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RollTide66
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The defensive line must fill the void left by the best player in the nation last season, Quinnen Williams. Big 92 disguised a lot of sins behind him. And the ever-steady Isaiah Buggs leaves a hole on the strongside that has been filled competently the last two seasons.


Think the addition of new DL coach may make a big difference. After a few years of not creating a rotational grouping of DL players and leaving the starters often exhausted and not having a sub when they were hurt, I am looking forward to seeing what Baker brings to the team. MSU had one of the best DLines Bama saw last year during the regular season, so hopeful of a marked difference in 19. So hopeful that the "Alabamaness" returns to the Dline and they start scaring the holy crackers out of opposing teams. Looking for Duke to rush for -yardage in game one and the DLine to rack their new Qb up so he is looking behind himself for open receivers. With the depth in ILB, the DLine will def need to be the force in the front 7



RollTideNL
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The Return of The Alabama Factor!!!!


bamarep
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Y'all downvoted me into oblivion after the Clemson game for saying that Bama had lost this "factor."

I said Bama had lost the "make his arse quit" mentality and hadn't had it for several seasons.


Did Boz ever drag his arse back up in here? Give him a little Mod gig and he goes and gets all uppity.
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RollTide66
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No Boz since he stopped by and made this a Sticky post. He said he was going to drop his insights on his next visit... and he has not visited.... never know where the road takes us and what part of life gets in the way of the important things like this thread... we are waiting BoZ!!!


RollTide66
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Offensive Coordinator/QBC: Steve Sarkisian Notes from SBnation 2019 Alabama Crimson Tide Spring Football Unit Previews: Meet the new offensive coaching staff
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Coach Sarkisian’s offensive prowess as a collegiate playcaller and developer of quarterbacks speaks for itself. For the better part of two decades, his name has been synonymous with high-octane aerial attacks and a mix of power running and plenty of explosive plays as he evolved towards no-huddle systems. His offenses at Washington and USC have been documented extensively by us before, so we’ll instead look at his recent work product and be as fair and as objective as we can. Like many coaches who made the leap from college to the pros, Steve Sarkisian saw much more success with amateurs. As offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, Sark’s tenure came under fire for failing to use all of the weapons at his disposal, especially the underuse of future Hall-of-Famer Julio Jones in and near the redzone (Dirty Birds fans feel free to defend/pile on in the comments below). His Falcons teams were 15th and 11th in 2017 and 2018 in total offense. Not terribly impressive numbers, to be sure. But, dig a little deeper and you’ll note this past season his team jumped to the periphery of the Top 10 after losing versatile and crucial cog Devonta Freeman just two weeks into the season. (Literally had no Rushing attach most of the year) And, a look at the advanced stats from Football Outsiders provides an even more favorable view of Sark: The Falcons were 9th and 8th respectively in adjusted weighted offense — and finished 7th and 10th in adjusted passing. When one looks to the rushing data, you see where Freeman’s loss was apparent. In 2018, the Falcons were 21st in weighted rushing, whereas Atlanta was 16th in 2017. To be sure, both represent a dropoff from the Falcons’ Super Bowl season of 2016, where they were 2nd in adjusted offense, 1st in passing, and 6th in rushing. But, that 2016 season very much is an outlier: In 2015, the Falcons were 23rd in weighted offense (23rd pass/25th rush). In 2014, Atlanta was 12th in adjusted offense (8th passing, 23rd rushing).

