The 2016 defending National Champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide will once again have a dilemma at the quarterback position. As of right now there is no clear-cut favorite to win the starting job at the quarterback position right now.
According to the video below, one of the three signal callers mentioned will become the starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide this season. Cooper Bateman, Blake Barnett, and Jalen Hurts all have different skill sets that separate themselves from each other.
You would think that head coach Nick Saban would go with the 5th year senior in Cooper Bateman, but there must be something going on that is not allowing Saban to hand the reigns over to Bateman.
There have been a lot of doubters among members of the mainstream media in regards to Alabama’s chances of repeating as National Champions this season. Last year the team was in a familiar situation with Jake Coker when he took over as the starting quarterback for the Tide last season. Coker would lead Alabama to its 16th National Title in school history.
On top of that, I was impressed by the way Coker handled himself in crucial situations. Check out the video below to see Coker’s athleticism on display against the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl last season. Except the Ole Miss game, Coker performance last season as Alabama’s starting quarterback was exceptional.
He stepped up to the plate when it matters the most. In 2016, I expect the same out of whoever Nick Saban names the starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide this season. I do not know what it is, but Saban knows how to get the best out of quarterbacks that would not be allowed to start anywhere else in college football.
You might disagree with me on this point, but I think there should be an argument for Nick Saban being a quarterback whisper in college football. His niche is in building elite defenses, however; he knows how to transform mediocre quarterbacks into big game winners.
He won two National Titles with A.J. McCarron under center and almost a third with Blake Sims as the team’s starting quarterback. Crimson Tide fans should not be worried about who will be the starting quarterback for the 2016 campaign.
Saban always finds a way to tailor the offense around the strengths of the quarterback that he decides to put under center. The issue that Bama fans need to worry about is how the team is going to escape Knoxville, Tennessee with a victory on October 15th. The opener against USC will be a no contest for the Crimson Tide.
Photo credits by campusinsiders.com
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