Crimson Red Sports
 
 


* Week 4 Games
1st Game Deadline
Thursday
09/18/2014
6:20 PM

Auburn @
Kansas State
(Auburn -9.0)

Georgia Tech @
Virginia Tech
(Virginia Tech -8.0)

Virginia @
BYU
(BYU -16.0)

North Carolina @
East Carolina
(East Carolina -3.0)

Mississippi State @
LSU
(LSU -10.0)

Northern Illinois @
Arkansas
(Arkansas -14.5)

Oklahoma @
West Virginia
(Oklahoma -11.5)

Clemson @
Florida State
(Florida State -19.5)

Miami @
Nebraska
(Nebraska -7.5)

Oregon @
Washington State
(Oregon -24.0)

Tie Breaker:  How many total yards of offense will Alabama get against Florida?

Dot View My Picks
Dot View All Entries
Dot Discuss

* Overall Leaders
Hannibal Lecter, MD
15-5 (289)

Leewillie
14-5 (163)

roll tide roll
14-6 (145)

BamaBred
13-6 (93)

bama57
13-6 (274)

td57
13-7 (133)

N.AL-Tider
13-7 (137)

hscoach
13-7 (304)

Catch Prothro
13-7 (359)

KoKoPuf
12-7 (116)

DotView Full Results

* Most E-Cred
Kgoode35+
E-Cred: 1000009
2Stater 2Stater
E-Cred: 4618
Jamos Jamos
E-Cred: 3721
pmull pmull
E-Cred: 3576
Chechem Chechem
E-Cred: 3515
XBAMA XBAMA
E-Cred: 2810
SUPERCOACH SUPERCOACH
E-Cred: 2801
BAMAWV BAMAWV
E-Cred: 2454
ricky023 ricky023
E-Cred: 1983
Leroy Leroy
E-Cred: 1903
hscoach
E-Cred: 1780
cbbama99 cbbama99
E-Cred: 1544
Catch Prothro Catch Prothro
E-Cred: 1368
Old Tider Old Tider
E-Cred: 1353
bama57 bama57
E-Cred: 1282
Peewee from Grand Bay Peewee from Grand Bay
E-Cred: 1280
Hannibal Lecter, MD Hannibal Lecter, MD
E-Cred: 1268
ALTideUp ALTideUp
E-Cred: 1265
Merk Merk
E-Cred: 1263
ssmith general ssmith general
E-Cred: 1246

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 
15 and counting


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 
15 and counting

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 
15 and counting


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 
15 and counting

Bama versus the HUNh offense
Jamos
Written by Jamos
Comments: 16
Posted under: The Quad
I think most of us were in great anticipation of seeing what Bama would do with the HUNH offense that West Virginia would offer yesterday and I'm not so sure any of us came away from the game in great anticipation of seeing Bama play another team using that offense.

To me it seems that the defenses that Bama are running against the HUNH teams must be so complicated that the players get totally confused with their assignments and we all see a lot of blown coverages on the plays. I was scared to death yesterday every time their QB dropped back to pass and when the game was over and I looked at the stats I could see why. If they had not dropped some of those passes, their stats would have been much better and I'm sure Bama would be 0-1 today.

At first I wanted to blame Kirby Smart for not having the team ready after Bama had just be torn apart by Auburn and Oklahoma at the end of last season. I truly felt that the team would be much improved against the HUNH teams this year because of having all spring and summer to make the right adjustments or designs to do so.

 But before I go off on the coaches I have to maybe question the mental and physical capabilities of the players. I know these players are highly rated players coming out of high school, four and five star, and Bama has been the number one school in recruiting for the past few years. But my question is, are they just highly rated athletes because of what they can do physically or is the mental part ever considered? I realize that when recruiting kids out of high school, the recruiter doesn't have much help with their mental attributes other than what the coaches at the high school level tells them.

I'm starting to think that the defensive plan that Bama is using for the hurry up offenses may be too complicated for the players that Bama has right now. When CNS gives his post game remarks about the defense it usually is about players making mental mistakes on their pass coverages and occasionally he will mention something about missed tackles. Some of the problem could also be they have no way of practicing everyday for these offenses.

Who knows what the problems really are but there are definitely some problems. Hopefully there can be some good improvements before the next team with the hurry up offense because I think those teams are licking their chops for a shot at Bama right now.

