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Game notes: Bama vs OM
Written by hscoach
Comments: 43
Posted under: The Quad
First:   The first thing I want to say is my prayers go out to KD.  It will be a great loss for Bama going forward.  Second congrats to Ole Miss for their not giving up.  To Bama, this is a game you gave away by making too many mistakes at crucial time.

Offense:   The offense made too many mistakes in crucial time of the game to win the game.  They put up 396 yards of offense.  They ran the ball effectively but dug themselves holes too often.  They missed crucial block on 3rd and short D Ball as well as OJ Howard.  They had drops that would have kept the drives alive.  They only had 4 tackles for losses, one sack, and an int.  They only had 2 three and outs while having at least 3 runs for over 10 yards and 6 completions for over 10 yards.  There did seem to be a couple of blown opportunities when watching the replays, but they donít show the complete field.   Some sad facts here, Bama had a first and10 on the 19 going in and had to settle for a long field goal because of penalties and plays.  They should have had a 1st on the 18 going in on the last drive, but a penalty negated this.  It also looks like the offense is giving the screen away too soon on some of the plays.  They had to waste 2 timeouts on offense which could have been crucial in the final drive.

QB:  Sims made plays, but also missed on some plays.  It looks like on the drop by OJH that C Jones was open over the top for probably a TD.  Now this was not showing he complete field, so someone may have been over the top of CJ.  The 2nd was when he threw to Vogler, it looks like Cooper is open deep for the TD.  Again same thing as before could not see the whole field.  I also thought Sims feet got a little happy too early.  There is a play when Sims didnít throw the ball away and I think this was because there was a screen called and he would have had men down field.  He would have had to throw it to the feet of the RB.  I do think if he had thrown the ball out to OJH left instead of a little behind he would have had a better chance for the ball.

RB:   TJY played well. He gained over 100 yards and this was against a tough D.  I wonder if Henry didnít get a little banged up because he wasnít used late.  It may have been just because of the way TJY was playing. 

REC:  AC was the main focus of stopping the passing game.  OJH had a big catch, but also made many mistakes, 2 holding calls.   Vogler missed a crucial block on a 3rd down and 1 play as did Ball when Bama had him at a TE position.  There were a couple of times when it looked like the routes by recs were not run hard and at times it didnít look like they adjusted to the scramble very well.

OL:   By looking at the negative plays the OL had a pretty good game.  There were a couple of busted assignments one by the right guard.  This was a big 3rd down play before the half that could have kept a drive alive.  The new center put the ball low and makes the QB take his eyes away from the D which hurts in his reads.

Defense:  The defense made bad coverage mistake that hurt Bama in the game.  The defense had 10 tackles for losses, 1 sack, a blocked PAT, and a fumble recovery for a TD.  They had 3 runs of over 10 yards and 8 passes for over 10 yards.  In all honesty, the play should have been negated by the facemask penalty.  They had 1 three and out and 1 4 and out.  This is not counting the 4 play drive for a TD or 3 play drive for a TD.  The D did a good job on the first drive holding them to a field goal.  There were some missed tackles, especially in the 4th quarter that would have put Ole Miss behind the chains.   

DL:    I thought they did a good job stopping the running game.  Many times, and this is how DD got hurt, the DE came in and took on/out the pulling linemen and stuffed the play.  They were just a step short on getting to the QB, but many throws were quick. 
 
LB:  Both LBís had some difficult times.  First, RR doesnít adjust with the motion which should have cost Bama.  Second TD went too flat on the long pass to the TC for the long gain in the second half.  RR did have some big hits on the OM running back and QB. 

DB:   Here was a major problem.  They seem to be extremely confused on who had who on the trips bunch package.  This cost Bama the most in the game.  Ole Miss threw at least 5 back shoulder throws and completed 3 of them.  On the bubble screen Jones went inside and allowed them to get the edge instead of fighting thru the outside should and forcing the player back inside where his help was.

Penalties:  In my opinion this is where the game was lost.  For example Bama had a 1st down on the 19 yard line going in and ended up kicking about a 46 yard field goal.  They had a 1st down on the 18 going in on the last drive have a holding call and have then have a 2 and 13 at the 32.  They still had time and didnít have to force the ball into coverage. There were also times when Bama would start 1st and 15 which is harder to overcome.  I am not sure, but I would bet most of the penalties where in the second half.  There were penalties on special teams.  A big one was the block in the back which negated a nice kickoff return by Cyrus Jones.

Special teams:   The first couple of kick offs hurt because of not giving the coverage team time to get down there.  When the ball was kicked high they covered well.  There were two missed field goals from 46 and 51 yards.  The big play was the fumble on the kickoff return when Bama should have had good field position because of the Ole Miss penalty. JK Scott did a great job changing field position and averaged over 50 yards a kick.  I know it is only 5 yards, but there was a penalty on delay of game on one punt.

Finally:  Bama mistake came back and caused them to lose to a good football team. These mistakes led to 2 touchdowns in the last 6 minutes.  They did give themselves a chance to win, but made more mistakes on the final drive. 

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
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John Garcia Jr talks recruiting and Bama football with REC
Jamos
Written by Jamos
Comments: 6
Posted under: The Quad
As is with most recruiting analysts, they have tons and tons of information on every high school athlete in the country and John Garcia was no exception. I wish I had come away from the meeting tonight with some solid information about who Bama will sign this year but that isn't the case at all, you could probably use a Ouija board and be more accurate about who signs where. He explained there are some that are committed that won't be changing their minds but there will always be some that play the "flipping game" just to get their name on the sports news. John had a lot of info on the recruitment of Blake Barnett and is really impressed with what he will bring to Bama football. He will graduate from his high school in December and enroll at Bama in January. 

John did have some interesting bits of info on this years team though which did make the evening a little more bearable. He was asked about the status of Marlon Humphrey and was quick to say that Marlon's problem with not playing more is that he came to Bama knowing he was a 5 star recruit and should have realized that a player isn't given a spot on the team, he has to earn it. He did talk about the success of Blake Sims this year and how he has changed the whole philosophy of Alabama football. He explained that CLK is the genius behind all of this and his career just might be starting now even though he has already been a head coach elsewhere. He was asked how long he thought CLK would coach at Bama and he answered with at least 2 years but that isn't saying that he would be leaving after 2 years. Who knows what can happen from year to year in the coaching circles.

John explained that there are still chances of a player or two from Bama that might flip to another school but there are also some good chances of players that have commited to other schools that will flip to Bama but that will all happen during the latter stages of the recruiting year.

If there was one kid out there though that I would be willing to bet on where he will play his college football it would be Blake Barnett. He is locked in on his decision and doing some heavy recruiting in trying to get others to come with him to Bama.

Re: Game notes: UF vs Bama
Peewee from Grand Bay
Comments: 34
Posted under: The Quad
First:   Congrats to Bama for the win.  Bama won the game despite giving up 21 points because of turnovers. 

Offense:   The offense put up 645 yards of offense against UF.  Again, I thought CLK called a very good game.   The best example was the first play of the game.  They put up this much offense and had 12 negative plays during the game.  They had 7 tackles for losses, 1 sack, 3 lost fumble, and an interception.  They only had 1 three and out.  They did have 3 one and outs.  Two were long touchdown passes and the other was a fumble.  They got into the red zone 5 times and scored 4 touchdowns, while the other was a turning over the ball on downs while not running up the score.  In the first half Bama had 1 run for 10+ yards while in the 2nd half they had six for 10+ yards.  In the first half they had 7 pass plays for 10+ yards and 4 in the second half.  There were 2 touchdowns that came from outside the red zone.   The touchdown drives were 87, 79, 64, 58, 80 and 69 yards.  They did miss one field goal which I will address later.  They also committed too many penalties which I will address later.  I also thought the plays getting to the offense went more smoothly this game.  The way the safeties were filling I expected a little more play action.  This game could/should have been 24-0 at the half.   Ball security is/was an issue that Bama was able to overcome this game.  CLK also called the proper time to run the screens in the 2nd half.  Probably one of the best statistics of the game was Bama gong 12 for 16 on 3rd down.  A couple of these were tough because of penalties. 

QB:  Sims completed 70 percent of his passes and with the long ball averaged almost 14 yards per throw.  He threw the deep ball well yesterday.  I thought one of his best throws was the fade to AC that was disallowed because of the illegal formation.  There was one play that Sims should have checked down instead of trying to force the ball to AC.  However, AC almost made a heck of a catch.  The simple throw would have gotten a first down.  Sims also held on to the ball too long once which led to a sack.  Coker came in and finished off a drive for a TD without warming up, but Bama had the running game working by then.  I do think this late in the season Coker shouldnít have to run to the sideline to get the play. 

RB:   The running back ran hard and were hit hard by the filling LBís and safeties from UF.  There is rarely a time when one player alone brings down a Bama back.  There were a couple of times TJY did a great job pass blocking.  First, he helped when it looked like CR was losing his player.  The second was on a blitz where he actually blocks two players with one block.  He actually knocked one player into another stopping their rush.  I know KD fumbled, but did you notice his breakaway speed on the first pass play.  He was leaving the UF player who probably thought he had the angle on him.  One of the knocks I have with the Bama running backs is where they have the ball on the inside instead of moving it to the outside arm.

REC:  Again, AC was the main target.  I am not sure any player can jam him on the LOS.  I really like the way the Bama rec catch the ball in front with their hands.  They donít let the ball get into their body very often.  Big day as OJH got his first 2 catches.  I also hope you noticed the hustle by Howard when he tried to run down the UF player on the fumble return for a TD.  The knock here was there were a couple of missed block by BV which led to tackles for losses.

OL:   The OL had a pretty good game even with the 8 tackle for losses.  There were a couple of missed assignment, one which help lead to a fumble.  That being said they still help account for 645 yards.  The only sack was not the OL fault, you can only pass block for so long and the defender came from the backside with Sims rolling right.  I think it would help keep the DL hands down if the OL would attack the player who stops his rush.  This would have to be done in a controlled manner.  One sack when you try to throw the ball 35+ times is pretty good.  At this point I think,, and I could be wrong, that all sacks could have been avoided by the QB.  Another reason I think Bama had a good game on the OL was because of how physical they were.  How many DL/LB went out of the game for a period of time? 

Defense:  The defense only gave up 200 total yards.  Many times they put pressure on the QB rushing 4.  It is amazing how much better your coverage becomes when you get pressure on the QB.  The UF offense only averaged 3.6 yards per play.  Also, the defense came up with 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery.   With the two TD drives, they started on Bamaís 31 and 16 yard line.  They also had to defend short field because of a short punt and a fumble to begin the 2nd half.  If my count is correct, they only brought more than four 15 times.  When doing this they really didnít get hurt by the offense.   They did get hurt because of a busted coverage in this situation.   I also think Bama did a better job tackling this game. 

DL:    Again they did a better job putting pressure on the QB with only 4 rushing.   I thought Reed had a good game along with Devall.  I also think the outside rushers are doing a better job pushing up field before coming inside and not losing contain.  They did lose contain once on a running play when, I think it was Allen, got hooked. 
 
