and they actually over pursued and allowed the ball carrier to get a few yards. Sometimes this is caused because they want to make a play so bad, they lose their assignment.
DL: They all played well. Not a lot to say here because they outmanned the other team so bad.
LB: With the option they had to play sideline to sideline. I thought Hamilton played well when he was in there.
DB: Most of the day they had to come up and play the option. They did a good job but there were a couple of times when they got cut. On one option, Brown took a bad angle an allowed the QB to get outside. They did give up the big pass play and that was the back-ups who were probably so focused on the run they allowed the rec to get deep.
Penalties: Bama only had two penalties and both of those should have been avoided. One was the call on #15 on the punt return for the touchdown. It was behind the play and all the guy had to do was raise his hands and signal touchdown. The other was the late hit called on Brown when they were far out of bounds.
Special Teams: Griffith looked good kicking the ball. The only real return by the other team was when he had to kick from 15 yards back because of the penalty mentioned above. Jones made a smart play on the first punt return for the TD. Overall they played well on special teams and set a record with two punt returns for touchdowns.
Finally: What I really liked about this game was the opportunity to get many players in the game and get valuable game experience. Plus they got to continue to run their offense and not just run the clock out.
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Tonight was our annual meeting with Bama football analyst John Garcia and as usual, he has more information on recruits than the mind can comprehend in that short of a time frame. John is very educated in what he does and is very good as well.
He gave us a list of Bama's present commitments for 2016 and 2017 and the top remaining prospects for 2016. His job demands having a good memory, loving to travel, and willing to spend as many hours as it takes to get a scope on the recruits.
Being a committed player isn't always what it may seem to be. These recruits have learned the recruiting path and know that they are the guest of honor when on a visit and they will receive lots gifts and attention, which can easily change their opinion immediately. He didn't go into detail about the gifts though but there is a lot of players flipping these days and I'm sure some special treatment was involved in some way. TLC, that's what it's all about. Also the promise of being able to come into a school and play immediately is another. CNS is not one of the coaches that is going to promise a recruit that he will come in and play immediately and that hurts Bama's chances sometimes with a recruit.
After the recruiting report, there were some questions about the coaching changes that are happening now and would it affect Bama in any way. He stated that there is a good chance that some of Bama's coaches would and already be mentioned for some of the vacancies and there's a good chance that some will could leave. All of this is mere speculation though until any of them sign the dotted line on a contract. There were three Bama coaches mentioned from the audience and John didn't deny that those coaches are a hot item on the possible list of changes. They was also a lengthy discussion on the situation at Georgia concerning Mark Richt and Jeremy Pruitt and how that might end up and everyone pretty much agreed that there is a good chance that one or maybe both might leave the program.
Before closing, John stated two things to always remember in the recruiting wars. One is, which school gets the last visit with the player before signing day and the other is family, especially the mother and who she likes.
|Game notes: Bama vs MSU
First: Congrats to the Bama players and Coaches on the win vs MSU. It was a tough battle, but Bama came thru.
Offense: The offense started the game facing tough field position and wasnít really able to get out. The offense had five 3 and out and 1 four and out. The four and out was when they were working clock at the end of the game. MSU loaded the box and forced Bama to try and throw the ball early and was successful. I only have Bama for 7 plays of 10+ yards. This was 3 runs and 4 passes. They only got to the red zone twice in the game and both of them came in the 4th quarter. Too me this is something to worry about. Also, no points came from here. I know they had the big plays but it didnít seem like there was a very good rhythm/consistency with the offense the whole game. As far as negative plays this was one of Bamaís better games. They had 1 sack and 5 tackles for losses; one was slip by the running back. Bama only had 379 total yards, 144 passing and 235 rushing.
QB: I thought Coker played a good game, not a great game. The reason I say this is he missed on a couple of throws. He was not helped by the drops. There were a couple of instances where he missed open recs that would have moved the chains and kept drives alive. The int seemed to be miscommunication between the rec and QB.
RB: Henry was Henry. He ran hard and helped secure the game for Bama with his long TD runs. Prayers go out for Drake on his injury. Now one of the other two, Harris or Scarbrough is going to have to pick up the slack.