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RollTide66
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Offensive Coordinator/QBC: Steve Sarkisian continued...Notes from SBnation 2019 Alabama Crimson Tide Spring Football Unit Previews: Meet the new offensive coaching staff
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So, what can we say here looking at a 5-year trend map with Atlanta? His offenses did not approach the same prowess of the historic one that Atlanta fielded in 2016. But, they were better than ones the Falcons fielded in the few preceding seasons . And, perhaps more encouraging to Tide fans, the Falcons had a better adjusted rushing attack under Sarkisian than in either 2014 or 2015, and both of those teams had Freeman in the backfield as well. Perception, as usual, is worse than reality here. Now, Tide fans may still harbor questions about Coach Sarkisian’s playcalling in the 2017 College Football Playoff Championship Game, where he inexplicably dialed up over 30 passes for a freshman Jalen Hurts and negligently ignored the Tide’s running back depth on the bench: Bo Scarbrough’s second-half absence should not have been as crippling as it was. Still, Alabama did put 31 points on the board and held a lead with 1:21 left to play. Coach Sark may have been one of the goats of that game, but injuries in the secondary, mental mistakes, the Bama D’s inability to get off the field on third down, and 21-points allowed in the 4th quarter led to the collapse as much as anything — 31 points on the board with 81 seconds left should have been enough. Could the Tide have scored more? Absolutely. Should the playcalling and roster have been managed better? Yes, they should. Still, I think it is probably unfair to judge Coach Sark on a one-week hurried preparation, after being unable to directly coach any of these players from his role as an analyst. He has an excellent track record developing quarterbacks — hell, he even sent Jake Locker to the NFL. He is a lights-out recruiter. And, he has an outstanding relationship with the brothers Tagovailoa — the latter is very important, obviously. Thus, I think it is incumbent upon Alabama fans to give Sark a chance, based upon his own merits, over 12+ games and with two full camps and months of direct contact with these players — and keeping in mind the secondary functions of the job, such as the development of the quarterbacking group and what kind of talent he attracts to the Druid City. One thing that we needn’t worry overly much about are Coach Sark’s demons with the bottle. He has been sober now for the better part of four years. By all public accounts (and despite rumors and hearsay insinuating otherwise,) Sark has been a model citizen in prior stops at Tuscaloosa and Atlanta. Remember in yesterday’s State of the Program when I said 2019 would be year where fans must Trust the Process? Coach Saban genuinely likes Sarkisian, did not want to see him leave, and welcomed him back with open arms in 2019. This hire is perhaps one where we must suspend skepticism the most and give Saban the benefit of the doubt that he has earned: Nick doesn’t often whiff on assistant hires.

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RollTide66
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Offensive Line: Kyle Flood
Notes from SBnation 2019 Alabama Crimson Tide Spring Football Unit Previews: Meet the new offensive coaching staff
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One of the underreported aspects of building a coaching staff is the interaction between offensive coordinators and their offensive line coaches. Control over OL staff is one of the reasons that Dan Enos left for a lateral position with the second-tier Miami Hurricanes. Thus, it should not be a surprise that when Saban hired Sarkisian, the Tide obtained a two-for from the Atlanta Falcons. Former Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood spent the last two years as the Atlanta Falcons assistant offensive line coach working with the Sark. Flood has almost two decades of progressively responsible experience, mostly running offenses: he has coached offensive lines, has been a game clock/time management coach in the NFL, has been an offensive coordinator, an associate head coach, and has been a head coach at a Power 5 program. Flood’s Tenure at Rutgers has to be considered a success, on the field at least: his was the last period of success for the Scarlet Knights, where he led an undermanned program to three bowls in his four seasons at the helm. But, and there is a big one here, Flood also got caught red-handed violating NCAA academic policies. For that transgression, Rutgers was placed on two years of probation, and Flood personally received a one-year Show Cause from the NCAA — which he did not contest.