LB:  I thought both DePriest and Ragland had good games.  They had to play both run and pass with the mobile QB.  Both were involved with big hits and made plays outside the box.

DB:   As I stated earlier it is amazing how a good pass rush helps your coverage.  Bama came up with 2 picks.  The first was because of pressure causing the ball to be overthrown.  The 2nd was a good job of Collins playing a robber technique in the secondary.  They came up and supported the run well.  There were 2 things I think need mentioning.  First, the players who played for Perry did well and Brownís first start was a success.   

Penalties:  Bama had too many penalties this game.  They had to overcome some to score touchdowns.  They also were in the red zone which needs to be fixed.  Too many times Bama started out 1st and 15.    Most of the penalties were on the offense, while 1 was on special teams and another on the defense for pass interference. 

Special teams:   The kick off cover team did a great job.  UF started on their 25, 23, 36 (penalty aided), 14, 35 (kick out of bounds), 16 and 20.  The coverage was good even when the kick wasnít into the end zone.  On the missed field goal it looked like he just misaligned.  There was plenty of height and distance. 

Finally:  Bama has got to eliminate the turnovers especially when they account for 21 points.  It is very rare that a team gives up 21 points on turnovers and still wins the game.  Not only did they win they dominated.  If they can play this well and overcome the adversity they did in this game, how good can they be if the eliminate those mistakes. 

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
15 and counting


Again a great analysis of the game coach. I am adding my thoughts as well sir. 

Offense: Dead on no other comments needed.

QB's: Blake Sims stepped up to the plate and played his best and most complete game to date!! Touch on the long passes especially the fade down the sideline to Amari were outstanding!! Plenty of air and distance on them as well as being on time!!! The other's were bullet type dead on the money except just one if I am not mistaken. Accuracy which was one of his skills that needed improvement was Outstanding!!! On the subject of Coker going to the sideline to get the play call I am thinking that may be more of a coaching decision to make sure he has the right play to call, I also think that is what has been holding him back. His pass to Amari for the TD in double coverage was also outstanding!!! It was in the right spot for Amari to go up over both FL defenders and take the ball away. I like the way he came in cold and handled the drive ending in the score!!

RB: It seemed to me that FL game plan was to take away the run and make us beat them through the air which is exactly what happened. As the game progressed and we started dominating the Clock in the second half they got wore down which allowed us that little bit of room needed to get the rushing yards we needed. With the exception of the fumble by Kenyon Drake they all played very well in all aspects of the game.

REC: What else can be said about Amari. He put himself in the forefront of the Heisman talk with this game against the #1  cover corner in the nation!! I will add something else about VH at the end. DeAndrew had another big day as well with his fumble being the only downside. He made plays when they were needed most and was always in the right spot. OJ Howard got into the action as well. Hopefully this will start a trend on getting him a few touches each game.

OL: Well my boys did pretty well overall for the game. Again there were miscues, two snap infractions by RK a handful of false starts. The tackles for loss were not really on them per say. Most of those happen when we tried to run wide but the team speed of a SEC team show up and did not allow us to get to the corners resulting in the losses, and as I mentioned above I think that was FL game plan to take that away.

Defense: Best overall game to date. They played with renewed passion, speed, sense of urgency for the entire game. True Freshman TB made his first start due to EJ not being 100% and did very well recording his first sack of the year. Trey, Reggie and Ruben all play hard and fast and made a huge difference in the game. If they can take this game and improve on it and move forward this could be a very good defense. The next game will be an even tougher test for this group and could be the defining game as to their development into becoming the type of defense we have grown accustomed to seeing at Alabama.

DL: Again this was their best effort to date. They were in the backfield creating problems for  the quarterback and running backs as well. Jaren Reed had a big day and showed us why he was the #1 juco last year on the DL.

LB: As I mentioned above they all played very well and made the plays when they were needed. A great job done by all.

DB: Over all an outstanding job done by this group having to be pressed into action due to EJ and NP being out. I think with just a few miscues they did very very well. Gabrile Washington who gave up the first FL TD on a blown coverage redeemed himself with a front sliding interception to end a FL drive that was headed to the Red Zone. LC pick was a thing of beauty!! Playing the rover spot inside of two deep coverage he watched the qb's eyes and timed it perfectly for the one handed snag.

Special Teams: Kick off coverage was fantastic all day against one of the top return men in the nation. everyone stayed in their lanes and made solid tackles. JK Scott had one bad punt that went off the side of his foot but other than that he did ok.

Penalties: 11 for 80 yds is unacceptable!!  You can bet money CNS will be allover this during the next two weeks.

Overall: Even with the miscues, penalties, & turnovers our team never let any of that bother them. They just back out on the field and played the next down!! Total domination in almost every aspect of the game. If they can keep that type of mindset they had Saturday and " play with the mental toughness to overcome the adversity " I think is how CNS put it we will be in good shape.

I also wanted to add something on Vernon Hargreaves III here, after the game was over and all of his team mates were in the locker room he waited patiently while Amari finished up his TV interview to congratulate him on the game he played. My respect level for this young man increased by 1000% for that class act. It was nice to see that is still alive in at least a few players.

Game notes: UF vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 34
Posted under: The Quad
First:   Congrats to Bama for the win.  Bama won the game despite giving up 21 points because of turnovers. 

