really?..... i think he really likes Golding ( obviously)...and Golding is young and teachable....
When have we seen this? Alabama has had one guy at linebacker who did well against tight ends; CJ Mosely. He had his issues with running backs though.
Not sure I'm buying this. If we have always had issues with running back and tight ends, then why haven't we had more close games and/or losses? Why haven't those defenses given up substantially more yardage? Obviously there is a steady increase in these quick numbers I pulled. I think some of that is increased due to training, offensive playcalling, and just a raising of the bar athlete wise these days. I have to say that the rest falls on playcalling. Our talent has not dropped off. We used to have defensive linemen running with tight ends (Marcel Darius in the Tennessee game). The one thing I can see changing and the ups and downs in these numbers is who was calling the defense. We're averaging almost a hundred more yards a game now and we're saying that's due to tight ends and running backs?
Well, I understand that. That's why I made the comment that I am willing to consider changes in the game and other variables. I just don't think it's as big of a difference as the numbers show. I've been wrong before and will be wrong again, so not saying my points are factual, but I just can't sit there and say we're getting drilled by tight ends and running backs more now than before. It's a welcomed sight for me when a running back gets the ball against us. I have zero concerns. My concerns are crossing routes and what appears to be a massive gap between our safeties and linebackers. 3rd and Long concerns me so much more than 3rd and Short, which goes back to my point about not being as worried about running backs.
I do remember.....D standing tall most games... 3rd down wasnt like place kicking game.... ( sometimes punting)
Terrell Lewis dealt with injuries, but was great when he was in. Anfernee Jennings was a hard worker and came on as did Christian Miller. Jonathan Allen, Raekwon Davis, Da'Ron Payne, Reuben Foster, Rashaan Evans, D'Shawn Hand, all guys that are on NFL rosters and made their presence felt at one time or another. One could say that 2017 defense was the best we've had and the most talent. I definitely think the earlier teams dominated more, but with offensive changes and more disparity in rosters now, it's a different animal. Alabama was stock piling four and five stars and no one else knew what hit them. Now Ohio State, Clemson, and Georgia have started figuring it out, and look who are mostly in talks about the Playoff. From a recruiting rankings perspective we're recruiting more talent than ever and to be fair they are getting a little better at grading these guys. So while I definitely understand where you're coming from, the game has changed, but Is till feel the talent is there. I do feel as aren't getting the secondary play we did early in Saban's tenure though.
You also have to take into consideration that in the last few years most of our games have been blow outs. I don't think we have been playing shut down Defense for the 2nd half of most games. More of a keep everything in front and let the clock run defense along with a lot of 2nd team play.