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Alabama won’t make a decision at QB until someone ‘clearly wins job’

Blake Sims

Alabama head coach Nick Saban isn’t happy with the persistent questions from the media regarding the team’s quarterback competition. Saban isn’t prepared to name a starting quarterback, and he may not do so before the Crimson Tide takes the field Aug. 30 against the West Virginia Mountaineers in Atlanta.

Senior Blake Sims (pictured above) and junior Jacob Coker have been battling throughout fall camp to lead the Crimson Tide onto the field, and neither of the signal callers have truly separated themselves from the other. Saban doesn’t plan to name a quarterback until one does.

“Until someone clearly wins the job, we’re not going to make a decision,” Saban said when he addressed the media Saturday.

Coker, a Florida State transfer, has generally been considered the favorite to win the competition. Coker may have lost to Jameis Winston in a quarterback competition last year, but there clearly is no shame in that after Winston went on to win the Heisman Trophy and a national championship. Coker is believed to have one of the strongest arms in college football and all the tools necessary to be a dynamic passer behind Alabama’s stout offensive line.

However, Sims isn’t willing to hand the job to Coker. The senior waited his turn behind A.J. McCarron, and he’s prepared to take over the offense as a senior. At the moment, Sims’ familiarity with the team’s system gives him a slight edge over Coker.

With neither quarterback clearly establishing himself at the top of the depth chart, another option will likely be considered. Saban may utilize a two-quarterback system to start the season and let live game action determining which of the two is truly prepared to lead the team into SEC play.

Alabama will have three weeks from the start of the season to figure out the solution before it plays the Florida Gators Sept. 20.

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9 Responses to “Alabama won’t make a decision at QB until someone ‘clearly wins job’”
  1. mehtoolazy says: Aug 16, 2014 5:30 PM

    dear jebus it’s summer 2011 all over again, where every single day there is a story about Bama not picking a qb yet. so, 14 more of these then?

  2. bama75 says: Aug 16, 2014 6:36 PM

    Sims will start, but Coker will eventually win the job imo. We will know soon enough.

  3. blackbirdrising2014 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:34 PM

    How did Coker fail to beat out Winston when he was the incumbent at the position?

  4. polegojim says: Aug 16, 2014 11:41 PM

    Now… that wasn’t so hard, was it coach?

    That makes sense and is a perfectly good answer.

  5. 700levelvet says: Aug 17, 2014 4:55 AM

    Who is Nick Saban????

  6. rcl1976 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:21 PM

    Coker was never the incumbent at the position at FSU. He received next to no reps before 2013.

    And Winston was better. A lot better. Don’t let the spin of how close they were fool you.

  7. blackbirdrising2014 says: Aug 17, 2014 6:20 PM

    I don’t think anyone was fooled about how close the competition really was last year… I think it was a runaway and the coaches recognized Winston’s talent and personality and tried to keep expectations tabled

  8. florida727 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:26 PM

    Hate to sound flippant about it but whoever starts at QB for Alabama will lead them to a good, if not great, season. They’re just freaking loaded, again. No knock on Auburn, but I think Alabama is still the class of the SEC and will get to Atlanta, and after that, the final four. I’ll root again them when Florida plays them of course, but man, I sure do respect what they have there.

  9. bamafan1973 says: Aug 18, 2014 2:11 PM

    Sims cannot operate the Alabama offense. He lacks the skills to be a QB, and would be better suited for WR or RB, were it not that we already have skilled players there as well. Coker is the man, and should get as many reps as possible to prepare him and the team for another NC run. Period. Roll Tide!

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