Posted: 9:00 a.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013
By Slice of Life
What a beautiful day for football yesterday. Apparently, I was not alone in this sentiment, as a reported seventy eight thousand fans gathered in Bryant Denny stadium to cheer on the team and take in the newest edition of Saban's robot terror squad. As with the previous scrimmages, there was a healthy dose of passing. Unlike the previous scrimmages, the results were much more mixed this go around. Unfortunately for anyone that watched the game on television, coverage cut off with about four minutes left in the game, meaning we missed out on seeing T.J. Yeldon's touchdown run. This was probably all orchestrated by Saban to make sure more people come to next year's game rather than watch from home.
The fightin' Crimson fought valiantly, but ultimately, defensive prowess could not make up for anemic offense and the fightin' White carried the day with a score of 17 to 14. To the victor go the spoils, and in this case, that means a nice steak dinner, while the Crimson team will have to settle for beanie weenies. Perhaps this is the universe's way of tipping the scales a bit since the Tide defense has gotten the lion's share of the praise over the last few years, while the offense put up video-game numbers and languished in relative obscurity.
AJ's day was definitely a below-average outing for him. His first interception, which was returned for a touchdown, was a rather lazy pass where he just threw it up and hoped Cooper would bail him out. The respect that the wide receivers have earned with AJ is certainly not misplaced, but I hope that AJ does not make a habit of leaning too heavily on that trust to take unnecessary risks. His second interception was the result of breaking a cardinal rule. He rolled right all the way to the hash, then turned and threw across his body to the far end of the field. Really an unforgivable throw, and one that you don't want to see your fifth-year senior making. He's going to have to play a good bit differently in the fall if he hopes to dethrone Joe Willy as the best QB in Bama history.
After all of the back-patting I've been giving Blake Sims, I was hoping for a better showing from him in the passing game. There is no way to sugar coat it, folks. He looked dreadful. He only completed 50% of his passes, and routinely threw off-balance and off target. He threw two interceptions and both of them were about as ugly as they get. His one really positive passing play came in the form of a one-yard drag route that Raheem Falkins took for nearly thirty yards.
A few other thoughts from the game: