Alabama football’s offense can still get better.
At the beginning of the Nick Saban era, we were used to average offensive play. We had strong offensive lines and elite weapons at the skill positions, but there was not much outside of this. That has not been the case for the past few seasons. Alabama football has seen a revolution on offense.
It started with Tua, but it wasn’t just one quarterback. Alabama has recruited the best receivers in the country, and Najee has been as advertised as a senior. With all of these stars, you would think that the offense is almost perfect. However, there is still room for improvement for the Crimson Tide.
Where can that improvement be made? It starts before the snap. Alabama’s offense has struggled with pre-snap penalties. While the offensive line has been great when the ball is snapped, they keep making mistakes with those pre-snap penalties. Alabama has been able to overcome these errors, but they would be significantly better without those negative yards.
Alabama’s offense could also improve with the play of Miller Forristall. We have seen his role as a receiver increase with every game. Despite his injuries, he has been a strong piece for this team. He can keep developing as a receiver, and that will bring this offense to the next level.
Now, I don’t think that this team can get better than it was with Jaylen Waddle. Without him, the receiving corps will only be a fraction as good. However, John Metchie and Slade Bolden have room to grow this season. We might also see more reps from Javon Baker and Thaiu Jones-Bell.
All in all, this team is going to struggle to replace Jaylen Waddle. However, they have what it takes to at least improve individually. If they make progress in the second half of this Alabama football season, they will still be in contention to have the greatest offense in Crimson Tide history. That will be more than enough to keep them competitive with the other best teams in the country.