Alabama head coach Nick Saban continues to weigh his options at quarterback after two straight wins to open the season. Maybe it is time to wrap up the quarterback competition and give Blake Sims the starting job in an official capacity.
Through two weeks Sims has been a much more efficient quarterback for the Crimson Tide than Jake Coker. Sims has completed 76.1 percent of his passes for 464 yards and an average of 10.1 yards per attempt. Coker received some playing time in week two against FAU to prove what he can do and ended the weekend having completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 202 yards. The end of the first half for Alabama on Saturday, led by Coker, was a mess of a drive as time wound down. Coker did play better in the second half though, which Saban made note of following Saturday’s win over FAU.
“We wanted to give both quarterbacks an opportunity to play and I thought Jake played just as well in the second half as he did in the first half,” Saban said Saturday. “He played a little better as time went on. I’m sure nobody feels worse than him for missing the guy in the flats in the redzone wide open. He’ll definitely get better because of it.”
Florida Atlantic head coach Charlie Partridge shared his take on the Alabama quarterbacks after the game as well.
“My first reaction to it is that one is a little bit more dangerous with his feet than the other,” Partridge said, referring to Sims. “Sims made us pay with his feet early in the game.”
Saban has allowed a quarterback competition to linger for a few early games before, but it is likely a decision will be made soon for the best interests of Alabama’s 2014 season. Given what has been seen in the first two weeks of the year, Sims appears to be the leader on the field. It is a small sample size early on, but the frustrations with the offense displayed by Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin have been witnessed when Coker is on the field. Maybe it would be best if Saban and Kiffin realized it may be best to continue forward with Sims under center.