The NCAA allegations are fairly damning, and raise serious ethical red flags about Flood: The former head football coach failed to monitor his operations staff, which had oversight of the host group, and failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance when he violated university policy by contacting an instructor to make a special academic arrangement for a student-athlete. Another violation in the football program occurred when a former assistant football coach acted unethically when he was not truthful about a recruiting contact during his interviews with NCAA enforcement staff.
Recruiting-wise, Flood is a bit of an unknown quantity in the rough and tumble, but his early returns at Rutgers were good — he somehow managed to convince several four-star prospects to play for one of the most feeble programs in the nation. One suspects it is his ties to the fertile NJ area that helped land him the job as much as his ties to Sarkisian. Alabama has increasingly hit up the New England seaboard as its recruiting focus has become national. He knows his business on it, and he appears to be good in the living room with momma. But, you can’t help but imagine that he will be on the shortest of all possible leashes at Alabama.
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RollTide66
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Wide Receivers: Holmon Wiggins Notes from SBnation 2019 Alabama Crimson Tide Spring Football Unit Previews: Meet the new offensive coaching staff
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Holmon Wiggins is a true up-and-comer in the coaching ranks, and is an exceptional position coach in wide-open offenses. In his young career, Wiggins helped Justin Fuente rebuild a left-for-dead Memphis program, and recruited four future all-conference wideouts — two of whom would go on to play in the NFL. When he followed Fuente to Virginia Tech, Wiggins helped develop Cam Phillips into a first-team All-ACC performer. Phillips went on to become the Hokies’ career leader in catches and receiving yards and is now collecting paychecks with the Buffalo Bills.
Holmon is a great recruiter of wideout talent: Over the past three years he has inked five blue chip wide receivers, including snagging two for Alabama in just three months. Impressively, his recruiting ties run up and down the Atlantic seaboard — from NOVA and the Carolinas to Georgia. He is also well-loved by players: following his departure from Tech, two Hokies immediately left the program.
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RollTide66
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Running Back Coach: Charles Huff Notes from SBnation 2019 Alabama Crimson Tide Spring Football Unit Previews: Meet the new offensive coaching staff
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Nick Saban may not have the results of Penn State’s James Franklin, but there’s no doubt that Franklin had a helluva recruiting staff. Charles Huff is the second Franklin position coach that Nick Saban has now hired, and was the recruiting ace for Joe Moorhead when the latter left to become the head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. And, my god, were CLANGA fans mad when Huff (and Brian Baker) bailed for Tuscaloosa. That’s always a good sign. Another young coach (he’s just 35), Huff’s results speak for themselves. He coached Saquon Barkley to a much-deserved Heisman Trophy and a First Round NFL draft pick. He has recruited five blue-chippers lately, snagging three five-stars — and, yes, he secured the commitment of Chris Braswell for the Tide, outrecruiting Clemson down the stretch. Like Wiggins, and Gattis/Locksley before him, Huff has deep ties to the NOVA/MD region, and that has been his most fertile hunting ground. And, like Holmon Wiggins,
Huff is another up-and-comer with a
great recruiting track record,
excellent on-field production,
a very bright future in front of him,
and a garage full of toys to play with in 2019
. I think we should also mention that Huff is a stand-up guy — you should read his departure letter to the MSU fans.
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RollTide66
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Five offseason questions revisited: Defensive line
VIP By Travis Reier Revisiting five questions for Alabama's defensive line as the Crimson Tide moves through spring drills.
VIP coverage by Reier: Nuggets - Alfano and Eboigbe looking like vets already; and optomistic about addition of Baker as DL coach. Also good feelings about Mathis as QW's replacement, may not replace Q but will be good place holder. Lots of good new talent, esp the EE's will be good for depth and will push the vets.
Very long article, and it with the other articles not usually available except for paid members (remember the buy 1 get 2 additional months special going thru tomorrow) may be a thought. Less than $10 for 3 months of good info from Potter, Hank, Reier and the rest. but enough of the commercial...
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prevatt33
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never know where the road takes us and what part of life gets in the way of the important things like this thread... we are waiting BoZ!!!


I think Boz was relocated to Rotterdam in The Netherlands where they don't have internet.


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RollTide66
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Alabama Football: What to look for in spring from Sark and the QBs

bamahammer.com by Ronald Evans Follow @revansbama
Alabama football has a new offensive system to install and practice this spring. What to expect and when from Sark and the quarterbacks.
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Alabama football fans want to know how Steve Sarkisian will change the Crimson Tide offense. Will Sark take the 2019 Tide to the West Coast style he has always preferred? Will Sark retain some of the RPO schemes utilized by Mike Locksley last season? Could the new offense be a mixture of both? Had Sarkisian remained with the Atlanta Falcons, it is believed he intended to incorporate some RPO as an enhancement to outside zone rushes. Quarterbacks running West Coast systems are forced to make good reads and make them either pre-snap or quickly post-snap. Sarkisian will no doubt work with all the Tide quarterbacks, and especially Tua to get the ball out quickly. Tua seems well suited to such a system and it carries the added benefit of him not hanging in the pocket too long and getting pounded. Even if Tua does not improve significantly in his second full season (and he will), a healthier Tua will be a better Tua.
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Crimson Tide fans have little concern over Tua or Sark’s offense. Concern comes from what happens if Tua gets injured and cannot compete in some tough games. Can Mac Jones or one of the freshmen be an adequate replacement? Mac would seem to have an experience advantage over the three freshmen, but with all of them having to learn a new offense, that advantage is reduced. For Mac, Layne Hatcher, Paul Tyson and Lia Tagovailoa mental skills will be more important than physical attributes. Each of them will need to prove they can make all the throws required. They will have to be physically tough enough to run the football when appropriate. More important, to run Sark’s offense, they MUST make good reads. Spring for these guys will be as much about the film room as it is work on the field. Alabama football fans will search for every clue throughout the spring. Those clues will at best offer an incomplete picture. Nick Saban always mandates a vanilla offense in the A-Day game. The spring scrimmages will offer more insight but they will be closed to the media and the general public. On the two Saturday scrimmages leading up to A-Day, there will be some invited guests in attendance. They will be forewarned to not divulge anything. But observations and opinions do seep out. Depending on the source, the resulting clues can provide good insight for the rest of the Crimson Tide fanbase.


