A Blessing in Disguise
The Crimson Tide has had arguably the hardest first two games of their season. Each opponent showed things that the Tide needed to improve on. Could those two games prove to be a ‘blessing in disguise’?
Alabama had a tougher than expected game with Virginia Tech. The offensive side of the ball posed the biggest questions for the Tide. The offensive line seemed to have trouble protecting the quarterback, A.J. McCarron. McCarron was sacked 3 times. Alabama only rushed for 96 yards on 38 carries. That number is significantly lower from what Tide fans have come to expect.
When Alabama faced Texas A&M the Tide improved tremendously. A.J. McCarron had zero sacks and the Tide running backs rushed for 236 yards on 36 carries and 3 total touchdowns. The Texas A&M game possibly answered the burning question, who Yeldon’s backup will be. While it’s not completely certain who it will be Kenyan Drake looked impressive running the ball 7 times for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Comparable to the Virginia Tech game, the Tide also showed areas that need improvement. Alabama’s secondary was less than impressive, allowing “Johnny Football” to pass for 464 yards and 5 touchdowns. This is most ever allowed at Alabama in the “Saban Era”. A bright spot however, is the had two interceptions from the heralded Heisman.
There is always a silver lining dealing with Coach Saban and the Crimson Tide. You can almost bet your last dollar that whatever “problem” the Tide have, always seem to be fixed come the following Saturday. With the Tide improving on areas that needed to be addressed in the first game to the second, you can be sure that Alabama will improve this game as well. Which proves to ask the question, were these two games “a blessing in disguise”.
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