After an abysmal first half, Alabama Football rallied in the second half Saturday night to take down third-ranked Georgia with many former players weighing in on the big game.
The Alabama Football offense proved the last of its doubters wrong on Saturday night against arguably the nation’s top defense in UGA. Mac Jones and Najee Harris led the Tide to 564 total yards of offense with 417 yards through the air and 147 yards coming on the ground. The offense was impressive.
The defense came out strong with an early interception followed by a three-and-out, something the Tide hasn’t had many of this season. After those first two possessions, however, the Tide defense became stagnant. They had no answer for the Georgia run game averaging almost five yards per carry, and Stetson Bennett IV was finding a lot of success in the short pass game. Blown assignments left Georgia receivers wide open.
Twitter was relentless during the struggle, and several former Alabama Football players weighed in their own opinions. Marlon Humphrey, Reggie Ragland, Eddie Jackson, and others expressed their frustrations with the Tide defense.
Former Alabama Football defensive back Marlon Humphrey felt it was a player issue, instead of a Pete Golding issue.
Former linebacker Reggie Ragland was frustrated with the execution and discipline of the players, especially on the goal line offsides call.
Former defensive back Eddie Jackson also had some harsh criticism for the Tide defense.
Of course, all these former players came from the glory years of the Alabama Football defense, and all are currently playing on Sundays for the league. They certainly set the bar high and left massive shoes to fill. However, most of the sentiments were justified.
Nick Saban’s halftime adjustments did the trick though, and the defense pitched a second-half shutout with two interceptions. Many former players jumped on Twitter to share their celebrations as well.
Former players are very invested in the continued success of the Alabama Crimson Tide with many weighing in week after week with their thoughts and opinions. The Crimson blood runs deep and lasts even after the guys move on to the NFL.
Plenty of former Alabama Football players know what it’s like to beat Georgia. Nick Saban made it six in a row Saturday night dating back to 2007. This game was likely just round one in what may be a two- or even three-part series. It seems as the two are on a one-way track to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game in December.