This thread is not intended to ridicule or to create any animosities toward any of the coaches or players, it's just a conversation piece for all of us armchair coaches. Wink

Re: ****OFFICIAL WVU vs Alabama IN-GAME THREAD****
2Stater
Written by 2Stater
Comments: 226
Posted under: The Quad
Our kicking game was outstanding. Not much else was. We should have hung at least 50 on them, but kept shooting ourselves in the foot. Sylve reminded me a lot of Belue; not bad coverage, but never looked for the ball and got beat repeatedly.

Credit to the receivers for WVU. Not only did they run great routes, the other receivers beat our butts with the blocking to spring them in the open. Our blocking on the same types of plays were not nearly as good. Christion Jones probably played the worst game I've ever seen him play with the dropped passes and poor blocking.

Special teams played well except for the one glaring mistake that resulted in a WV TD. We seem to always have that one letdown that hurts us.

I was really hoping to see Coker get some playing time, but Sims did not do a bad job. One int and a few terrible throws were overshadowed by his elusiveness and his ability to find the open receiver. What surprised me was that he never once tried the read option or a screen pass the entire game. The offensive game plan was very predictable.

TJ and King Henry both played a great game. They gained chunks of yards the whole game with no fumbles. We will need more of that in the future from both of them. I was a little surprised Drake didn't get more PT.

Cooper was superb. He made catch after catch, and play after play. He is, indeed, a superstar. DeAndrew made a couple of great plays before getting injured. Looked like a shoulder injury. I hope it's not bad, we can ill afford to lose him. He came up huge on that great play for the first down on the 8 yd line. I was also surprised Sims didn't go downfield any more than he did. OJ Howard was non-existent. Bummer!

I was very disappointed in the D line the first half of the game. They played much better the second half, but that improved pass rush we've all been expecting, was not there except for a couple of plays in the 2nd half. They were huge plays, but we need to see more of that.

Reuben Foster looked completely lost in the first half, but gained some legs in the 2nd half, with a couple of good plays. He is going to be very good, but will need experience.

The offensive line was a bit anemic on several plays in the first half, but looked good, for the most part, in the second half. Leon Brown's penalties were momentum killers. He will need to do a better job of technique to eliminate the holding.

All in all, with the youth of this team, this may be all that can be expected at this point. My greatest concern is the secondary. If WVU doesn't drop the easy passes that they did, this could have been a much tighter game, or worse. Our secondary was exposed and looks very much like our weakest link. Let's hope experience improves that situation.

Having said all that, a win is a win and Bama prevailed. ROLL TIDE!!!!!!

Re: ****OFFICIAL WVU vs Alabama IN-GAME THREAD****
SUPERCOACH
Written by SUPERCOACH
Comments: 226
Posted under: The Quad
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3NgTqppHec" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3NgTqppHec</a>

Re: Are the Vol's serious?
ALTideUp
Written by ALTideUp
Comments: 11
Posted under: The Quad
Alabama Signees to Tennessee Coach: If you like then you shoulda put a ring on it.


Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 ... 105

* User Info
 
 
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.


* Next Game

    vs.    

Day: Saturday
Date: Sept. 20, 2014
Time: 2:30 Central
TV: CBS
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

* Who's Online
  • Dot Guests: 23
  • Dot Hidden: 0
  • Dot Users: 3
  • Dot Users Online:




* New Members
  • Dot DCTBama - 22 Aug
  • Dot BamaMom - 03 May
  • Dot RideCharlieLikeAHarley - 14 Mar
  • Dot Msleroy - 14 Feb
  • Dot BamaWind - 25 Jan
  • Dot The Dude Abides - 15 Jan
  • Dot sparkeynblue - 26 Dec
  • Dot GM8893 - 10 Dec
  • Dot Alabiker - 16 Nov
  • Dot Peewee from Grand Bay - 05 Nov
  • Dot Ctrexler - 12 Oct
  • Dot Scoobs205 - 10 Oct
  • Dot roll tide roll - 16 Aug
  • Dot bullwinkle - 03 Feb
  • Dot bamarolls1 - 22 Jan
  • Dot gldbama - 18 Jan
  • Dot CrimsonAces - 15 Jan
  • Dot woolyal - 12 Jan
  • Dot Cmn Ref - 08 Jan
  • Dot tiderbill - 16 Dec

 
     
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Copyright © 2009-2014 Crimson Red Sports. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by SMF 1.1.13 | SMF © 2006-2011, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.3 © 2008-2010, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.255 seconds with 22 queries.

Google last visited this page Today at 03:20:08 PM