RollTide66
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Alabama Football: Six Tide players could surprise this spring
bamahammer.com by Ronald Evans Follow @revansbama

As Alabama football Spring Practice begins, look to these six lesser-known players to step up and elevate themselves into key roles for 2019.
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With only 13 starters returning on offense and defense, Alabama football offers many opportunities for lesser-known players to earn key roles. The six Crimson Tide players discussed below could make a big step forward, either as starters or as second-unit players frequently rotated into game action. The list does not include any of the true freshmen. Fifteen of them will participate in spring practice. Placekicker Will Reichard is considered a near-lock to earn a starting role. Others, like Antonio Alfano, Justin Eboigbe and Scooby Carter could work their way into the two-deep by the end of fall camp.
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The list does include four redshirt freshmen, a sophomore and a redshirt junior.
Christian Barmore
As a recruit, Christian Barmore stood out for quickness and speed uncommon for a 6-foot-5 player. What he lacked physically was weight and strength. Reports out of Tuscaloosa are he improved his strength appreciably during his redshirt year. He is also up to 310 pounds. We expect Christian to have a key role in the defensive line rotation.
Chris Owens
Owens appears to be the replacement at center for Ross Piersbacher. As a redshirt junior, he has some playing experience. His playing roles have been at center, guard and tackle. He is well sized for center at 6-feet-3 and 315 pounds. He will have to earn the starting role over Emil Ekiyor.
Emil Ekiyor

As mentioned above, the redshirt freshman will be in consideration at center. We expect he can earn a starting role at guard, at least until the end of Deonte Brown’s suspension. Ekiyor came to Tuscaloosa with a good bit of bad weight. He has trimmed down to 338 pounds.
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Xavier Williams
Four Crimson Tide wideouts are set for a regular rotation as long as they remain healthy. Rotational opportunities exist for two more. Williams a chance to the fifth guy. At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, the redshirt freshman can become the Tide’s most physical receiver.
Slade Bolden
Bolden is another redshirt freshman receiver who can earn a rotational role. Bolden has versatile skills, having played both running back and quarterback in high school. He can develop into a solid possession receiver for the Crimson Tide.
Eddie Smith
Sophomore Eddie Smith did not come out of high school as highly rated as most of his Alabama football teammates. Nick Saban has always rated him higher than his 3-Star recruit ranking. Although he can play corner, Smith has been developed to play safety. The Crimson Tide needs a new starting safety in 2019. Devonta Smith’s cousin, Eddie could earn a starting role in the nickel or dime. He will have to beat out Daniel Wright first.



RollTideNL
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Thanks for posting these articles about our new (offensive) coaching staff. Looks really promising.
And I really hope that this year (which includes January 2020!), there won't be a need for any 'who should Bama's next offensive/defensive coordinator be' threads on this site. If we could roll with this staff for the next two years, that'd be great.
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DinosaursAreReal
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* clicks on spring football thread *

* sees creepy AWL post *


RollTide66
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Is it one my links? Will check them all this evening when I get home from work


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* clicks on spring football thread *

* sees creepy AWL post *


Acronym Definition
AWL Always with Love
AWL Animal Welfare League (Queensland, Australia)
AWL Annotated Web Link
AWL Advanced Wireless Laboratory
AWL Access Point Wireless
AWL Addison Wesley Longman (publishing)
AWL A Wonderful Life (gaming, Harvest Moon series)
AWL Anweisungsliste (German: Instruction List)
AWL Alliance for Workers Liberty
AWL Absent Without Leave
AWL Alaska Wilderness League
AWL Association of Women Lawyers
AWL Atos Worldline (Belgium)
AWL Advancing Women in Leadership Journal (online journal)
AWL Award Winning Listener
AWL Average Word Length
AWL Automated Welding (Netherlands)
AWL Airworthiness Limitation
AWL Advanced Weapons Lab
AWL All Weather Landing
AWL Absence with Leave
AWL Away Without Leave
AWL Aircraft Warning Lights
AWL Albury Wodonga LAN
AWL Australian Wrestling League
AWL Automated Wire List
AWL Art Web League (France; online gaming)
AWL Airbag Warning Lamp
AWL American War Lords (gaming clan)
AWL ASAS Warlord
AWL Administrative Weight Limitation

I also searched urbandictionary.com and other similar spots. And so I have to ask, what kind of stupidness is the acronym "AWL"? I'm gonna go with Administrative Weight Limitation.

Also, that self-narration "nice guy" asterick stuff you're doing is way creepier that whatever you're referencing.
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