A few years ago, Alabama’s front office told me to “just do your job.”
We were told it would take a while, but we’d be able to get better.
We were promised a team that could run the ball and protect the passer.
And then last season, the Crimson Tide offense did everything it was supposed to.
The Tide ranked No. 2 in the nation in rushing yards per game, scoring touchdowns on a ridiculous 60.9 percent clip.
When it comes to a team’s overall defense, that’s good.
When you have two of the top-rated defenses in the country and a top-five scoring offense, that tells you that things are going well.
It’s a lot easier to improve your overall record when your team’s been doing it for a while.
And that was the case with Alabama’s offense last year.
As we’ve written about before, the Tide was loaded with talent and a talented defense.
The only thing missing was a quarterback.
That’s exactly what happened.
Nick Saban and his staff didn’t get a quarterback this year.
They got a quarterback who was good enough to make the transition from starting quarterback to starting quarterback and then to second-stringer to starting second-base coach.
That player was the former Alabama quarterback, Matt Barkley, and his new team was going to have to do the same.
The defense, meanwhile, was completely rebuilt from scratch.
When Barkley got the call to start at Alabama, the Alabama defense was ranked No, 20 in the Associated Press’ composite rankings.
It was the worst defense in the FBS.
When the Crimson Beards offense came to town, Alabama ranked No., 22 in the AP’s rankings.
And this season, Barkley was the new starter.
He was the first true freshman quarterback to start for Alabama since Nick Saban left the program after the 2008 season.
Barkley had a good season.
He completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 3,541 yards and 11 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.
He threw for a total of 5,853 yards with 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
It wasn’t exactly the most explosive offense in the SEC, but it was certainly a lot better than last year’s defense.
Barkley was very, very good.
And he was the best thing that could have happened to Alabama in 2017.
In his second season, Alabama allowed only five touchdown passes and two interceptions.
When he was asked about the Crimson Bluff offense during a press conference last month, Barkley had some strong words for Alabama’s new defense.
“I think they did a lot of good things.
I thought they were good enough, and that’s what matters,” he said.
“You’ve got to be able, you’ve got a defense that can hold up, and you’ve also got to have guys who can execute.
If you don’t have those guys, you don.
So I thought we did a good job.”
That was a strong statement from the new coach.
But if he were to take the reins again, the new defense would be even better.
“There’s a good opportunity for a team to take this defense to the next level,” Barkley said.
It might not be easy to do, but Alabama can.
But the first step is to understand what it takes to be a good defense.
What are the biggest things the new defensive coordinator needs to focus on to have a successful defense?
Let’s take a look.
The Most Important Defense Move 1.
Protecting the QB The first big thing Saban and the Crimson Shores defense did to improve the offense last fall was to start Barkley.
The quarterback position is a key one for many defenses in college football.
And it’s the position in which offenses struggle the most.
A quarterback can be a huge advantage to a defense, especially in a deep-ball game.
But in a true passing game, you have to make sure you protect the quarterback.
Because if you do, you’re giving up a ton of yards.
This season, as the Crimson Raiders continued to run the football, they did so by keeping the ball on the ground, using it as an advantage, and playing zone coverage.
And with that, the offense became even more explosive.
“We’re not going to just go down the field and go downfield,” Saban said after the game.
“It’s a big difference.”
The defense was able to keep the ball in the air, keep the field level, and get pressure on quarterbacks.
That allows defenders like Jalen Hurts and Derek Barnett to run at them from the edge.
And when they do get into that space, they’re going to find a hole to run through.
This is one of the biggest reasons why Alabama has the No. 1 rushing defense in college sports.
They do that by putting a lot more pressure on the quarterback to throw the ball into the middle of the field, and they do it by forcing quarterbacks to make difficult throws.
They also use zone coverage to help pressure the passer, allowing