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alabamabuckeye
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(serious) why is Slade starting?
He is the least explosive athlete on a team with few explosive offensive athletes, he never gets separation, is easily tackled, and dropped a wide open TD standing still today.


Bham4Tide
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re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
Williams is the only explosive guy Bama has.


Golgi Apparatus
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re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
That drop was absolutely unforgivable.


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CrimsonBoz
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re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
We had 10 dropped passes and Slade was 1. He is far from the problem but people who know nothing about the game keep insisting it’s him.


tider04
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re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
I’ve been on Slade’s side until today. That was absolutely unacceptable and could easily have cost us the game. Jojo needs to start taking more of his snaps, period.


1BamaRTR
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re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
Blocking I guess? I guess the other guys behind him are worse?

He’s not an NFL caliber guy but I thought he’d at least be in the category of guys like Mullaney and Hanks. He seems to be in the tier of Foster and Dieter. Ironically both in the NFL but point is, he isn’t doing much.


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armytide373
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re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
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dropped a wide open TD standing still today.

And another contested one that was well placed

He must be a practice champion, team leader. Seems like a good kid, and I admire all of their efforts, but, he does not seem the top talent.

That said, being bought in, leadership and work ethic are heavy factors for Saban's lineup decisions


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1BamaRTR
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re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
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We had 10 dropped passes and Slade was 1.

His drop was easily the worst one though. He turned around, was all alone, and had the ball right in his hands. The rest of the drops were receivers who were pretty well covered.

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He is far from the problem

He’s the no.3 WR so obviously not but he isn’t the slightest bit explosive or reliable. Hopefully one of the younger guys can learn enough (or get better at blocking) to take over for him at some point.


CrimsonBoz
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re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
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I’ve been on Slade’s side until today. That was absolutely unacceptable and could easily have cost us the game


So could any of the other dropped passes. But let’s focus on one thing and blame it on him.


The Spleen
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re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
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Williams is the only explosive guy Bama has.


And he has more drops this season than Slade does.


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Robot Santa
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re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
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He’s the no.3 WR so obviously not but he isn’t the slightest bit explosive or reliable.


Yeah, he isn't the problem, but the overall lack of big play threat our WR corps presents is a huge issue for our offense.


CrimsonBoz
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re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
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His drop was easily the worst one though. He turned around, was all alone, and had the ball right in his hands. The rest of the drops were receivers who were pretty well covered.


Was a bad drop, it happens. We won.

Like standard Bama fashion everyone wants the “young” guy to start. They aren’t starting for a reason. JoJo seems talented but he is raw. He will get there.


eric4UA08
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Member since Nov 2008
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re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
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So could any of the other dropped passes. But let’s focus on one thing and blame it on him.


I mean… one of the worst TD drops I’ve ever seen. Only one I can remember worse was that AU receiver against Ole Miss a really long time ago that cost them the game.
It’s the kind of drop that can ruin a game from someone who has to be dependable in order to maintain his spot on the field. We won, so it’s moot, but I’m not sure why it’s surprising to you that people are bothered by that drop.


tider04
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Member since Oct 2007
5036 posts

re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
Yep, Slade is mediocre at best but nobody else is looking dominant either. None of our guys are catching short throws and turning them into huge gains like we’ve had the last few years. Heck, our WR core looks downright pedestrian. What you expect to see at OM or AU. Very concerning.


CrimsonBoz
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Member since Sep 2014
11671 posts

re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
Correct the entire group doesn’t look like the group of 1st rounders we’ve had. Maybe someone will emerge.


YStar
Member since Mar 2013
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re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
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We had 10 dropped passes and Slade was 1. He is far from the problem but people who know nothing about the game keep insisting it’s him.


Yeah he's part of the problem.

Problem being we only have one talent that could considered elite making catches. J.Williams.



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Grievous Angel
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re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
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Correct the entire group doesn’t look like the group of 1st rounders we’ve had. Maybe someone will emerge.


Or maybe--and hear me out--it's extremely rare to have WR group with four 1st rounders in it.

Maybe it's unreasonable, even at Alabama, to expect a pro-bowl player at every spot in the WR lineup.

Maybe, just maybe, we aren't as elite as we were the past couple of years.


1BamaRTR
New Orleans Saints Fan
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Member since Apr 2015
19965 posts

re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
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They aren’t starting for a reason.

I know. That’s what I speculated too with the blocking and offensive knowledge aspect. I just think Slade has a really low ceiling.


YStar
Member since Mar 2013
9907 posts

re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
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And he has more drops this season than Slade does.


I believe both have two and Slade basically is an undersized wide out running what looks like a 4.7 out there.

I don't even get why he is defended on here when if this was some other player he would be burned at the stake.


CrimsonBoz
Alabama Fan
Member since Sep 2014
11671 posts

re: (serious) why is Slade starting?
His ceiling is lower than some of our young talent my assumption like many is they just aren’t ready yet.


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