REC: They didnít seem to get a lot of separation in the routes, but I couldnít see everything. There were at least 3 drops by Ridley and not all were great throws. Ridley did have the big catch and run for the TD and was aided by the blocks of Drake and Stewart.
OL: MSU made it tough on these guys. I will say again that I think Kelly is too easy to read on his shotgun snaps. MSU also used the delayed blitz a few time. There were 7+ in the box many times when Bama tried to run the ball. The safety was also filling in a hurry. I know Kelly got beat as did Taylor. Kelly caused Coker to be flushed out of the pocket early once. Taylor missed a couple of blocks and was beat off the ball a couple of times.
Defense: This is where the game was one even though they game up more yards than normal. They made stops in the red zone that could have easily changed the outcome of this game. The defense also had to defend the short field in the early goings. They gave up 393 yards which was made up of 304 rushing and 89 rushing. MSU had 4 plays of runs for 10+ yards and 10 passing plays for 10+ yards. The defense did have 9 sacks and 5 tackles for losses. They also forced 2 fumbles and recovered one of them. They also intercepted a pass, but dropped at least 4 other possible interceptions. As far as three and outs, Bama only had 2, but they had one two and out because of the fumble recovery. It looked like MSU was willing to spread the field and work the middle where the LBís had vacated and did this with success.
DL: This is where the pressure on DP came from. Bama rarely had to use blitzes to put pressure on the QB. All nine sacks came from the DL/OB on the LOS. The only negative I saw here was they did allow the QB and others to break contain a couple of times.
LB: They had to play the whole field with the spread, especially the empty sets. This is extremely tough when you have a mobile/running QB like DP.
DB: They did a very good job on not getting cut by the rec from MSU on the wide rec screens. MSU made some plays and the DBís made some plays. The troubling part is that MSU averaged over 13 yards per completion.
Penalties: Bama only had 4 penalties that affected them. The false start on the punt pushed them back even farther into their territory. The PI to me was questionable on Jones and here is why. He had position. I know he didnít look for the ball, but did he try and make a play for the ball, or the rec? Another penalty cost Bama valuable field position on the fair caught punt. Instead of starting at midfield they were back at their own 35. And then there was a holding call on Taylor.
Special teams: Kick coverage was very good all day. The long field goal probably could have been good from another 10 back. The blocked FG was a good job coming of the edge and time well. The punt return was huge because up until that point Bama had done nothing offensively. Yes, Bama did get away with a block in the back on that play. Short punts gave MSU good field positon which the D did not let them take advantage of.
Finally: This game will raise questions about how good Bama is. If MSU had a running game besides DP what would happen. This is what will be compared when you play a Ohio State or even an Oklahoma if it gets to this point. Also, there were a few more missed tackles this game that needs to be cleaned up.
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Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll
15 and counting
|Sunday Morning Coach's Corner: Game 11
I don't think there is anything more exciting than the last few weeks of the regular season of college football and yesterday was one of the reasons why. There were so many games that would make or break the chances of some teams to make the playoffs and a chance at the National Championship. Well, it isn't over just yet either with a couple of weeks left in the regular season and some critical games yet to play. All I can say is, stay tuned because there is more excitement and heartache awaiting some of the teams and fans still in the running for one of those four spots.
Bama versus Mississippi State. It seems that every year when these two teams play each other, it is one of the most physical games of the season. I don't know if the reason is that they are just so close geographically and recruit for each other or what but they really put on a show each time they play their annual game. Yesterday was no exception as the team doctors were very busy on both sidelines administering aid to some possibly season ending injuries, the usual for his game.
Bama started the game as they do so many times, being very methodical and deliberate and seemingly not playing very well at all. After watching Derrick Henry run through the defense of LSU the last game and then watching Bama come out throwing the football yesterday, I could only scratch my head and ask why. I've learned though that patience can be a wonderful thing with this team in trying to out guess the coaches and their reasons for doing what they do. The bad part about this patience though is that sometimes it takes way late into the game before Bama takes control and does what they do best, win. This is really tough on all of us fans.
