ED actually play in the IB yesterday. and he was disruptive. ED is an Upshaw clone if there was ever was one. the young man plays with his hands down as well as OLB. DO NOT FORGET STINSON. opposing teams next year won't!!
I took a look at this last week. Alabama will have no experienced depth at corner. At Nose they will have no experience or depth, at H-Back end no experience no depth. The rest of the team should be fairly solid. If Jones comes back the offensive line should be very solid and with experienced runners, receivers, and a quarterback we should see some pretty potent offense.
Signing McCullers and Dickson could significantly strengthen the team. There will be good opportunities for young players and even freshman.
As other posters have mentioned, loss of either Kirby Smart or Jim McElwain could be more telling than any one player. I'm actually more concerned about losing McElwain. As much flack as he's taken for playcalling, I'm not sure who would replace him. As for Smart, Saban could coordinate the defense fine. Plus, we're going to lose him to a HC position sometime soon. Might as well be in advance of a rebuilding year. Let's just hope it's after January 9, 2012.
For the fall of 2012, I expect a couple of losses early, with a drastically improving team as the year goes on. After some bad luck in 2010 and this year, we're due for a relatively down year in injuries. Milliner and Clinton-Dix will surprise in the DB. It's going to take some time to develop the LBs. DL will miss Chapman, but the Australian and Square should be sound on the DL. Skill positions on offense should be good. Nobody can replace Trent, but Lacy and Fowler ain't chopped liver. QB and WR should be better, if for no reason other than experience. I'm more concerned about the OL, and kind of expecting a 2010 performance there -- flashes of brilliance, followed by inexplicable inconsistency. Stoutland has been a good hire here.
Still, all told, it really doesn't get any better than this guys. We're talking about rebuilding and expecting no more than 3 losses. These are the good old days.
Last edited by 4Q Basket Case; November 27th, 2011 at 09:38 PM.
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Is the 2012 schedule available yet?
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him. - Jer. 17:7
“And the roses in this grand ol’ stadium are once again Crimson!” - Eli Gold, Jan 7th, 2010
Alabama wasn’t just dominating Monday night. They were some word that has yet to be invented in the English language. - Aaron Torres, Jan 10th, 2012
"If this was a prize fight, they'd call it off!" - Brent Musberger, Jan 7th, 2013
I've learned doubting our team usually doesn't turn out too well. So I'm gonna say we are national champions next year. But I will concede we'll have a harder route to get there than this year.
As for LSU saying "Wait till next year", I won't believe it till I see it. Many of us thought 2010 Bama was going to be unstoppable with all the weapons and potential we had on offense. We could've been a REALLY good team (look at MichSt) but often didn't hit on all cylinders.
If Barrett Jones stays, the OL should be incredible. He'll be a big spot to fill if he departs though. He could declare early, lets not forget that.
Honey Badger can take what the Tide gives him and like it.
Will Sylve be a WR or CB next year? I'm sure he will try to qualifiy for the Olympics this summer.