If AJ was suddenly absent, what do believe we would do. A combination of Ely and Blake? Defenses will immediately stack the box until Blake proves his arm. I was surprised that Ely didn't play at all, but I understand now that Blake fits what coach Saban was trying to do, run out the clock, keep the ball on the ground, maybe get a few 1st down. Blake fit that strategy better then Ely.
I am hoping that Cooper Bateman is the real deal, because I have no idea of the talent level of any pocket quarterback on the team. GMAC throwing a beautiful TD in the 08 Iron Bowl was comforting for the future. Let's hope that AJ stays healthy.