I must add though that if Derrick Henry isn't the real deal and not the leading contender for the Heisman Trophy, that award is very skewed as some of us have been saying for a long time. This young man came to Bama as a high school phenom and given no chance of failure as a college running back. How well do we all know Nick Saban? Henry played nothing but special teams his first two years and handled that role exceptionally well as he has done since earning his spot as a runningback. So many of these recruits come in and have very little patience in waiting for their turn and end up making very bad decisions, we just buried one of those bad decisions recently. There are others on the team now waiting for their chances and hopefully there will be more like Derrick Henry that come to Alabama in the years ahead. Congrats to Derrick for all of his accomplishments so far this season and hopefully more awards are in the near future for him and his teammates.
Alabama is now where most analyst thought they would be at the start of the season with two games left, leading the SEC West, and the Iron Bowl would be the deciding factor of who would represent the SEC West in the SEC Championship game. It's amazing what the annual Iron Bowl means to the SEC and college football.
Getting back to where we should be now and that is the next game, Charleston Southern. What does this game mean to Bama, as far as a challenge? Probably not that much and I know most fans don't like for Bama to play these tier two schools but I think this is smart scheduling by CNS and staff. It's a known fact that CNS doesn't like open dates in his schedule, he says there is too much time for bad things to happen with an athlete during that two weeks and I'm assuming he's talking about off the field distractions when he says that. The Charleston Southern game should provide a chance for the back up players to get some valuable real time playing experience as well as provide the starters a chance to heal some. With the bumps and bruises that the players got yesterday, the next two weeks should mean a lot heading down the home stretch of the season.
What will the next two Saturdays have to offer for the four spots in the playoffs? I think there is more of what we saw yesterday and what more could us fans ask for. There is plenty of speculation of who these four teams will be, but definitely there are no guarantees. How will Alabama handle their chance of making it to the playoffs? There's a lot of anxiety left for us all so let's enjoy it and root for our favorite team in the weeks ahead with mine being a Roll Tide Roll.
|Bama Basketball: The New Beginning
There was so much speculation from everyone in what to expect from Coach Avery and the team with all of his predictions and guess what, he produced what he had predicted. From the opening tip off until the final horn to end play, this team very different than team that Bama fans had ever seen play at the University of Alabama. I had an idea of what to expect after having seen them practice but you can trust me that the practice didn't show the intensity that they would come out with last night, offensively and defensively.
The first surprise for me was the attendance there last night. I don't know that there has ever been that big of a crowd at Coleman for the first game of the season. Sure it had been hyped up for the past two weeks with Tide Pride offering ticket specials for the game but if any of you know the Bama fan base, it can be very fickle at times and very unpredictable. I think the sellout came up just a little less than a hundred people short of a sellout. Not all of the ticket buyers showed up at the game but the crowd was massive in comparison to the years past.
What did we see last night? Personally I saw a group of hungry young athletes trying to make a statement that Coach Avery can and will give Alabama the chance of a winning and respected program that he promised when he signed on to take the job. It seemed that all of the players were trying to inject their skills to be the leader of this team which is a blessing. In the past few years it seemed that the players on the team were waiting on one of their teammates to step up and be the spark plug or leader that would take them to victories. Not so much last night though as all of the players seemed to inject their energy in a way to be that leader of the team.
I usually never pay that much attention to the stats of a game as each game seems to bring out a different team due to the opponent being played. Each opponent will bring a different challenge for the team defensively and offensively so each game will be different in a way. There is one part of the game though that Bama will have to improve on if they intend on being in that upper class of competition and that is free throw shooting. For most of the game they were shooting about 30% from the line but did improve down the stretch of the game to improve that stat and seal the victory. I'm sure this part of the game will get the much needed attention that is needed. As far as the other parts of their game, I think they looked green in some areas but game to game experience should help that situation.
I'm happy with what I saw, team and fan wise, last night and hopefully this game lit a fire under the team and the attendance and will only get better as the season progresses. Not saying last night's attendance wasn't good but what will the next games attendance be like. They both need each other to be successful so here's hoping the fans will respond as they did last night and support what I think is a bright future for the program.
|Game notes: LSU vs Bama
Before I start the game notes I just want to thank Jamos and Mrs. J, 2Stater, Chechem, and Gil for the great southern hospitality they showed me and my LSU buddy this weekend. We were blind going in since I havenít had the opportunity to go to Tuscaloosa for a game in years. They took care of us from the time we got there until we left. Thanks again and letís do it again.
