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  • 12/05/2007, 06:46PM ET

SABAN SHOULD HAVE PULLED JOHN PARKER WILSON

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Disturbing coaching decision plaques Alabama. Dont teams play to win
rather than make alumni and athletic directors happy. I have recently been baffled by leadership roles in football. So what if a quarterback does good in practice. Practice isnt in front of 93,000 screaming diehard
alabama fans who deserve a good season. I see no difference with shula and saban other than the money. I know it takes a while for a coach to build a team,but you still want to win now because tommorrow isnt promised. Players in alabama have lost there will to win. Do you know that the only time saban benched wilson was in the opening game. There were three big games that wilson single handedly lost
because of lack of pocket presence. Saban take a chance come on


John Parker Wilson is not the only reason that Alabama has lost football games this year. Practice is the place where talent is evaluated and decisions must be made as to who starts in games. Wilson won out over a group of SEVEN freshmen... with seventeen more games of college experience than all of his competition combined.

The truth is that the cupboards have been left bare in Tuscaloosa. Nick Saban has a lot of work ahead of him to round out the Crimson Tide, because the recruiting job done by Mike Shula in his four years proved to be .500 talent -- as is referenced by Shula's 26-23 (.531) record there in his three seasons and change. Saban is a master recruiter, as evidenced by his work at both Michigan State and LSU, and it will take time.

But the best that Nick had at his disposal this season was the seasoned Wilson. Trust a man from Eugene: it is hard watching true freshmen getting killed on the field with even less pocket presence than the veteran who was dismissed as recently as the preseason... the Tide can point to many reasons they are headed to the Independence Bowl instead of a better bowl, and Wilson is only one of them. Would Ezell or McElroy or Fanuzzi do better?


Mcelroy is a fresman true indeed, but what I saw in his debute made me question why not at all or nothing times in the season didnt he get a snap. I beleive that for a freshman in the sec you have to be display an unkandid ability early in your high school days to even get mentioned to start in this day and time. So with that said I beleive that Wilson does have ability, He has game experience, and good passing yards, But hes sometimey. How do you build a coaching system around a qb when you arent sure what game hes going to perform in. Winning takes chances and sometimes making others mad to do so. We all wont to win, unfortunately we all are not going to. If you ever get the chance to go for it no matter what anyone said then you will never know how it could have been. Oklahoma has a freshman qb that shined this year because he had someone who beleived in taking chances, and also beleives in us young people and the true abilitys that may get unnoticed throughout our lives.
coming from someone who knows, alabama will lose alot of there fans next year if wilson starts. Thats a sad thing to say but its true
ask someone that ruits for the tide and see what they say.


Looking beyond mere fandom, the reality in the SEC as a neutral observer sees it is that, as the self-proclaimed "toughest conference in the nation", it is necessary for the field general to be experienced. Quarterbacks are weaned into their positons until they achieve stardom. Wilson has been slowly coaxed into his position. Look at other quarterbacks around the SEC... most are experienced quarterbacks. For two-quarterback systems at schools such as LSU this year or Florida last national-championship season, the younger, more mobile quarterback seems to be being slowly eased into prominence. Tim Tebow was an integral, though limited, contributor to an offense for the Gators which was essentially a transition offense under the stewardship of Chris Leak. This year, the Tigers get their shot at the Buckeyes for all the marbles. Matt Flynn has been holding down the fort as Ryan Perriloux gains experience; if Saban has done anything wrong here, it was in not getting Wilson more involved in the development of the next great Tide QB.


First of all Sports would not be anything without the fans. So I need to give a shot out to all the great fans in the world of NCAA football, which is the best sport on earth. You cant compare wilson to tebow-flynn simply because they have had ability when they steped into the college football ring. Did you know that Tebow was homeschooled and still got to play high school football? He also lit up the scoreboard in high school, and the school he played were champions in which he played in an almost college atmosphere before entering the NCAA. Wilson isnt a winner and this season prolonged look into the uter disappointment in seeing a qb get embarresed on the field of play reaches way beyond a freshman sophmore,junior or senior. I dont think it really matters how old you are when the will to win and doing what it takes isnt taught by a coach or coaches. But it is a coaches responsibility who stays in the game. Final note remember 1992 Jay barker wasnt the best most athletic qb in the game but one thing that he did have was a will and a want(god),and he was a consistent qb


It is indeed amusing that the coach and the quarterback who were rolling along in Tuscaloosa when November started -- remember that 6-2 record, the defeat of then-#21 Tennessee, the anticipation of facing LSU? -- are now so much maligned by the fans who consistently demand more than mediocrity. Against LSU, Wilson outplayed Flynn for many stretches, ending with two fewer interceptions and an equal three touchdowns... it was the Tide defense that failed to stem the tide of the Tiger offense.

After Saban lost to his old club, it was HE that let the team go into a tailspin. John Parker Wilson continued to plug through the season, doing his job as best as he can. (This almost sounds like the time for Mike Leach to step in... "I'm A MAN!")

It seems shortsighted to simply say plugging a less-experienced QB into the offense would have made all the difference. Wilson has been sacked 24 times this season... would a freshman QB have read defenses any better to avoid the rush? Protection issues are to blame for Wilson's lack of success as much as his own talent level. Colorado will prove the final test, and Saban will most likely do the wise thing and start his seasoned quarterback.

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