Offense:   The offense put up 645 yards of offense against UF.  Again, I thought CLK called a very good game.   The best example was the first play of the game.  They put up this much offense and had 12 negative plays during the game.  They had 7 tackles for losses, 1 sack, 3 lost fumble, and an interception.  They only had 1 three and out.  They did have 3 one and outs.  Two were long touchdown passes and the other was a fumble.  They got into the red zone 5 times and scored 4 touchdowns, while the other was a turning over the ball on downs while not running up the score.  In the first half Bama had 1 run for 10+ yards while in the 2nd half they had six for 10+ yards.  In the first half they had 7 pass plays for 10+ yards and 4 in the second half.  There were 2 touchdowns that came from outside the red zone.   The touchdown drives were 87, 79, 64, 58, 80 and 69 yards.  They did miss one field goal which I will address later.  They also committed too many penalties which I will address later.  I also thought the plays getting to the offense went more smoothly this game.  The way the safeties were filling I expected a little more play action.  This game could/should have been 24-0 at the half.   Ball security is/was an issue that Bama was able to overcome this game.  CLK also called the proper time to run the screens in the 2nd half.  Probably one of the best statistics of the game was Bama gong 12 for 16 on 3rd down.  A couple of these were tough because of penalties. 

QB:  Sims completed 70 percent of his passes and with the long ball averaged almost 14 yards per throw.  He threw the deep ball well yesterday.  I thought one of his best throws was the fade to AC that was disallowed because of the illegal formation.  There was one play that Sims should have checked down instead of trying to force the ball to AC.  However, AC almost made a heck of a catch.  The simple throw would have gotten a first down.  Sims also held on to the ball too long once which led to a sack.  Coker came in and finished off a drive for a TD without warming up, but Bama had the running game working by then.  I do think this late in the season Coker shouldnít have to run to the sideline to get the play. 

RB:   The running back ran hard and were hit hard by the filling LBís and safeties from UF.  There is rarely a time when one player alone brings down a Bama back.  There were a couple of times TJY did a great job pass blocking.  First, he helped when it looked like CR was losing his player.  The second was on a blitz where he actually blocks two players with one block.  He actually knocked one player into another stopping their rush.  I know KD fumbled, but did you notice his breakaway speed on the first pass play.  He was leaving the UF player who probably thought he had the angle on him.  One of the knocks I have with the Bama running backs is where they have the ball on the inside instead of moving it to the outside arm.

REC:  Again, AC was the main target.  I am not sure any player can jam him on the LOS.  I really like the way the Bama rec catch the ball in front with their hands.  They donít let the ball get into their body very often.  Big day as OJH got his first 2 catches.  I also hope you noticed the hustle by Howard when he tried to run down the UF player on the fumble return for a TD.  The knock here was there were a couple of missed block by BV which led to tackles for losses.

OL:   The OL had a pretty good game even with the 8 tackle for losses.  There were a couple of missed assignment, one which help lead to a fumble.  That being said they still help account for 645 yards.  The only sack was not the OL fault, you can only pass block for so long and the defender came from the backside with Sims rolling right.  I think it would help keep the DL hands down if the OL would attack the player who stops his rush.  This would have to be done in a controlled manner.  One sack when you try to throw the ball 35+ times is pretty good.  At this point I think,, and I could be wrong, that all sacks could have been avoided by the QB.  Another reason I think Bama had a good game on the OL was because of how physical they were.  How many DL/LB went out of the game for a period of time? 

Defense:  The defense only gave up 200 total yards.  Many times they put pressure on the QB rushing 4.  It is amazing how much better your coverage becomes when you get pressure on the QB.  The UF offense only averaged 3.6 yards per play.  Also, the defense came up with 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery.   With the two TD drives, they started on Bamaís 31 and 16 yard line.  They also had to defend short field because of a short punt and a fumble to begin the 2nd half.  If my count is correct, they only brought more than four 15 times.  When doing this they really didnít get hurt by the offense.   They did get hurt because of a busted coverage in this situation.   I also think Bama did a better job tackling this game. 

DL:    Again they did a better job putting pressure on the QB with only 4 rushing.   I thought Reed had a good game along with Devall.  I also think the outside rushers are doing a better job pushing up field before coming inside and not losing contain.  They did lose contain once on a running play when, I think it was Allen, got hooked. 
 
LB:  I thought both DePriest and Ragland had good games.  They had to play both run and pass with the mobile QB.  Both were involved with big hits and made plays outside the box.

DB:   As I stated earlier it is amazing how a good pass rush helps your coverage.  Bama came up with 2 picks.  The first was because of pressure causing the ball to be overthrown.  The 2nd was a good job of Collins playing a robber technique in the secondary.  They came up and supported the run well.  There were 2 things I think need mentioning.  First, the players who played for Perry did well and Brownís first start was a success.   

Penalties:  Bama had too many penalties this game.  They had to overcome some to score touchdowns.  They also were in the red zone which needs to be fixed.  Too many times Bama started out 1st and 15.    Most of the penalties were on the offense, while 1 was on special teams and another on the defense for pass interference. 

Special teams:   The kick off cover team did a great job.  UF started on their 25, 23, 36 (penalty aided), 14, 35 (kick out of bounds), 16 and 20.  The coverage was good even when the kick wasnít into the end zone.  On the missed field goal it looked like he just misaligned.  There was plenty of height and distance. 

Finally:  Bama has got to eliminate the turnovers especially when they account for 21 points.  It is very rare that a team gives up 21 points on turnovers and still wins the game.  Not only did they win they dominated.  If they can play this well and overcome the adversity they did in this game, how good can they be if the eliminate those mistakes. 

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
15 and counting

Game notes SM vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 18
Posted under: The Quad
First:   Congrats to Bama for the win.  Bama won, but in my opinion played with little emotion especially in the first half.

