Alabama enters this season, with four new players in its second place, top cornerback Patrick Surtain (Patrick Surtain) is the only remaining in a full-time role in 2019.
Through five games, the team has insufficient experience.
Alabama’s defense ranks 77th in the United States, allowing opponents to convert 46% of their three-point shooting percentage, and ranks 75th in the 1
Coach Nick Saban saw common ground in the worst moments of the Department of Defense.
He said on the radio program on Wednesday night: “Every time there is an explosive performance, most of the time it involves safety.”
Alabama’s starting safety record this season is sophomore Jordan Battle and red shirt junior Daniel Wright, although sophomore DeMarcco Hellams sometimes replaced Wright, and The first half of the game was played against Georgia on October 17, when Battelle was suspending the game to lock the goal.
Last season, only Battelle made important defensive moves and participated in the team’s six guard defensive packs. Although this season’s freshman Brian Branch took over these positions against Tennessee on Saturday, Hellams played a “money” or defensive role at the start of the season.
Tide also has a freshman, starting with the “star” or nickel cornerback role, and Josh Jobe’s first-year starter is on the outside cornerback opposite Surtain.
Saban said Thursday night: “I think our corner kicks are actually half of the game.” “We didn’t give up a lot of games. We put a lot of pressure on those people in terms of where they have to screen. Where they are easy to do, we did not cover too much.
“But safety is not yet-we haven’t solved it well. Missed a lot of tackles. We made some poor adjustments. We played poorly several times, which gave another team a lot of effect.
“So I think the players are actually learning from all these mistakes, and as we move forward, they are actually improving. We will continue to coach and mentor them and try to make them aware that they have to do more. What a good player has to do.”
Saban went on to say that one of the safety issues this season is discipline.
He said: “It is a real challenge for us to control our eyesight correctly, lock the right things and see the right things.” “It’s just discipline and eye control. When you are playing one-on-one games, watching you Man. Those things are a real problem in themselves, but we are getting better. As the year goes by, we are getting better and better. I think this is the reason for the drop in allowed scores.”
Starting in the second half of the Georgia game, Alabama’s defense has shown improvement in the past six quarters. During this period, it gave up only 17 points, compared with 72 points in the previous six quarters.
Tide’s next opponent is Mississippi State, bringing the nation’s fifth-leading pass to Tuscaloosa. Mike Leach’s “airstrike” offense uses four wider receivers, which is likely to allow Alabama to maintain its six-time defensive guard status.
“[Eye control] Saban said: “In this week’s game, it will be a big deal because they will pass the ball often, tie the ball, and play occasionally.” “But if you don’t set key points for the lineman, you will Always make mistakes.
“One of my safety hazards makes me feel safer, and I always say:’Look more, see more.’ Because if you see a lot, you can’t see anything.”
Saban compared Mississippi’s offense with the “running shot” offense used by the Houston Oilers against Saban’s Cleveland Browns defense in the early 1990s.
“When we play, we are so physically [the Oilers’ receivers] I don’t want to play because the security is very high,” he explained. “When your team has real security, it makes a big difference. “
Mike Rodak is a key Alabama reporter for the Alabama Media Group.Follow him on twitter @mikerodak.