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Saban still not naming Crimson Tide's starting QB

Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:21 am
Edited on: September 6, 2011 2:42 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Nick Saban
called his team's season opener against Kent State an "audition" for the two quarterbacks vying to become the Crimson Tide's full-time starter. And to most observers (including this one), it looked like one of those quarterbacks had come much, much closer to acing that audition than the other.

But Saban doesn't see it that way--at least not in any public fashion. He told reporters Monday (without even being asked) that neither favorite AJ McCarron nor underdog Phillip Sims has won the job heading into this week's visit to Penn State.

“We’re going to continue to develop both of the quarterbacks that we have," Saban said. "We’re not going to name a starting quarterback today."

Saban didn't rule out naming one later in the week, a decision that might give McCarron a boost. The redshirt sophomore connected on 14 of 23 passes for 226 yards and the Tide's only passing touchdown of the game, a precision strike to Marquis Maze. Sims, meanwhile, hit only 7-of-14 for 73 yards and a 0-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio. For the game, McCarron outperformed Sims in QB rating 140.37 to 65.23.

Given McCarron already had the slim lead indicated by his having taken the season's first snap, you'd expect that to be enoug hto settle things. But McCarron didn't quite have a pefect performance himself, throwing two interceptions and missing a small handful of makeable throws. In any case, Saban didn't see enough to end the competition that's raged ever since the first practice of spring camp.

"That's a hypothetical question," Saban said when asked point-blank if he would abandon the every-three-series rotation the Tide used against the Golden Flashes. "We know who we're playing this week. We know what it's like to play there. We've played there before. And we know what our quarterback situation is and I already addressed that."

But as clearly tired as Saban is of answering questions about his quarterback situation, he must also know they're not going to stop until one candidate or the other is named the starter. The guess here is that he's going to endure them one more week--long enough to leave the Nittany Lions guessing, but not actually to the point of giving Sims the same equal billing he enjoyed Week 1. We're betting that once the game kicks off and the speculation is over, the job is going to belong to McCarron.


Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 4:37 am

Saban still not naming Crimson Tide's starting QB

I think he will give the start to McCarron.  Assuming he does well, which I'm sure he will, he will be the starter full time.

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: September 6, 2011 8:25 pm

Saban still not naming Crimson Tide's starting QB

if Saban cant pick one it must be somewhat of a problem

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 7:24 pm

Saban still not naming Crimson Tide's starting QB

It's not even remotely close. McCarron will be the starter at Happy Valley.

Sims will eventually be okay, but he was tentative in the opener and Saban knows it.

It's obvious that Sims needs a lot more game reps before he is ready to play in a hostile environment.

If McCarron plays well Saturday and Bama wins, the quarterback question should be answered.

Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 5:01 pm

Saban still not naming Crimson Tide's starting QB

Mccarron is the future qb hands down

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:58 pm

Saban still not naming Crimson Tide's starting QB

He's got a couple games to decide his best option.  Might as well let both of them get snaps and more experience and then he can better judge and they both will be better prepared by then.  I'd rather have seen Landry Jone's back up all 2nd half against TU.  OU has been known to lose a QB to injury, might as well get some depth!

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:47 am
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