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Saban bristles at steady stream of QB queries

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The overriding question when it comes to the 2014 Alabama Crimson Tide is, obviously, just who will replace three-year starter AJ McCarron at quarterback.

As the SEC Network debuted Thursday, Nick Saban was part of the fledgling network’s opening day “ceremonies” and was, of course, asked about the quarterback competition between Florida State transfer Jacob Coker and McCarron’s 2013 backup Blake Sims.  The head coach was genial in his responses, although, as expected, gave nothing away as far as who may be a front-runner.

When a similar line of questioning came from the mere mortals who cover the team on a daily basis?  That was a different story and different tone.

“Nothing. Nothing. I mean, I don’t know. What do you want me to say?” Saban said when asked how Coker and Sims would be used in Saturday’s scrimmage and if there would be any difference from the first scrimmage. “They’re both going to take an equal number of snaps, just like they did last week. And if you keep asking questions about it, we probably won’t give you their stats again.”

Well then. Take that, bastard media lowlifes.  If you want meaningless scrimmage statistics, best step your game up.

It would help both Saban and the media if one of the two grabbed the job by the throat and ran away with it, but neither has. By all accounts, Coker, the favorite to win the competition in the minds of more than a few observers entering summer camp, and Sims have essentially been dead-even throughout the course of the first two weeks of camp. That would seem to bode well for Coker, who didn’t officially join the Tide until the summer; Sims, on the other hand, had all spring to immerse himself in new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin‘s and still hasn’t been able to gain control of the starting job.

Neither Saban nor Kiffin have given any indication as to when a starter will be named. Alabama opens the 2014 season two weeks from Saturday against West Virginia in Atlanta.

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8 Responses to “Saban bristles at steady stream of QB queries”
  1. polegojim says: Aug 15, 2014 9:51 AM

    You’re just over two weeks from starting a new season… those are fair questions by sports journalists coach. Don’t throw a tantrum.

  2. dhardy8207 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:21 AM

    I think his frustation comes from he has repeatedly said numerous times throughout the last two weeks that a final decision has not been made. Earlier this week ESPN interviewed him and several different commentators ask the same question just in different wording. He hates repeating himself and thats what makes him snap.

    He makes almost 7 mil a year to be the coach and if he decides to drag the decision out and not make it public until game day, then that is his call and he is well within his right to do so. Its like your kid asking you can they go somewhere or do something with friends and you say ” I’ll think about it” and they repeatedly ask you as if they bug you enough you’ll just give in and let them have their way.

    There are other questions they could ask about other positions but have the mentality that if we keep on and on he’ll cave to the pressure and spill it.

  3. mogogo1 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:52 AM

    If he doesn’t like these softball questions now, just wait until whoever the starter ends up being has a bad game. Alabama fans got REALLY spoiled because AJ McCarron was so consistently good and almost never turned the ball over. It’s unlikely their next QB will be able to match that.

  4. sfsugator says: Aug 15, 2014 12:31 PM

    Curious to see Kiffins play calls.

  5. osage44 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:36 PM

    How dare anyone irritate Little Man?

  6. polegojim says: Aug 16, 2014 12:33 AM

    DHardy… he can drag it out until game day if he wants to… but that doesn’t preclude good Sports Journalists from asking perfectly relevant questions about it.

    The QB spot is the most highlighted spot on the team… and his biggest question mark this yer.

    He’s not above the questions… nor repeating himself like every other sports coach out there.

  7. 24pointlead says: Aug 16, 2014 8:55 AM

    You think this is a tantrum? Just wait – Kiffin Coker and Sims is a three-way from hell. This is going to drive Saban nuts.

  8. dcroz says: Aug 16, 2014 11:03 AM

    If he had a hard time controlling his temper with the media before, he’s really going to go nuts with the SEC Network now poking around campus twice as much as ESPN and other media did before. I certainly hope he really has mellowed the way he’s hinted at lately; his head will explode by the end of the season from all the additional interviews, questions, and insider-access stuff that SECN is going to throw his way.

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