Alabama dominated LSU in the BCS national title game last season, in part because quarterback AJ McCarron executed an aggressive, pass-first game plan to perfection and left the top-ranked Tigers dazed and confused.
McCarron delivered a surgical performance on the grandest of stages, and proved that he can carry the offensive load when his number is called—which presents Nick Saban and new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier with an intriguing dilemma heading into 2012.
Throughout its storied history, Alabama has always maintained an offensive identity that has consisted of playing physical, smash-mouth football.
Despite having a long list of quality quarterbacks to line up under center for the Crimson Tide, Alabama has never been an offense that would line up and pass the ball 30 to 40 times a game.
While no reasonable person will expect the 2012 edition of the Crimson Tide to break the offensive mold, Saban and Nussmeier may be tempted to loosen the reigns on quarterback AJ McCarron—for a variety of reasons.
Whether or not it will actually happen, Alabama is equipped—possibly more so than anytime in recent memory—to open things up in their passing attack.
Here are four reasons why the Crimson Tide must let McCarron air it out more.