JMO but this game will give us a pretty clear understanding of how good this team really is at this time. Ole Miss will be the next hurdle with a completely different type of offense to have to contend with (I hate that hurry up BS). I was glad when both Hugh and Gus left town and now Lane is running that shit. Can #94 and #48 make it really difficult for the Gators to run the ball up the middle? Our ILBer's and OLBers should make it difficult for the Gators to get outside and run.
Can this OL move folks enough for our backs to make 1st downs? #1,#8,#10,and #18 need to play well and help #9 as much as possible.
We'll know much more about this bunch around 6PM on Saturday.
I think you nailed it earlier in the week. I mistook Miami for being a good team and that’s been shown to be dead wrong. I bought into the reload mantra but the truth is that’s unfair to those who just left and to those who have replaced them. Even more so, it’s unfair to Coach Saban. We’re Bama fans so our expectations are always high but for us to think the Tide could lose players who were named the Heisman, the Hornung, the Belitnikoff, the Davey O’Brien, the Maxwell, the Doak Walker, the Outland Trophy, the Sporting News Player of the Year and Joe Moore Award winners … not to mention having five unanimous AA’s and another consensus AA plus two other Heisman finalists … and this year’s team NOT take a big step back is ridiculous. The good news is it doesn’t appear there are any elite teams this season. Perhaps this Tide team will find a way to win ugly a bunch but I’m not going to expect them to be anywhere close to last season’s juggernaut going forward.So what do we think now that we have played a decent team? I love my guys and happy to get the W but we are a championship quality team right now.
My take, I agreed with Gary when he said in the first half, Bama's athletes looked quicker then Florida's . The fact that this team built an astounding 21 - 3 lead against an excellent Gator team in that environment was telling, telling from the standpoint the potential this Bama team has to dominate their opponent in any situation . Both sides of the ball looked like a NC team for the first 20 minutes. However, whether it was complacency or a " this is gonna be easy" mental attitude, our play dialed down and gave the Gators hope. Had the offense continued their torrid pace and scored on just two more of their 2nd quarter possessions, this game wouldnt have even been close. First half defense looked quick and aggressive, 2nd half they were gassed. So the talent and potential is obviously there but this team has to grow up and realize that for more then a decade now, they have a huge target on their backs and have to know they are gonna get every teams best shot..... just because they are Bama. That is exactly why a game like this is invaluable, growth takes place only through adversity , not smooth sailing when things are to easy.
Always. No such thing as perfect team allthough we were close the last two years. I hate to say it but Georgia looks much more complete than us right now. Mainly because they are at least dominant somewhere.
Here is the real question. We have a serious deficiency in coaching and we need to figure out how to correct this. Will we demote Pete Golding? Will O'Brien change his philosophy? The real challenge is getting the coaches to do a better job on their part. Once we have the coaches doing their job correctly then we can worry about getting the kids to play correctly. This pitiful excuse for a performance is squarely on the shoulders of the coaches.
To be fair - It wasn't just O'Brien. The Head Man threw it in neutral to end the half... Think about the message you're sending to the team... "Are we attacking, or being attacked?"Don't forget, we were up 21-3 in the first quarter. I definitely think O'Brien took his foot off the pedal and Golding made zero adjustments which allowed Florida back in the game. We have the talent.