Best scenario, prolly not likely, AJ stays one more year, than hands off to one of the two RF QB's that are coming in next year. Regardless, the QB situation can't be worse than the barn's or the Tiger's last year
to 16 and beyond........
I was just wondering (I know Coach is da Boss but) why Ely did not get in the Bama vs Barn game in the 4th quarter? Is he in Saban's "doghouse" or was Coach just trying to get Blake Sims ready for Georgia, if needed?
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I would love to see him (next year) play 15-20 plays/game as a combo back/wr/qb
Let him throw 5 times/game, run it 5, and go out in coverage 5-10/game
Might be an effective strategy
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On side note, Coach Saban always shows good character other than a temper. Our country is screwy that once you are labeled, it sticks with you for life. We score 7 points after half mainly on offensive prevention. They even took Drake out when we got in the red zone.
I thought he showed some potential in the WCU game when they allowed him to still execute a balanced offense with the passing game. We were not really trying to run a true offense against Auburn when he came in...we were content with running the ball and he didn't really get many high-percentage passing opportunities when we did pass.
When they were mixing the pass and run on first and second down against WCU, he looked like a guy closer to a quarterback than a tailback at QB. It is hard to take much away given the competition in that game, but the throws didn't look bad.
I would have a hard time seeing B. Sims as an every-down QB in Saban's system. His throwing motion is just too long and ends in a release from about the three-quarter position. He'd almost certainly have a lot of fumbles and batted throws, not to mention the problems with accuracy that the motion causes.
A great wildcat QB. An excellent change of pace. A deadly runner. But unless we change to an Oregon-style system (and with Ely, Morris, and Bateman in the wings, wholly unsuited to running an Oregon setup, that ain't happening), he's just not a good enough passer to be the main guy.
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As mentioned earlier, after AJ leaves or graduates, if Sims proves to be our best option at QB, I think it will have to be a zone option read offense. Fortunately, the second string has been practicing this offense so it won't be a huge change. I think he could be an effective starter one day. I don't think SAban will make Morris, Ely, or Bateman the QB just because they are more of a pro-style QB. Whoever makes the best decisions, moves the ball, and doesn't turn it over will get the job. Regardless of the style of offense we run.
Sims would have a difficult time being a successful QB in our current system as a starter. It's a total mismatch. our offensive philosophy would have to change a good bit if he's given the nod