Thursday, May 12, 2016

Alabama could be truly elite on both lines next year

Thanks to the return of their three best pass-rushers from a year ago, when they had their best pass-rush of the Saban era, and the return of their LT Alabama is looking good in the trenches for next year.

I wrote it up over at SB Nation, mainly profiling LT Cam Robinson and pass-rushers Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams, and Ryan Anderson.

Having observed the Alabama spring game I'm not sure what they're going to do at QB next year but they'll probably be very good on offense just going with the eldest guy who's best at protecting the football, like they always do.

They're moving guard Ross Pierschbacher inside to center, which is important in their inside zone schemes because a big, powerful center allows them to loose the guards to go downhill and pick off LBs. If he can lock that position down the Tide are going to make a 1k yard rusher out of at least one of Derrick Henry's replacements.

Add that up with a good looking secondary and you have a team that has to be considered favorites to make the playoffs next year.

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