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Overall Grade: B+
Nick Saban is one of the greatest coaches of all time. Kirby Smart is one of the greatest coordinators of all time as well. The jury is still out on Doug Nussmeier, but he's done nothing to give me pause at this point in time.
Now that that's out of the way, we can move on to the issues at hand. Earlier, I brought up a possible “21-Point Rule” that the staff appears to be following. Could we please stop that? Given the intensity that Alabama plays with up until a certain point, it's hard to believe that this isn't originating in the management section of the team.
If that happens, all the play-calling issues will go away. While it's necessary to run the ball to weaken an opponent's defense, is it necessary to stubbornly call two or three rushes back-to-back on a three-and-out? It's difficult to believe that McCarron is that bad at decision-making. If he were, Blake Sims or Phillip Ely would probably getting more field time. Of course, we all realize that there were two NFL players in the secondary on Mississippi State's side of the ball, so it could have simply been coverage that was that good.
For the most part, the coaches hit all the necessary adjustments and were yelling at all the right people. The game plan just seemed to be a little off at times. Overall, it was a great performance on everyone's part that ended in a 38-7 Tide victory. Top grades all across the board for the result on the scoreboard, though.