You should never underestimate another team’s quarterback, especially if that team is Ohio State and is coached by Urban Meyer. The Alabama defense found that out the hard way back in January and they are finally fessing up to their fatal mistake.
Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart joined a radio show with 680 The Fan out of Atlanta, Friday morning and said that his players admitted to him that they didn’t respect Cardale Jones and his playing ability. College Spun had the report from earlier on Friday.
“I said … “Where did we go wrong? What did we do wrong,” Smart asked a trio of his players following the game. “All three of them said they did not the respect the quarterback. Our job as the coaches was to make them respect the quarterback,” Smart said. “Well, they heard from the media, they heard from ESPN, they heard from everybody that he was a third-string quarterback. How can a third-string quarterback beat Alabama? We didn’t promote him enough, and they didn’t value his talents enough. And he came in – we thought he was a really good passer — well, he ran the ball well, too.”
I can see where the Crimson Tide would not have respected a guy like Jones. He had yet to prove himself, despite demolishing Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game just a month before. He was still the third string guy and had not faced off against an SEC defense the caliber of Alabama’s.
Jones did fairly well for the Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl, which played host to the first game of the College Football Playoff in 2015. He threw for 242 yards and a touchdown and rushed for thirty-eight yards and a touchdown, all while scoring forty-two points. That was just two points behind Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
The Tide have learned their lesson now. You should never listen to what ESPN or any of the big social media markets have to say about a player. You always respect a guy’s skills until you know you have them beat.
Oh well, better luck next year, Bama.
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