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Saban still waiting for a QB to ‘take the bull by the horns’

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As has been the case since the spring, and especially since the Florida State transfer arrived, Alabama remains the most high-profile FBS team with an open and undecided quarterback competition. And, it appears, that will remain the case for the foreseeable future.

Just 10 days before the opener, neither Jacob Coker, the presumptive favorite, nor Blake Sims, AJ McCarron‘s backup in 2013, have pulled away from the other. Head coach Nick Saban, new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and the rest of the offensive staff are awaiting for it to go down, but it simply hasn’t happened yet.

And, seeing as we’re rapidly approaching opening weekend, it appears the formerly bristly Saban is getting a little anxious for someone to do just that — but not anxious enough for a premature trigger pull

“I would like to see somebody take the bull by the horns from a leadership standpoint, a consistency standpoint and win the job here sometime,” the coach said following practice Tuesday. “But we’re not going to make a decision until somebody does that.”

So, what if neither Coker nor Sims grabs the bull by the, uh, throat, before the opener against West Virginia? The Tide could very well be prepared to party like its 2011 under center. From

If that doesn’t happen, Alabama could very well play both Sims and Coker against West Virginia much like it did in 2011, when AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims split time in the season opener.

McCarron, of course, went on to grab hold of — eventually — the starting job for not only the 2011 season but the next two years as well. Saban can only hope that, eventually, either Coker or Sims does the same.

“One day one guy plays really well and you say, ‘Well, that looks like that might be it.’ And the next day the other guy plays really well,” Saban said. “I think the good news is we have two guys that I would feel very comfortable playing.”

Perhaps, comfortable enough to even play both in the same game depending on how the next week and a half goes.

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9 Responses to “Saban still waiting for a QB to ‘take the bull by the horns’”
  1. whydoupost says: Aug 20, 2014 8:40 AM

    Just playing coy. Saban knows.

  2. erockfox says: Aug 20, 2014 8:47 AM

    I still don’t understand the hype for Coker. Granted, he only played a little during garbage time (until he got injured in November), but he was pretty miserable during that time. Yes, he was playing with the 2nd and 3rd team offense and usually seeing 2nd and 3rd team defenses, but that’s who he practiced with every day. If he struggled as much as he did in garbage time against low-tiered ACC defenses, how is he going to fare in the SEC?

    Now, I’m not trying to be a dick or be rude about the guy, but I just hope Bama fans don’t get their hopes up too much for this kid, expecting him to be the next coming of christ, but let’s see how he even performs against a 1st team defense.

  3. 700levelvet says: Aug 20, 2014 9:03 AM

    New offensive coordinator Lane Kiffen… Can anyone say this without laughing…

  4. sfsugator says: Aug 20, 2014 10:28 AM

    I’m curious to see what Kiffin’s offense looks like. He has only had the control of the offense by himself once and he got fired. The other time was his first stint at USC and he was a Co-coordinator with Sark.

  5. 24pointlead says: Aug 20, 2014 2:15 PM

    If you think bama fans throw up in their mouth every time they see the Kick Six, wait till they see this nightmare play out. Sims looked confused at best in the spring game.

  6. bamafan1973 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:05 PM

    Note to all you Bama haters: Just keep up the ranting, as you will either in our headlights looking to get rolled, or in our rear view mirror, already been rolled. We Roll Tiders know what we have, appreciate our team and our coaching staff, and support both whole-heartedly. And besides, who are any of you to complain about Bama? How has your team done lately? Roll Tide!

  7. Deb says: Aug 20, 2014 4:56 PM

    @whydoupost …

    My gut says the same thing–that Saban’s being coy and already has a starter in mind. But even though we all felt A.J. had the job locked up, Nick did alternate between Sims and McCarron for about five minutes in 2011. Maybe he’s just waiting to see who wants it enough to leave no doubt.

    I just hope our luck continues to hold. We were blessed with McElroy and McCarron. I’m a smashmouth fan. As long as the defense and running game are humming, I’m good. But you never know how much a reliable quarterback contributes until you don’t have one.

  8. bamafan1973 says: Aug 20, 2014 5:13 PM

    Rollin, rollin, rollin. There is no doubt, in my mind, that Coker is the man. Sims cannot run the Alabama offense, is extremely inefficient, and is just not a reliable QB. With all of the tools that Bama has, no need in having a deficit at QB.

  9. pigskin6900 says: Aug 20, 2014 10:47 PM

    Bama has peaked, kiffin is lame and I cant believe Saban ever hired him. I pitty who ever follows Saban….it will be a nightmare.

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