- 08/10/2013, 07:50AM ET
tidefan35555 said 08/10, 07:50 AM
In most every aspect, Bama is in as good if not better shape than last year. The only place they might have a slight drop off is the OL, and DB???s and that will not be much. QB: Same no change or better McCarron has improved each year so there is no reason to think we will not see some improvement this year. RB???s: Bama lost Trent Richardson, but still have good experienced RB???s (Yeldon, fowler, and Drake) returning, plus new back up that are showing the ability to step right in there if needed. WR???s: This is the best bunch of WR???s I???ve seen put together in a long time. I???m so looking forward to seeing them in action. DL: Looking strong as ever, same with TE, and LB???s. DE???s: Looking faster, stronger, and IMO we will see better pass rushing. Over all I believe this year???s team has the ability to be even better than last years.
Mrlns Fn said 08/10, 04:37 PM
Alabama's good but not good enough to justify taking them over the field, which is what I'm doing here.
I'm not gonna predict a specific team to dethrone the Tide, I'm just saying there's a far better chance that Alabama fails to win a third straight Championship than the opposite. Bunch of reasons why.
For one, their offensive line has been decimated. Now to be fair, they still have a really good O lineman in Cyrus Kouandjio, and Andrew Steen has some experience if nothing else. But they lost Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack, DJ Fluker, and for a team that identifies itself through it's smash mouth running game, there are a lot of unanswered questions regardine ALabama's offensive line in 2013.
Nick Saban has always loved running the ball and his Crimson Tide teams excel when they are fortified with a beastly line and great running backs. Alabama has some great running backs but chances are Saban will have to rely on AJ McCarron a lot more than he would ideally like.
Whether or not McCarron can handle being the focal point of the offense remains to be seen, but overall there are far too many questions to justify taking the Tide over the field in 2013.
tidefan35555 said 08/12, 07:20 AM
Granted the OL is not as good as last year. That, I believe is why we will see a few more pass plays this year. WR core is IMO the best I've seen. The OL is filling the holes in the OL with players that may not have started last year, but had a good amount of play time and exsperiance. So the drop off will not be to bad. Bama will still have strong running backs, and AJ continues to improve.
Mrlns Fn said 08/12, 04:32 PM
An McCarron is probably a very good QB but we'll never find out because Saban doesn't let the guy do anything. Alabama has always been a run first team and Saban has always been a run first coach. I don't see Nick Saban, of all people, rconfiguring his offensive identity for this season just because the Tide were able to land some decent WR recruits.
Bottom line, Alabama has more questions on offense in 2013 than they have had for a LONG time, and unless everything falls into place perfectly the Tide are due for some amount of regression to the mean this season
Yes, Alabama is a good program. Yes, they've had tons of success recently. No, their success wont last forever. Yes, their success IS based on the players they have. No, the current group of players isn't as talented or experienced as the groups we've seen over the last several years.
What I'm saying is this: even a program as established as Alabama needs to reload on talent, and they've lost enough over the last year or two to question how much of a drop off there will be in 2013.
Not saying Alabama is done, just saying they're too young and inexperienced right now to be presumptive favorites in 2013.
tidefan35555 said 08/13, 12:16 AM
To your point about landing WR's yes they did, but the WR's that will start this year it is looking like it will be mostly returning players, and maybe 1 true freashman not sure yet we will wait and see if he can win a starting job. Also Bama is a run first team, but Saban has been working in the passing game a lot over the last couple years. If Saban is such a run first type guy then answer this. Last year against aTm in the last few minutes of the game Alabama Has first and goal, which would have given Bama the win if they had just put it in the end zone, and instead of running the ball in, Saban chose to repeatedly throw the ball, till it was intersepted. I remeber everyone watching the game standing in front of the TV yelling run the **** ball. So your analyses of Saban not wanting to throw the ball is not true.
On the OL there will maybe be 1 Truefreashman and the returning players that will be filling those holes are not questionable to those that follow Alabama football and have watched these youg men play second and third string over the last couple years. Will the OL be as good as last years? NO. But IMHO, they will be good enough with QB, RB, TE, and WR's Bama has.
Mrlns Fn said 08/13, 01:42 AM
Well, we've talked about diminished talent and we've talked about an increased burden on the passing game, one thing we haven't discussed yet is voter fatigue.
As you pointed out, this is the final BCS season so once again a lot of the Championship game is going to boil down to votes, sadly. And if Alabama cruises through the season with one or two losses they may still find themselves in the National Championship hunt but could ultimately fall a few votes short of a chance at a threepeat.
We have seen a shift in the way the SEC is viewed, with a major polarization factor coming into play. You either love or hate the SEC; you aren't indifferent. For a long time everyone loved the SEC, but in recent years the PAC apologists and B1G sympathizers have increased in number.
Going back to my earlier analogy, if Alabama finishes with one loss and Oregon and Ohio State also finish with one loss, for example, there's a good chance Bamako might get the shaft even if they were the better team simply because so many people are sick and tired of the SEC always receiving the benefit of the doubt, or special treatment.
The final BCS Championship Game will not include Alabama.
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