Will Anderson Jr. thought a detailed name towards Florida could be “an actual eye-opener” for Alabama on the time. Now, he is not so certain the message sunk in.
“I don’t assume it was taken severely,” Anderson, Alabama’s star linebacker, mentioned Monday. “I imply, as you’ll be able to see, after Florida — which was a detailed recreation — we find yourself shedding this recreation.
“I feel collectively as a crew we actually simply need to focus. I feel that’s the most important factor,” Anderson mentioned. “I simply really feel like as if it’s actually nothing else different groups are doing, I simply assume it’s simply us, we’re in our personal method proper now.”
Alabama (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Convention) dropped from the No. 1 spot and left no margin for error in its league title and playoff ambitions getting into Saturday evening’s go to to Mississippi State (3-2, 1-1). Texas A&M climbed again into the ballot at No. 21.
The Tide had solely been actually examined as soon as earlier than, winning 31-29 over Florida within the Swamp.
The short-term priorities are correcting the array of points that plagued Alabama, all the pieces from crimson zone offense to move rush to move safety.
Alabama, which had gained a report 100 straight towards ranked opponents, solely has yet one more Prime 25 opponent remaining. That’s No. 17 Arkansas on Nov. 20 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Tide coach Nick Saban thinks the important thing this week is ensuring the gamers and coaches “reply the proper option to the issues that we have to repair.”
Then there’s the psychological points for a crew that hasn’t misplaced again to again common season video games since dropping the ultimate 4 in 2007, Saban’s debut season.
Some gamers, like Anderson, have not needed to rebound from a loss since they arrived in Tuscaloosa. In any case, they went undefeated en path to a nationwide title final season.
Saban needs them to recollect the sensation, one thing he has up to now known as not eager to “waste a failure”.
“So after I say how can we reply to this, that’s what I’m speaking about, you already know, how do you reply to the sensation that you simply had whenever you didn’t have success and what are you keen to do to repair it,” Saban mentioned.
Alabama has been adept at beginning quick this season, however managed solely a discipline aim on the subsequent six possessions after a landing on the opening drive. The Aggies had three sacks within the second quarter and 4 within the recreation.
And Texas A&M quarterback Zach Calzada picked aside the secondary within the first half, when he accomplished 13 of 14 passes for a 24-10 lead.
The Tide protection, in the meantime, did not produce a sack and wasn’t credited with any quarterback hurries. Alabama had an opportunity to take the lead within the fourth quarter however handed three straight instances after getting first and aim from the three and settled for a discipline aim to drag to inside 31-30.
It prompted former Tide receiver DeVonta Smith, final season’s Heisman Trophy winner, to Tweet: “RUN THE DAMN BALL !!!!” Saban himself appeared to marvel why Alabama did not run the ball in that scenario. He was requested what the Aggies did within the crimson zone to make it laborious for Alabama to run the ball.
“I don’t know that there’s a very good reply to that,” the Tide coach mentioned. “I don’t know if we challenged them working it as a lot as possibly we might.”
Tailback Brian Robinson Jr. thinks the general message “is that every one the little issues matter.”
“In the event you aren’t shopping for these items to be a winner, it would come again to chew us at a foul time,” Robinson mentioned. Saban is “all the time on us about staying on the little issues, and if one thing goes flawed, he makes certain we all know why it didn’t go” proper.
Solely time will inform how nicely the message takes this time.