First: Congrats to the Bama players and coaches for the victory. They had an outstanding game plan going in on both sides of the ball and executed it almost to perfection.
Offense: The offense had an outstanding game. The offense put together 434 yards of total offense. This included 184 yards passing and 250 yards rushing. Bama had just as many first downs in the first half of the game than LSU did the complete game. I have Bama for only 1 three and out the complete game. They also cut down on the negative plays. I have 3 sacks, 5 tackles for losses, and 2 fumbles. Only one of the fumbles was lost. For plays over 10 yards, Bama had 11 runs and 10 pass plays for the game. I have them getting in the red zone and scoring 3 touchdowns and 2 field goals. As we know one of the field goals was outside the red zone which measured 55 yards. One other reason I think this was an outstanding game by Bama was they held the ball almost 19 more minutes than LSU. It also seems that Bama ran the ball to the right more than they did to the left, but I didnít actually count. I looks like there is a new guy for the heavy package.
QB: Coker completed 75 percent of his passes. He made good decision and threw to the open rec. He was hurt by one pass which was dropped that I thought should have been caught. There were a couple of instances where I thought he could have stepped up into the pocket instead of trying to spin out and may have gotten the ball off. One would have given Drake and opportunity to pick up the rusher and maybe get the ball off instead of taking the sack. One of his best plays was where he did step up and get the ball away right before he was going to get hit and completed the pass for a big first down. Now something I didnít notice while at the game but saw on the replay. It seems Cocker was more in control of the game directing the players and being more conscious of the clock. He just looked more in control and confident. There was another play I wanted to mention. In the crucial 4th quarter drive Coker threw the short pass for the first down and he had a guy down field which may have gone for a TD, but if he had thrown it and it was incomplete the ball would have had to been punted.
RB: What can I say here except they both ran extremely well. Henry was a beast and carried the ball 38 times against what was supposed to be a tough defense. Drake looked like the Drake of old. The only flaw was Henryís the fumble, which he made up for when carried the load on the last drive to ice the game. I do wish they hadnít run a couple of those plays and went to victory formation earlier. I will also add here that Nvsewamder had some key blocks during the night.
REC: It is getting to where there are reliable recs all over the field, especially, Stewart and Ridley. Five different players caught passes and there were some key blocks made especially by Mullaney. Others also blocked well which led to the success of the wide rec screens.
OL: I thought they played a very good game. In my opinion they dominated the D line from LSU. They got movement and got to the second level several times. They held their block longer than they have in the past and were down field looking for blocks when they play was run away. I thought this might be Jacksonís best game. In the beginning Kelly held the ball and didnít snap it as soon as he lifted his head and it led to an offsides call.
Defense: They played an outstanding game. They held LSU to 182 total yards, 125 passing and 54 rushing. LSU is used to running for that amount of yards alone in a game. I have the defense for 10 negative plays. There were 2 sacks, 6 tackles for losses, an interception, and a blocked kick. They had 4 three and outs and one 1 and out because of the interception which Bama later put in the end zone. I have LSU only getting 9 plays of 10 + yards and only three of them were in the second half. The tackling by the Bama defense was outstanding. There was also more than one around the ball. One of the key elements was the backside not allowing LF to reverse his field and cut back.
DL: They were beating the O line to the point of attack. They set the edge and force wide runs wider and allowed the run support to show up. Robinson had a hell of a game. I really donít know how many tackles he had, but he seemed to be in the middle of the play a lot of the night. It was a team effort as all players were in on plays at different times.
LB: It looked like they were playing a little tighter to the LOS. They did a great job filling and running to the football. Lee got a lot of playing time because of the scheme and made the most of it. Many times he was the one setting the edge allowing others to come up and make the play.
DB: They tackled well and were not intimidated by the big back from LSU. They came up and made plays when they were called upon. The mistake was when the corner blitz came and the safety allowed the rec to get too close before he came out of his back pedal which allowed the rec to get by for the touchdown.
