Great win for my CRIMSON TIDE
! Complete domination. We definitely deserve our #2 ranking, and I actually can't imagine that there's a better team in the nation at this point. I'd love to play USC or LSU right now! That being said, I also don't think Michigan is a top 10 team. They may not even be a top 20 team. But that takes nothing away from our performance tonight. A few thoughts for now:
1. T.J. Yeldon
looks to be as good as expected, and more. Eddie Lacy
was probably not 100%, yet he still played well. And Jalston Fowler
is more than just icing on the cake. Love the way he runs!
2. Defense is awesome. However, I can tell that we really need to keep our leaders healthy, especially Dee Milliner
and Robert Lester
. Our young, inexperienced secondary will be exposed if we don't have our starters in there.
3. I would like to see a little bit better pass protection from our offensive line. However, I was concerned about that last year, and we still won the National Championship. I just think we HAVE to keep A.J. McCarron
healthy this year. But our solid offensive line should only get better, so I'm not too worried.
4. It was great to see a 51 yard field goal! So, hopefully we won't struggle with the same kicking woes that plagued us last year. And we haven’t even seen Adam Griffith
5. I have been completely spoiled by former punt return stars Javier Arenas
and Marquis Maze
. So it’s not even fair to compare Christian Jones
to them. He played very well tonight and should be a solid punt returner this season. I’d like to see him learn to go directly up field a little bit more. I’m sure he’ll only get better.
6. Very pleased with the offensive play calling. I am glad that Doug Nussmeier
isn’t trying to radically revamp the entire offensive philosophy. The focus still seems to be on a balanced attack, utilizing our playmakers and sticking with our bread and butter. And I am pretty confident there’s a lot of plays in the bag that have yet to be revealed.
7. Most importantly, our players all seem to be completely focused and humble. They’re not succumbing to the “success flu,” as Coach Saban calls it. As talented and as well coached as we are, the only things I see stopping us from our 15th National Championship are significant injuries or complacency. Not much you can do about injuries, but I trust that Coach Saban
will keep us from becoming complacent.
Lots of football left to be played, but we’re off to an A+ start! And I love beating Michigan! I’ve had a bitter taste in my mouth from that overtime loss to them in the Orange Bowl back in 1999.
(All that being said, my actual football experience is limited to one year of high school football as a backup QB. So my assessment is worth less than the piece of paper on which this could be printed. What I do trust - and what you can take to the bank - is my “NQS” philosophy: Never Question Saban!