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Tide’s QB depth chart? ‘Blake Sims/Jacob Coker’

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This time last week, Nick Saban was waiting for someone at the quarterback position to “grab the bull by the horns.”  With the opener a mere five days away, there’s nary a bull in sight let alone a set of horns within arm’s reach.

On the depth chart released Monday, the quarterback position was listed as follows: “6 Blake Sims/14 Jacob Coker.”  Presumably the players were listed in numerical order.

In discussing the position, Saban did allow that a decision would be made in the coming days.  Whether that’ll become public knowledge before the opener against West Virginia is unknown.

“Obviously somebody has to start the game,” the UA head coach said. “We’ll make that decision at some point this week.”

Saban also went to a baseball analogy to intimate that both Coker (pictured, left) and Sims (pictured, right) could see the field against the Mountaineers.

“You’ve got a starting pitcher, doesn’t necessarily mean he is going to go nine innings,” Saban said.

For the complete depth chart, click HERE.

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10 Responses to “Tide’s QB depth chart? ‘Blake Sims/Jacob Coker’”
  1. brtndr4u says: Aug 25, 2014 2:33 PM

    damn,5* 3rd stringers,the most depth in college football

  2. cameron poe says: Aug 25, 2014 3:21 PM

    Take your time. Let your defense decide the West Virginia game, while letting both QB’s get a chance to prove themselves. And then you have 2 more patsy games before FL. As long as Saban has a clear choice before September 20 they will be fine, and hopefully the defense can make up for any early shortcomings.

  3. blackbirdrising2014 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:21 PM

    I thought Jimbo was the coach at Florida State?

  4. mcjon22 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:09 PM

    All those top recruiting classes, but Saban can’t land a big time QB recruit and has to hope a QB transfer can win the starting job.

    Kind of crazy, right?

  5. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Aug 25, 2014 8:39 PM

    They’re missing AJ McCarron but at least they still have Kenyon Drake and TJ Yeldon

  6. dcroz says: Aug 25, 2014 8:41 PM

    Can’t land a big-time QB recruit? Saban has gotten at least one four-star or better QB prospect every year he has been there. The problem is the longevity of his starting QBs: he inherited John Parker Wilson and had him for two seasons, gave Greg McElroy the reins for two more, and then had AJ McCarron for three. This leaves most of those highly-touted QBs on the bench, from which they usually transfer after figuring out their chances of starting are nil barring an injury to the current guy. Sims has been the exception who decided to stay.

  7. bamamanchip says: Aug 25, 2014 9:03 PM

    @dcroz—Bama already has Three 4 Star QB’s and a 4 possibly 5 star on the way next year Blake Barrnet, you must not understand Saban he expects perfection that’s exactly why he hasn’t named a starter but believe this Bama can win a national title with any QB they have on this team even either one of the 4 stars either the red shirt freshman David Cornwell or Cooper Bateman or Phillip Morris … So don’t worry about Bama and Saban’s recruiting he’s the best in the business… RTR!!!

  8. bamamanchip says: Aug 25, 2014 9:07 PM

    Above post was suppose to be @mcjon22

  9. jimmy53 says: Aug 26, 2014 11:49 AM


    So what happened then?

    They are arguably the best recruiting team in the country, so explain why he found himself up crap creek this year as far as QB’s are concerned. And please don’t give the rationalization of “QB longevity” that you wrote above—that provides absolutely zero explanation as to why UA is left this year with no QB, and is having to poach the scraps off Jimbo.

    No recruiter worth their salt (which we all know Saban is) has a year when they just don’t have a top QB penciled in. Was there a gap in development?–did someone fall through the cracks?

    Don’t feel bad though, the Noles gift wrapped a QB to West Virginia as well.

  10. dcroz says: Aug 26, 2014 8:14 PM



    And it’s not just that McCarron was the three-year starter, Sims was also the three-year #2. In fact they were the two locked in battle all the way back in the spring of 2011 to succeed Greg McElroy. So not only were all the other QBs that ‘Bama had on the roster at the time and has recruited since then not going to get the starting job, they weren’t even getting the primary backup spot. So, they left for greener pastures.

    Let’s not forget, too, that people had doubts about both McElroy and McCarron when they were first-year starters, questioning whether they had what it took to do the job. Nothing here, then, is really any different than what it was for those two.

    And ‘Bama did have a sophomore in the running this year, but Sims and Coker have established themselves as the front-runners. Sometimes when you have that much talent all at the same time fighting for a single starting job, the losers in the competition go someplace else to play, which can then present a gap season like this one where all the heir presumptives to your longtime-starter have left for immediate playing time elsewhere, and you’re left with what (appears) to be a struggle to find a worthy successor.

    And incidentally, Coker already has a degree and still has two years eligibility left. He’s shown he has something between his ears and has the maturity of a few years in college to go along with his credentials as a QB, so do you really think Saban–or anyone–would say “no thanks” to someone like that?

    So sorry that the answer isn’t “Saban sucks at developing QBs” or “Saban can’t recruit QBs” or whatever sincerely-hoped-for derogatory explanation you apparently want.

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