Offense:   This was another game where Bama was playing an undermanned team.  The good part is many Bama players got some good game experience.  Bama had 11 runs of over 10 yards while they had 10 pass plays of over 10 yards.  Remember when the ball is thrown behind the QB, it is a running play.  Also those little pitches in front are considered passing plays.   They had 4 tackles for losses and one sack.  I think CLK called his third straight good game, but I also think they had a specific agenda on what they wanted to work on during the game.  If you noticed there were no hitch/wide rec screens this game.  I even predicted them when watching the game looking at the defenseís alignment.  They had TD drives of 70, 80, 38, 75, 68, 99, and 47 yards.  One 59 yard drive ended in a field goal.  They got into the red zone 7 times and had 6 TDís and a field goal.  One TD came from outside the red zone.  The offense did waste great field position, the 50, and had a 3 and out.  The offense scored 21 points in the first half and 31 the second.  They had 2 three and outs and missed a big ball for a TD on one of those.  Bama did throw the ball downfield more and introduced the heavy package.  I believe it was D Jackson, 6í7Ē 320 pounds and he hit the hole hard.  I think the offense got a little slow, but the second half seemed to be smoother.


QB:  I thought both played well.  The both missed a deep ball.  BSís ball was underthrown while JC was overthrown.  They did make some good strong throws.  It looks like the decision making, especially by Sims compared to last year and the spring game, has improved drastically.  The fade route even though not perfect, was put in a position where only the rec could make a play.  A better ball to AC on the reviewed play and he probably scores.  I will also say I thought JC got in for the TD, but Bama went hurry up and didnít get a review.

RB:   I donít have to tell you this, because you know.  Bama is loaded at RB.  The five used yesterday averaged 7.06 yards per carry.  I donít think Bama has had this much talent in the backfield even when they ran the wishbone.  They pass block well and can catch the ball.  I want to mention JF here.  I think he has no fully recovered from the knee injury.  He seems to be playing with more confidence. 

REC:  AC again was the main target, but CJ also caught 4 balls.  The big point here is CJ did not have a drop this game.   

OL:   Since the O put up the 3rd straight game of over 500 yards you can say they did a pretty good job.  I am not sure they were focused early because of a penalty and missed assignment getting off the ball.  There were a couple of 3rd and shorts that Bama did not make because of the OL.

Defense:  The defense gave up 263 yards. They had 4 tackles for a loss and 1 sack. There were 5 three and outs, but his is kind of skewed.   They had one three and out, but the punt hit the Bama player and SM got the football back and went 3 and out again, but kicked a field goal.  A couple of the 3 and outs were aided by drops on 3rd down.  They also had 1 four and out.  Even though they didnít have but 1 sack, they affected the QB and many times done with a rush of 4.  They did give up 8 pass plays of 10+ yards and 1 run of 10+ yards.  A couple of the pass plays were just good catches.  At this point I think Bama only has 1 take away for the first 3 games.  Something people havenít notice is they have not given up a TD this year.  The TD was scored on special teams.    There was a few missed tackles, and they did look confused a couple of times.  This being said they also rotated many players and many got good game experience.  I would love to see Dickson on one end and Anderson on the other.   This could be their rabbit package.  You can add Allen and Evans here too.

DL:    They did a better job of getting pressure with 4 players.  They seem to be staying in their lanes better and only lost contain a couple of times yesterday.
 
LB:  I thought TD played well.  He has to play both pass and run.  He did look frustrated a couple of times yesterday when getting and relaying calls.  He came up and made some big hits on underneath pass plays. 

DB:   I canít figure out why they are not making plays.  Many times they are in pretty good position, but donít make the play.  The recís must be doing a good job of hiding when the ball is in the air and coming to them.  Maybe the other defenders are not communicating the ball is in the air.  I saw this look last year, but not as much this year with LC lining up in the LB position. 

Penalties:  There were only 3 penalties on Bama.  One was big since it was the targeting call.  I am not sure I agree with the call because of what the rec does.  The other two were a bad formation and a false start. 

Special teams:   The kicking game has been strong.  I really like the way the ball comes of the foot of AG on FG/PATs.  It gets up in a hurry and has distance.  Most of the kickoffs have good height and depth.  It gives time to cover.  A couple of the late kickoffs were from the backup kicker.

Finally:  I think Bama looked to this game as improving and working on specific things.  There seemed to be a lack of emotion and looked like a practice early.  I think Bama will show more pressure looks on defense with the upcoming games.

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
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Re: Week 3 Games (A peek ahead)
SUPERCOACH
Written by SUPERCOACH
Comments: 48
Posted under: The Quad
The first two weeks this year have been 2 of our best in terms of participation.  Only one other week in the history of the site had more contestants.  That was week 1 in 2012, which had 36 contestants.  So far this year we've had 34 and 33.

I would really love to see us make it to 50 contestants some day, so I am going to extend the bonus e-creds I talked about for week 1.  The first week we make it to 50 contestants, everyone who participates will get +50 e-creds.

Re: Roll Tide
Catch Prothro
Written by Catch Prothro
Comments: 10
Posted under: The Quad
It was a hot day in Tuscaloosa.  One of those days where the temperature and humidity sit in the 90s, edging upwards to see which would hit 100 first.  Eventually, humidity won, straight down rain fell, lightening delayed the game.

I have to say that the first thing that impressed me was just how big are the Bama players. Saban has assembled the greatest collection of talent in the country, and it shows.  Sure, the FAU player's comparatively diminutive size didn't help dissuade that opinion, but I've watched many Bama games from the same vantage point, and I don't recall being quite as impressed by the size and athleticism at every position. 

At QB, Sims played fast and confidently and went 8/9 for three quick touchdowns in the first quarter.  Many of the completions were bubble screens... more talented defenses will sit on Amari Cooper and keep those gains to a minimum. But it is clear Sims is the starter for a reason, he efficiently moved the chains, avoided any major mistake, and played fast.

