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- Nick Saban after reading AJ's comments
- Nick Saban after reading AJ's comments
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AJ McCarron says Alabama needs to find more playmakers, lacks 'true leaders' on offense |

"I think one of the things that this team is lacking that hurts them the most is not having the true leaders like we had last year and guys that, when things go bad, 'hey, let's calm everybody down, pick it back up and go back to work and get back on the right track. I feel like when things go bad, this team struggles a little with bouncing back and making good plays."

AJ McCarron says he misspoke about Alabama leadership, reaction was 'ugly side of the media' |

"It comes with the position of playing the position of QB at the University of Alabama, for the rest of your life and however long your career lasts in football and then after football, people are going to want to hear what you have to say about the university," McCarron said. "And sometimes that' going to be taken out of context and blown up more (than) what it was actually intended for. And that's the bad side of media and the for the guy that first wrote the article, I mean, that's his job. The negative attracts people to click on the article and read it more then it goes from there

"I misworded it last night and I'll admit that," he said. "What I meant, because I gave an example right after I said that, which was the 'vocal leader.' So that's what I should have said was vocal leader and I mentioned last night, they have plenty of leaders on the team. I named numerous ones last night. Ryan Kelly, I knew he was one of them. And I asked, with him being out, who was going to be that vocal guy that steps up now? And I asked is that Blake Sims? Does he need to step up into that role? That's not a negative in any way."

Whatever, AJ. Maybe you misworded something or maybe you just said what you actually think and people didn't like it. Either way, if you know every word you say will be analyzed and misconstrued, hire a PR guy or stop talking to the media. Or better yet, just go play football and worry about your own career and let Coach Saban worry about Alabama.

K, thanks, bye.

Arkansas vs. Alabama Advanced Stats Preview - Arkansas Fight

Woof. Alabama has yet to face a quality rushing offense. If you want to use the words "Florida" and "quality" in a sentence about offense then that is your prerogative. Arkansas has faced one awful rush defense (Texas Tech), two pretty decent ones (Auburn, NIU), and one bad one (Texas A&M). So while logic dictates that Alabama probably has a good rush defense – that’s been a hallmark under Saban – this season’s numbers do not prove that.

Reasons to Hate: Alabama - Arkansas Fight

2. 1964. Okay, so we've written about this before. BUT, it doesn't change the fact that Alabama is going to keep on claiming it with no asterisks or anything.  1964 was the year when after the dust cleared at the end of the regular season, Alabama's 10-0-0 record was deemed better by the AP Poll than a 10-0-0 record also held by the Razorbacks.  Alabama went on to lose to Texas in the Orange Bowl, while the Hogs beat Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl.  But since the AP Poll at the time did not revise its poll after the bowls, the Tide still claim the 1964 championship. Coincidentally, that travesty was the trigger that caused the AP to revise its policy and they have released their final poll after the bowls ever since. In a cruel bit of irony, Arkansas went undefeated in the regular season the following year in 1965, but lost to LSU in the Cotton Bowl and could not claim the 1965 title.

While I agree the way Alabama was given the title in '64 seems odd and a little insane, the AP voters voted Alabama #1. We didn't just up and claim it like others on our list. So I get you may not like the outcome but you can't expect Alabama to go, "Oh, yeah, you're right, that's wrong so you can have the title. Sorry for the misunderstanding".

CBS' Gary Danielson says it's not Alabama, but rest of SEC, that's different |

"I don't think Alabama is playing any differently than they have in the past," Danielson said Wednesday. "There have always been certain weaknesses on their team that they would manage very well. They had a little bit more veteran (presence at) quarterback with AJ (McCarron) that pulled out some games before. The difference for Alabama now is the bottom of the conference and the middle of the conference are moving up.

"There are a lot of factors here. The willingness of teams to go to the spread and throw the ball on early downs, not having to go toe-to-toe with superior athletes at Alabama at the line of scrimmage has an effect. The fact that the SEC has gotten all this publicity and has recruited so well, top to bottom, the games are just tougher."

After the party, beware the college football hangover - LA Times

You never see it after a regular-season NFL game — not even in the South. If San Francisco loses at Atlanta in October, no merry mob of celebrators rips the goal posts down and parades them past City Hall. The governor does not issue a congratulatory proclamation that sounds like the ratification of the Constitution. You see it all the time in college football. You saw it last Saturday. The state of Mississippi enjoyed one of the greatest days in its history. "I think you're always hearing about what Mississippi is last in," Mississippi State Coach Dan Mullen said, summing it up perfectly. Double-shot home wins last weekend provided the state a much-needed psyche boost.

I read this and felt sad for the State of Mississippi. I mean, I know football can help heal wounds after a disaster (see Saints after Katrina and Bama after the T-town tornado) but if, after a regular season win, you think to yourself "The state of Mississippi enjoyed one of the greatest days in its history" you may want to rethink your priorities.

Alabama practice report: More movement on the offensive line and coaches were fired up |

-- After sitting out drills in media viewing periods the last few days, Arie Kouandjio was lined up again with the first team at left guard.

-- Alphonse Taylor was taking reps with the first team at right guard with Leon Brown going second.

-- Bradley Bozeman again worked with the first group at center followed by J.C. Hassenauer and Josh Casher, respectively.

-- Dominick Jackson was working with the second group at right tackle.

I sense troubles ahead for our offensive line. For whatever reason, Jackson hasn't been able to crack the starting five at RG. Maybe guard isn't his natural position, but you have to think he could be more productive than Taylor or Brown, given what we've seen from those two so far. Arkansas doesn't have a great defensive front, but they are good enough to take advantage of a true freshman center starting his first game and whatever we have at right guard.

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