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I see big questions in the Bama secondary. I thought Milliner was overrated after watching him last year. I really think he is overrated after watching him against Michigan. Amazing that not a single talking head has commented on Milliner's interception that he shoved the WR out of bounds 10 yards downfield which constitutes illegal use of the hands - 5 yard penalty, automatic first down. Clearly Michigan liked the matchup with Milliner because they only went after Belue a couple of times (including a long completion where Sunseri did not have the range to help out over the top). The game plan was to attack Milliner. Only problem was Michigan was limited in the passing game due to their QB and WRs. Their average receivers had no trouble getting open or getting behind the Bama secondary.
Sunseri is a mismatch waiting to happen. LSU will miss Brandon Taylor but Bama may miss Mark Barron a whole lot more. Hard to believe that Bama has 3 safeties on the field in their nickel. Safety has alway been a key to Saban's secondary and I see at big step down at that position. I don't see a Mark Barron or Rashad Johnson out there and they played 4 different safeties (Sunseri stayed on the field).
Arkansas will be interesting but Bama will bring a lot of pressure to disrupt Wilson's rhythm. Did not see Bama get much pressure upfront (the game plan was to force D-Rob to throw from the pocket) so expect a lot more blitzing. If I'm Paul Petrino, I'm going 3-wide and attacking Sunseri. Michigan was also quite effective with the WR screens when Bama was zoning with Sunseri as the nickel.
Interesting that it appears both Bama and LSU may have an issue with having to play 3 safeties in their nickle and dime packages. I am suprised that Fulton is not on the field for Bama.
Jesse Williams supposedly can bench 600 lbs but he did not seem to move the 600 lbs in front of him very much.
Yeldon is clearly the best RB on Bama's team (great cutting / change of direction at full speed) and I don't think Lacy is even close. McCarron is an average QB who had the game of his life in January. Mettenberger has an enormous upside compared to McCarron. Of course, McCarron has something McCarron doesn't currently have.
Michigan did not have the QB or athletes in the skill positions to truly test Bama's secondary, but they got open and made plays and that may be something to keep an eye on as the season develops. Same may be true for the LSU secondary but Chancellor and Byrd of North Texas would have probably been on the field for Michigan last night.
I don't hate often, but when I do, I prefer Alabama, USC or Notre Dame.
Not real impressed at all and even less impressed with Michigan...Robinson looked a lot like JJ last night...Bama did give their QB time to throw...that's not something we can say...
Both teams have a ways to go...
Totally agree with you Lawge1....
Denard Robinson is a horrible passer; if he could have been accurate on just one of the many passes he overthrew or underthrew, Bama's defense would have had to adjust. All eyes were on Robinson just like they were on JJ in the national championship game and the outcome looked the same.
Is Bama well coached? absolutely...
Is Bama disciplined? yes...
Was Michigan a worthy opponent? not any more worthy than North Texas.
Nice post there Lawge1
How did Alabama's full-back - Jalston Fowler - look?
He got most of his carries/yardage in the 4th quarter. Looks bigger and maybe a step slower than I remember, but he ran hard. I think he is probably 3rd behind Yeldon and Lacy but in front of Dee Hart. He did not make a big impression on me as a blocking fullback but I was not focused on him.
I watche dthe full game this afternoon and the 2 units I was impressed with were the Bama OL and the Bama LBs.
The OL was dominant. Our DL is much better than Michigan's but we better come ready to play like last November against that group.
The LBs are much faster and athletic this year. Not quite as disciplined or football smart just yet but athletically, they're superior to last year's group. Hubbard is kind of freakish outside.
My take, at this point, is that we'll have to throw to beat them. That's their weakness. We're not gonna be able to line up and pund them. They are built from front to back to stop the run.
I noticed this too, and Herbstreit proceeded to say that "MIlliner is one of the best CB's in CFB"... he pushed the guy out of bounds 10 yards down the field, and caught a lame duck throw as the WR was rolling on the ground
Proud to support everything Louisiana
Michigan is not great but they aren't awful. They were dominated n th trenches and their dl was mauled. Mc doesn't have to be great because he has an OL that can run block as well as anyone in the country. You may think Milner s bad but UM couldn't do much against him. One thing their DBs do that impresses me is that they compete for the ball very well. And they are disciplined.
LSU can beat bama but the OL has to play up to their potential and quite frankly bama"'s blitz package confused us last year. The one reason I have been screaming about the offense is exactly to your point: if we cannot go vertical vs bama we will not win. miles typical game lpan will not work against them. Spread the field and let our athletes make plays.
LSU finally has some LBs to take the heat off the DL.
Nice reading that post through your purple colored glasses...LSU better be ready because BAMA will bring it...if Mettenberger was so good he would have beat out Murray, he's a left over QB...
He actually did then got suspended. The QB race at UGA was very close. If you can't see he is an automatic upgrade from the last 4 years you are blind.
I think the TD pass he threw to Boone was more than enough proof that he is an instant upgrade. I still feel that we haven't seen our whole passing game
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