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Chris, tremendous article on the BAMA D. I believe your quote on Nick Saban concerning the defensive sums up my opinion. The Secondary, in my opinion, will stack up well against the HUNH teams. The LB's and D Line most likely will aid the entire defensive by making the overall defense seamless. It all comes down to confidence. And BAMA did not have confidence in many games in 2013.
I live in Dothan, AL. Yesterday, one of our local sports radio shows had two former Alabama players in the studio. One of the WOOF radio hosts ask what can Alabama do to stop the spread/HUNH teams, i.e. Auburn. The ex-BAMA standouts said: "you have to recruit toward this new spread strategy". This meaning faster, leaner guys that can play all 4 downs.
BAMA is doing this now with current players such as Jonathan Allen (DE); D.J. Pettway (DE); Da'Shawn Hand (DE); Reuben Foster (LB); Rashaan Evans (LB); Christian Millier (LB); Marlon Humphreys(CB); Tony Brown (CB), etc.
Obviously Saban must come up with personalized game plans for the HUNH teams and individual players, i.e. Auburns Nick Marshall.
Good to see you still writing for something I love and enjoy reading. Looking forward to more. Thanks Chris. BB2One - Jon Atchely