The Alabama Crimson Tide’s fall scrimmage game was Saturday afternoon and if you didn’t think their quarterback situation was messy before, you certainly think that now. Head coach Nick Saban is certainly not happy about that either.
According to Coaching Search, Saban attended the postgame press conference, like all coaches will, and had a few words to say about his team’s current quarterback race. Those words weren’t very pleasant at all as he absolutely went off on the team not having a clear favorite for the position just weeks before the season.
“I don’t know,” he said. “The way I see it happening is, as soon as we start gaining a little bit of confidence in a guy and we put him in the situation where you’ve got a chance to be the guy, they have to take advantage of that. They have to take the ball and run with it. We’ve seen that a couple times, and it’s a little bit like, ‘Giddy-up, whoa.’ I’m just waiting for somebody, when they break out and have a couple good days, and say, ‘I’m going to do this.’ You’ve got to win the team, and I see guys starting to win the team, and then something happens. That’s gotta happen.
“Somebody’s gotta make it happen. I can’t make it happen. As bad as I’d like to make it happen, I can’t make it happen. Miss Terry was here today, and I’m sure when I go home, I’m going to get an earful about the quarterbacks, who played best, who she likes the best and all that, but she can’t make it happen either. If it doesn’t get decided, like it didn’t when A.J. (McCarron) and Phillip Sims were here, they both played a quarter, a quarter, a quarter, a quarter in the first game, and that’s how we figured it out.
“So, do I want it to happen that way? No. But I can’t make this happen, as bad as everybody wants it to happen, and they want to create this great hope. ‘Coach said this guy is the man.’ I can’t make it happen.”
The Tide currently have senior Jacob Coker, redshirt freshman David Cornwell, and true freshman Blake Barnett all vying for the starting job. Right now, it’s not clear who will be in that spot on September 5, but the team needs to figure that out and fast.
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