Coker was slower in making decisions, missed an open receiver, threw a pass too late to Cooper over the middle, had a few overthrows/underthrows on short passes, failed to put enough air under the ball on a deep ball so the receiver could run under it.  But once he calmed down and gained some confidence, he made a few very good passes, deeper than Sims, which stretched the defense and opened up the run game and a screen pass which he executed perfectly. 

Bama's playbook seems designed with Sims in mind, with QB roll-out passes.  Or maybe the roll-out to the right side is because Bama has a true freshman starting at left tackle.  Sims does well rolling out, and it gives him a run option.  Coker seems a bit less settled with the roll-out, prefers to set his feet before he throws, does better passing out of a pocket. Kiffin seemed to recognize this and had Coker take some snaps under center.  Coker can run the ball, but needs to learn not to duck his head and drive for more yards - he's a QB.

Overall, it was great being in Tuscaloosa.  Most photos I have are of the band, as my daughter had the camera.


Game notes FAU vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 18
Posted under: The Quad
First:   Congrats to Bama for opening up with a win.  Letís be honest here, Bamaís 2nd team could have given them a tougher game.

Offense:   Again, I think CLK called a good game.  Many times FAU had 7 to 8 in the box and he exploited them by the quick hitch/screen game to the outside.  They put up 620 yards of offense.  There were only 4 negative plays and no 3 and outs..  Two of them cost Bama points since the sack was at the end of half time and the fumble was in the red zone.  Bama had at least 13 catches that went for more than 10 yards.  Most were caught under 10 yards but there were plenty of yards after the catch.  They had 4 runs of over 10 yards.  They had TD drives of 74, 74, 78, 84, and 84(after penalty). They settled for two FG and I say this because they had great field position at the start of these drives.  Hey probably left at least 9 points on the field.

QB:  Both QBís played pretty well considering the competition.  I do think they gave Coker more downfield throws than they did to Sims.  It looks to me that Coker tries to guide the ball on some of the short throws, especially the wide out hitches/screens.  I am going to share my opinion on the many replays and Wardís description of the same play Sims completed that Coker didnít.  In Cokerís situation the deep rec was even with the defenders and their body position dictated he was open.  A good throw was a TD.  In Sims case the underneath rec was open and the deep rec still had a guy over the top of the deep route.  Coker did have a rec open underneath and probably could have taken an easier throw.  However, if he had thrown a better ball, then Ward would have been talking about how the rec had the defenders beat by positioning.  The only knock on both QBís is they are going to have to do a better job with clock management.  Also, looking the fumble in the red zone, I see two recís releasing for a pass and TJY was not expecting the ball.  . 

RB:   With limited carries all backs ran hard.  It seems most of the runs were just to keep the D honest. I really havenít seen Bama attack the edge in the running game. 

REC:  I could have just left what I said here last week.  It is obvious Cooper is going to be the main focus of the passing attack.   Again the rec are blocking well for each other and the running backs.  It is hard to believe that Bama has played 2 games and OJH does not have a catch.  Nine different recís had catches, but half of Bamaís completions went to Cooper.  Also, it looked like some of those receptions should be classified as running plays as the ball looked to be thrown behind the QB.  I could have been the TV angle. 

OL:   Again I thought they did a good job with communication.  There were good combo blocks and sustaining the blocks on the field.  Bama actually substituted some players in the OL in the first half.  Near the end of the 1st quarter, it looked as like the starting OL was out and the back-ups got some quality reps.   

Defense:  The defense looked better in the sense of lining up this week.  They only gave up 145 yards against an undermanned team.  They had 4 tackles for losses, 4 sacks, caused 3 fumbles and recovered one.   They played pretty base here and only brought more than four about 10 times.  They did give up 1 run of over 10 yards and 4 pass plays.  The major issues were they did lose contain a couple of times, there were some missed tackles when players were not wrapping up and the DBís and LBís were getting cut.

DL:    They were much more athletic than the FAU team.  The good news here was they played, by my count, at least 11 different DL/OB here.  Some of the biggest plays were made by the youngsters.

LB:  TD helped coming back.  They also rotated LBís in here and got quality reps with many. 

DB: Bama looked better in the secondary, but you have to look at the competition.  It did look like EJ is not scared to come out and play.  In other words he didnít look tentative.   I thought a couple of the penalties on the secondary were questionable.  They did seem to be in better position in this game. 

Penalties:  There were a few penalties.  The one where they called the chop block looked to me like he just fell down.  I could be wrong, but it didnít look like he was throwing at an engaged player. 

Special teams:   So far this year, the kicking game looks pretty strong.  AG kicked off 8 times and the two worse ones were the line drive which they got to the 26 yard line.  The other came down at the 2 which they got to the 21 yard line.  I noticed some new numbers on the left side of the Bama kick cover team.  Also, CJ had a very good punt return and probably would have scored if he hadnít taken his blocker out. 

Finally:  This was not a great test.  It was an opportunity for Bama to work on techniques, alignments, and make sure they are on the same page on offense and defense.  They will need to continue to improve. 

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
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Re: Game notes: Bama vs WV
Peewee from Grand Bay
Comments: 37
Posted under: The Quad
First:   Congrats to Bama for opening up with a win.  I think there are far more positives than negatives.

Offense:   I want to first say I thought CLK called a pretty good game.  I thought he gave BS some early quick throws to get his confidence going.  The only question I would have would be the fade call in the red zone with it 2nd and 2.  Bama had been running effectively go ahead and finish it off.   Bama had a pretty balanced attack with 288 rushing and 250 passing.  They got into the red zone 4 times and scored 3 TDís and 1 FG.   They only had 4 negative plays all night 3 tackle for losses and the interception.   I really thought the ball would have been distributed to the recís more evenly.  Bama was also 9 for 16 on 3rd down plays, plus they only had 2 three and outs the whole game.