Penalties: Bama had some penalties. The penalties were pretty spread out. There were 3 defensive, 4 offensive, and one special team penalties. The block in the back on the punt return lost valuable field positon for Bama. In the long run they didnít cost Bama the game.
Special teams: Pretty good most of the night. The good news is Griffith hit the 55 yarder which hopefully has his mind back where it needs to be as a field goal kicker. The bad, another block in the back which cost Bama great field position on a punt return by Jones.
Finally: Bama has to forget this game and move on and prepare themselves for the MSU game. Hopefully, that desire to win it all will now be fueled by the outcomes from this weekend which propelled Bama even further up the polls.
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Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll
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|Sunday Morning CRS Coach's Corner: Game 10
For all of you that didn't get to make it to Bryant Denny last evening, you really missed another LSU/Alabama football classic. I know, most folks these days had rather watch it from home on tv, it is easier and a lot less expensive. For all of us though that did make it to the game, we would have to argue with you about being at the game itself rather than watching it at home on tv because it was really a classic that will be remembered for quite some time. You can't simulate the crowd atmosphere at home like it really is in the stadium.
Bama has been pretty much beaten down by most of the sports analyst this year except for a few of the so called Bama Homers that have a little Crimson blood in their veins. Going into the game last evening, the majority of the experts thought Bama might have a chance with their defense being what it is but still figured LSU would win the game because of hearalded LSU running back Leonard Fournette. Matter of fact some said the Heisman committee could go ahead and give the Heisman Trophy to Fournette after the game because he would dominate the Bama defense as he has done to all the other teams LSU has played this year. Bama was also told that their offense with Coker at QB and the offensive line that couldn't block, was not much of a match for the LSU defense. Bama won a big game against Tennessee last week and something big happened, they pulled out a last minute win that most folks didn't think could ever happen due to the suspected offense. I felt after that game the Tennessee win could and would be the spark that lights a big fire under this team which seemed like all was needed anyway because there is plenty of talent on the team.
That takes us to last night, which Bama team would show up? It didn't take long to find out as Bama came out of the starting gate like American Pharoah, the renowned race horse that won the elusive Triple Crown not long ago. The offensive line blocked really well, the kicking game was excellent, and the defense played like national champions. Sometimes a team can start well but end the game not playing so well but that wasn't the case with Bama yesterday and I think there was a part of the game that kept all that enthusiasm on Bama's side, Derrick Henry. I think the analysts drew the battle line between Bama and LSU with all the brag and talk about how good Fournette is for the last month. All the talk was about Fournette's success this year and how he could and should run through Bama's defense and receive the Heisman Trophy after the game. I think talk woke a sleeping giant known as the Bama defense and a running back named Derrick Henry. Bama couldn't have gotten any better locker room material than the Fournette love affair with the media and there are some very happy players and fans today.
In any case, Alabama has played two good games back to back and that sets the stage for their drive for another National Championship. Most coaches prefer for their team to gradually get better with each game of their schedule and peak at the end of the season and this seems to be just what is happening for Bama. Can they win another National Championship? You bet they can but it will take performances like the Tennesse and LSU games and a lot of desire and dedication moving forward.
Bama has two tough games remaining on their regular season, Mississippi State and Auburn, to make it to the SEC Championship and they are both road games, something that Bama has handled very good this year. Maybe we can hire some of the sports media to break out some more locker room material for those two games to keep the momentum going for the team. There's a lot at stake in the next few weeks for the team as they have played up to their goal for their season after the bad loss to Ole Miss earlier in the year. They were given a reprieve of that loss yesterday with the much needed loss by Ole Miss to Arkansas. Everything about the team moving forward is how well does the team do on and off the practice field to keep that keen edge that they have now. They don't need any unwanted distractions such as injuries and suspensions happening anytime soon which I'm sure worries the heck out of the coaches. Hopefully enough maturity has happened during the season with the players that will eliminate any disciplinary issues and injuries are something is totally uncontrolled, we just need to be a little lucky there.
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|Date: ||Sept. 3, 2016|
|Time: ||7:00 PM CT|
|Location: ||AT&T Stadium|
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