Another aspect to throwing the ball where we did greatly increases the chance of a turnover. If we pound the ball and stall out, they get the ball at 1 or 2 yard line and we have still have 2 TO's.
If you look at the game, Bama's defense was off or at least a step behind. It seemed as if we were stubborn and refused to admit our base package wasn't gonna cut it. The players they had on the field were recruited for smash mouth football. I know the games over but man we didn't adjust till we were forced.
Remember the good ole days with the "jumbo package". Personally I think we have it really good folks. It does not matter one bit who the OC is and what plays he calls. If it works he a genius and if it doesn't then maybe he's not the right man for the job. What if that screen to Yeldon doesn't work last week against LSU. I mean AJ was passing downfield almost at will on that drive...and we have the nerve to call a screen. If Yeldon gets tackled for a minimal gain or even a loss, the clock continues to run, and suddenly that's the stupidest call anyone could have made. Coaches make the calls because they've practiced them and trust the players to execute. I wouldn't trade any of our coaches or players on this team for anyone else.
It's not so much If we still had McElwain, but rather, if we still had Jalston Fowler.
I may disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler.
THis. I don't hear you criticizing any of the plays during the other 58 minutes of the game. There were times I thought play calling got bland, but I have very little criticism for the last series. The definition of a good play caller is someone you can't predict the calls. I think everyone was expecting us to run on the last series, so its the perfect time to pass. The last play was very similar to the last play at Awbarn in 2009. There isn't a defenseless play. We didn't execute it well. AJ threw it late and too far inside, and Cooper wasn't able to pick the DB. It just makes me sick that a defense that weak stopped us to win the game.
All in all, I think Nuss has been pretty good.
I remember how we grilled McEwain during 2010, then came the 2011 season with the improved line. Also we can't forget the undercurrent in the NC game where coach Saban influenced opening up the offense more, and it ended up being one of Coach McElwains better called games. Many credited Coach Saban for some of that.
The OC's run the Alabama offense with some of their own added in the mix, and they cal plays. I can't really tell much difference, which is a credit to the type of program Coach Saban runs. We are always prepared, and we never put to much on anyone. It's all designed to be able to seamlessly replace someone.
Coach Saban will jump, I mean go to the lake before he runs a spread offense that relies on one player to win the game.
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It really isn't about McIlwain or Nussmeirer; if we execute then it is not a mistake.
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I think Nuss will learn. He's made some brilliant calls this year. The only pattern I've seen develop is that if AJ misses on first down, we'll run up the middle 7 out of 10 times - even when the defense is stacked against the run. Mac was way more predictable on first and third downs.