QB:  BS played a pretty good game.  He had the one pick and didnít check into a very good play near Bamaís own goal line.   He did miss a couple of passes; however the recís dropped a couple that should have been caught.   Fortunately, the offensive line gave him plenty of time to make decisions.   I thought he was a little slow getting the play called and getting Bama lined up.  The OL needs that time to make their calls.  I will say I was pleasantly surprised with Sims.  I thought his decision making was quicker and it looked, too me, that his release was quicker.  He looks nothing, in my opinion, like he did in the spring game.  The other negatives was there were no real balls completed over 15 yards, he needs to square his shoulders better when going to his left and he threw into coverage a couple of time.   

RB:   Both TJY and DH had over 100 yards.  They ran hard, but they also, as did KD, when he was in there blocked well.   I canít think but maybe once where any back was brought down by 1 player.

REC:  Of course Cooper was the focus of many throws.  I was surprised that OJH was not targeted more, especially with all the talk of what a weapon he is.  CJ dropped a couple of passes that should have been completed.   One thing I noticed was how the recís were hunting players to block after their teammate made the catch.   

OL:   I thought this was one of the best opening game performances by the OL in an opening game in a while.   They gave up no sacks and very few tackles for a loss.  I thought they communicated well and got to the second level.  On running plays they were downfield look to players to block.  They combo blocked well and picked up what few stunts that were thrown at them. 

Defense:  The defense looked indecisive a couple of times.  They allowed WV to get to the edge by the QB and by the recís.  A couple of times they looked confused and probably should have been lined up a little quicker.  They gave up 393 yards most of them were passing.   I will say the recís for WV made some big athletic catches, but they also dropped many that would help Bama.  They only had 2 three and outs.  For negative plays, the D had 4 tackles for losses, and 3 sacks.  The bright spot here is that all but 1 happened in the second half.  One of the other biggest concerns was the missed tackles.

DL:    I thought they played ok. The WV QB got rid of the ball pretty quickly.  After a few opening good runs they seem to settle down and do a better job.  They did loose contain a couple of times.  I thought XD and JA stood out here.

LB:  In the first half they looked tentative.  I think they will have to do a better job with their pass drops.  It looked like the 2nd half they did a better job communicating with the other defensive players.  They got caught inside and didnít take good angles and lost the pursuit angle a couple of times.  Their outside shoulder got pinned. 

DB: Bama has to improve here.  I wouldnít be surprised to see some take BS place.  It wanít all bad, but when they were in position, they didnít always make plays.  WV seemed to attack the middle of the field and the outside where BS was playing.   I donít think CJ was targeted as much.  Here is where they were a lot of missed tackles.  There were too many yards after the catch.  I also think the corners will have to do a better job jamming the recís coming of the LOS.

Penalties:  There were some penalties that could have been avoided.  AC could do a better job and not get the block in the back call.  Focus on false starts.   I do think the one holding call on LB was wrong.  In my opinion I thought Bama was helped by a couple of calls.  The pass interference was questionable and the late hit out of bounds.  Not sure if they guy really tried to take a shot or protect himself.

Special teams:   AG had a very good night kicking FGís.  Most of the kickoffs were good, the coverage was the breakdown.  On the TD, again Bama lost contain.  I noticed WV liked to return the ball to their right.  Bama only punted twice and the first was a bomb.  If he can do that consistently then you have someone who can change the field position.

Finally:  Defensively, Bama will have to play better against spread teams.  Offensively, they can still improve and spread the ball around to talented rec.

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
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Great analysis of the game coach, I agree that BS did a great over all job but he did get confused for a bit in the 2nd qtr resulting in us have to call time out a couple of times due to the play clock winding down. Going no huddle for a few plays seemed to get him going again. He played much better in the second half. He completed almost 73% of his passes with the one int on a poor decision missed a couple of throws and avoided several sacks.
The running backs did a great job with both TJ & Derrick gaining 100+ each. Kenyon did well but never got into open space to display his quickness and speed and played well on SP Teams.
Coop was the man with receptions totaling over 100yds. CJ uncharacteristically dropped two passes one for a most likely TD and the other for a first down. The fact that CLK did not call his number if I am correct kinds surprised me. Thought he would have been more involved in the game plan. DeAndrew had a fantastic night going until he hurt his shoulder ( probably out 1 - 2 weeks ) sure hope is is not any worse than that and can be back for Florida. Steward did well in his play from that point on.
The Offensive Line my guys, overall played very well and ended up wearing out the D Line of WV from the constant pounding they put on them and it showed in the fourth qtr. But in the first half there were several several times that a defender came into the backfield untouched and had it not been for BS could have cost us dearly.
Blake made several quick moves to avoid the pass rush and made plays where their could have been a loss. TJ also got hit almost the exact time he got the ball by an unblocked player. That has got to be cleaned up and I am sure that it will be. Cameron Robinson played a very good game, but Leon Brown with three penalties left the game. We will see if that affects his playing time or not.
Defense was on its heels for a lot of the first half. The fact that we had no LB on the field that had played before when the game started stuck out big time early from the changing the calls making sure everyone was in the right spot. There were several times they had a man wide open with no one on them and by the Grace of God they either made a bad throw or he did not happen to see them. But when it came to crunch time held them out of the end zone twice with first and goal from the 6 & 5 yrd lines, as the game went on I think we got better and settled down in the second half and played well. The fact that we held they to 28 yds rushing speaks volumes about the D-Line and their play. They had a good game and made the plays that would seal the game for us.
Corners and Safeties, Bradley was taken advantage of for the entire first half. The big ole #11 was just to much for him. The not only was much bigger than him but could get up and catch the ball high out of reach of Bradley. Cryus Jones made some good plays and a TD saving breakup in the end zone. Landon and Nick played well in the safety spots.
Penalties cost us to a point with the biggest one IMO being against Amari that called back about a 30 or so yard gain by TJ. The other fact as I pointed out above with Leon's did not help us at all.
Kicking game was as solid as I have seen it in a long time. Alex was spot on. Freshman PK Scott made his debut, the first words that came out of my mouth as he kicked his first punt was OH My God!!!! A towering 62 yrd punt with at least 4.5 or better hang time was something to see!!! The fact that he only punted twice for the entire game gives our offense a big kudos for the way they moved and held onto the ball. TOP was lopped side to the point we kept the ball an entire qtr longer than they did. a fifteen minute advantage was outstanding.
Kick off coverage was not where we would like it to be. On the return for a TD was it just me or did I see Derrick Henry get held that allow the guy to get to and turn the corner?? One factor about this is that Landon Collins did not play on that unit due to the HUNH and him being on the field so much. He is probably our best SP player on the team. 
Overall a good first game to see where we are and to be able to identify what we need to fix and the chance to do that before we play our first conference game.
Still alot to improve on but played very well as a whole.
Roll Tide!!!!

