quote:quote:What happens when the players step away from that team-first environment? What happens when they go from being one part of a big team to one employee of a big team and are left to their own devices? Sometimes, they’ve bought in to the Alabama way to such a great extent that they’re immediately lost the moment they step away from it.
No. 1: Lack of Saban-Like Discipline
quote:quote:While McClain’s fellow Crimson Tide first-round draft picks didn’t flame out as spectacularly as he did, they too might have been caught just as unprepared for adversity in the NFL.
No. 2: Unused to a Lack of Success
quote:Also see: Courtney Upshaw's weight issue.quote:Maybe all those Alabama defensive players that have been selected in the NFL draft in recent years appeared much better in college because of the talent next to them and the way Saban used their talents instead of having the ability to excel at the next level. Take Terrence Cody, who dominated as a defensive tackle for the Crimson Tide but struggled mightily last year for the Baltimore Ravens.
No. 3: Better Team Players Than Star Players?
with that said, they've had some high profile busts... but some guys are doing well and will do well in the future... hightower will be great in NE... richardson's well on his way to being the best back in the league... warmack will do well in TN.
It's eventually going to be their demise. Sure the draft picks look pretty now, but they're turning out to be 100%, garaunteed busts. It's becoming a talking point, and that is not good for the Tide.
The guys in the 2011, 2012, and obviously 2013 haven't even gotten started yet.
It's eventually going to be their demise.