"I don't know what class is but I can tell when one has it, you can tell from a mile away"
-- Coach Bryant
"We always talk about playing 60 minutes but this is a 60-10 game: the 60 minutes of the game and the 10 minutes in the locker room after the game that you remember for the rest of your life."
-- Nick Saban day after beating Clemson
Last edited by Rasputin; January 6th, 2013 at 12:00 AM.
Unless something's changed and we're playing a "Legends" game, that "habit" you speak of is non-existent; and in no way, form or fashion can be used to predict a tight game.
You can't reason a man out of a position he didn't reason himself into.
All this stuff about history and such is meaningless to these players. Most of these guys were not even born the last time Alabama and Notre Dame played. Many of their parents weren't even adults the last time the two played for a title.
Our weak link is our defensive secondary and our defense is ranked:
- 1st nationally in opponent red zone scoring percentage at 62.96%
- 1st nationally in passing plays of 10+ yards allowed for the season with 78
- 2nd nationally in passing yards allowed per game at 166.2 ypg
- 2nd nationally in opponent field goal percentage at 41.7%
- 2nd nationally in total passing TDs allowed at 7
- 6th nationally in pass efficiency defense with an efficiency rating of 101.5
- 11th nationally in total opponent first downs by passing with 103
- 13th nationally in overall completion percentage allowed at 54.3% (196 of 361)
- 14th nationally in passing yards per attempt allowed at 6.0 ypa
- 16th nationally in opponent 3rd down conversion percentage at 32.42%
- 17th nationally in total interceptions at 17
- 28th nationally in opponent red zone touchdown percentage at 51.85%
- Dee Milliner is ranked 1st nationally in passes broken up with 18 total
- Dee Milliner is also ranked 4th nationally in passes defended per game at 1.67
- Robert Lester is ranked 29th nationally in interceptions with 4 total
To say that this is our weak link seems like a compliment rather than an insult.
Last edited by IH8Orange; January 5th, 2013 at 06:11 PM.
"If it feels good, then you're not doing it right" - Coach Scott Cochran
"Sharing a conference with Nick Saban is like sharing a steak with a lion. Only one of you wins that battle. And it's not you." - Gregg Doyel
I wouldn't call the Bama secondary a weak link. When your run defense does a good job of stopping the run the pass becomes the only means a team can move the ball. That doesn't make the secondary weak, just the best means available.
In college football overall, the secondary is the most exploited unit for every team. It's a big step from HS football to College football especially for defensive backs.
Our secondary, outside of Milliner, is the weak link. Most Bama fans I know agree with this assessment. I thought the coverage improved as Geno Smith developed a larger role late in the season, but the better QBs we faced late made some plays and picked up some yards on us. Our DBs are still pretty good, but truthfully we faced mostly sub-par QBs this year.
"I'm just a simple plowhand from Arkansas, but I've learned over the years how to hold a team together, how to lift some men up, how to calm others down, until finally they've got one heartbeat, together, a team."