Why Worry About Alabama's Quarterback?

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Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:48 am

Why it's unnecessary to worry about Alabama's unnamed quarterback

The Unknown QB has been the biggest on-field story of the preseason in college football, in the SEC and at Alabama.

As one school after another has named a starter, from a true freshman at UCLA to a graduate transfer at Oregon, Alabama's starter has remained a mystery.

The reason is no mystery. What's the hurry? As Nick Saban said Thursday, "I think you can name a guy, but if we named a guy and then that guy wasn't the best performer and then we had to unname him, what good does that do?"

Good point. Better to be unknown in August than unnamed in September.

Any serious worries about what's going on behind the scenes under center in Tuscaloosa are unnecessary. For all we don't know heading into game week about which Alabama quarterback is going to take the first snap against Wisconsin and which quarterbacks are going to play, there are two things we should know by now about whichever quarterback Saban chooses.

1.He should make plays because ...
2.He will have playmakers all around him.

All the chatter about what Saban's former Alabama quarterbacks haven't done in the NFL has obscured what they have done in the SEC. The passing section of the Crimson Tide record book is dominated by quarterbacks who've played since 2007.

The top five seasons in Alabama history for completions, completion percentage, passing yards and passing touchdowns all have occurred since Saban took over as head coach.

Every Alabama starting quarterback under Saban - John Parker Wilson, Greg McElroy, AJ McCarron and Blake Sims - is on that list more than once, but that's not all. Every Alabama offensive coordinator under Saban also contributed to at least one of those seasons.

Major Applewhite included.

Whether it was Applewhite, Jim McElwain, Doug Nussmeier or Lane Kiffin tutoring the quarterbacks and calling the plays, who's been the constant? Saban. Nobody will call him a quarterback whisperer - whispering's not really his thing - but it should be obvious by now that Saban knows something about quality quarterback play.

Put it this way. Since he arrived in Tuscaloosa, has Saban gotten one of these quarterback decisions wrong?

One reason he's 4 for 4 on that score so far is he and his staff have surrounded Alabama's quarterbacks with plenty of blocking, running and catching talent. The numbers may blow your mind.

Since Cam Newton was selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Auburn has had one offensive player chosen in the first round: Greg Robinson.

Alabama has had seven: Julio Jones, James Carpenter, Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Chance Warmack, DJ Fluker and Amari Cooper.

Newton included, since Auburn's last Heisman winner led off the 2011 NFL Draft, the Tigers have had eight total offensive players drafted by the NFL.

Alabama has had 19.

So the next time you wonder about the Crimson Tide's ability to keep up with the exploding scoreboards from coast to coast because it hasn't named a starting quarterback and it lost the security blanket Cooper to the Raiders, remember this: There are NFL players in waiting on that side of the ball even if the quarterback isn't one of them.

All the Unknown QB has to do is what every Saban quarterback at Alabama has done. Get the stars the ball.

Odds are, he will.

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Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:58 pm

We'll see! It is going to be a very good football season and it all starts this coming Thursday night. Although I do believe Alabama will be in the mix, I do not believe they will be in the top four this year.

Actually, it started this past Saturday with some tremendous games, right down to the high school level. Anyone check out the Montana vs. North Dakota State game? WOW!

Anybody check out the Euless Trinity (Texas High School Football in the Dallas area) football team beating the USA Today's #1 and perennial power house, De la Salle (CA). Nobody comes to close to Texas High School football!

Now can I get a WAR EAGLE!!! :shock:
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