Game notes: Bama vs WV
Written by hscoach
Comments: 37
Posted under: The Quad
First:   Congrats to Bama for opening up with a win.  I think there are far more positives than negatives.

Offense:   I want to first say I thought CLK called a pretty good game.  I thought he gave BS some early quick throws to get his confidence going.  The only question I would have would be the fade call in the red zone with it 2nd and 2.  Bama had been running effectively go ahead and finish it off.   Bama had a pretty balanced attack with 288 rushing and 250 passing.  They got into the red zone 4 times and scored 3 TDís and 1 FG.   They only had 4 negative plays all night 3 tackle for losses and the interception.   I really thought the ball would have been distributed to the recís more evenly.  Bama was also 9 for 16 on 3rd down plays, plus they only had 2 three and outs the whole game.

QB:  BS played a pretty good game.  He had the one pick and didnít check into a very good play near Bamaís own goal line.   He did miss a couple of passes; however the recís dropped a couple that should have been caught.   Fortunately, the offensive line gave him plenty of time to make decisions.   I thought he was a little slow getting the play called and getting Bama lined up.  The OL needs that time to make their calls.  I will say I was pleasantly surprised with Sims.  I thought his decision making was quicker and it looked, too me, that his release was quicker.  He looks nothing, in my opinion, like he did in the spring game.  The other negatives was there were no real balls completed over 15 yards, he needs to square his shoulders better when going to his left and he threw into coverage a couple of time.   

RB:   Both TJY and DH had over 100 yards.  They ran hard, but they also, as did KD, when he was in there blocked well.   I canít think but maybe once where any back was brought down by 1 player.

REC:  Of course Cooper was the focus of many throws.  I was surprised that OJH was not targeted more, especially with all the talk of what a weapon he is.  CJ dropped a couple of passes that should have been completed.   One thing I noticed was how the recís were hunting players to block after their teammate made the catch.   

OL:   I thought this was one of the best opening game performances by the OL in an opening game in a while.   They gave up no sacks and very few tackles for a loss.  I thought they communicated well and got to the second level.  On running plays they were downfield look to players to block.  They combo blocked well and picked up what few stunts that were thrown at them. 

Defense:  The defense looked indecisive a couple of times.  They allowed WV to get to the edge by the QB and by the recís.  A couple of times they looked confused and probably should have been lined up a little quicker.  They gave up 393 yards most of them were passing.   I will say the recís for WV made some big athletic catches, but they also dropped many that would help Bama.  They only had 2 three and outs.  For negative plays, the D had 4 tackles for losses, and 3 sacks.  The bright spot here is that all but 1 happened in the second half.  One of the other biggest concerns was the missed tackles.

DL:    I thought they played ok. The WV QB got rid of the ball pretty quickly.  After a few opening good runs they seem to settle down and do a better job.  They did loose contain a couple of times.  I thought XD and JA stood out here.

LB:  In the first half they looked tentative.  I think they will have to do a better job with their pass drops.  It looked like the 2nd half they did a better job communicating with the other defensive players.  They got caught inside and didnít take good angles and lost the pursuit angle a couple of times.  Their outside shoulder got pinned. 

DB: Bama has to improve here.  I wouldnít be surprised to see some take BS place.  It wanít all bad, but when they were in position, they didnít always make plays.  WV seemed to attack the middle of the field and the outside where BS was playing.   I donít think CJ was targeted as much.  Here is where they were a lot of missed tackles.  There were too many yards after the catch.  I also think the corners will have to do a better job jamming the recís coming of the LOS.

Penalties:  There were some penalties that could have been avoided.  AC could do a better job and not get the block in the back call.  Focus on false starts.   I do think the one holding call on LB was wrong.  In my opinion I thought Bama was helped by a couple of calls.  The pass interference was questionable and the late hit out of bounds.  Not sure if they guy really tried to take a shot or protect himself.

Special teams:   AG had a very good night kicking FGís.  Most of the kickoffs were good, the coverage was the breakdown.  On the TD, again Bama lost contain.  I noticed WV liked to return the ball to their right.  Bama only punted twice and the first was a bomb.  If he can do that consistently then you have someone who can change the field position.

Finally:  Defensively, Bama will have to play better against spread teams.  Offensively, they can still improve and spread the ball around to talented rec.

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
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