Alabama Football: New Year’s resolutions for the Crimson Tide

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What are some New Year’s resolutions for Alabama football?

With 2020 finally coming to a close, it is time to naturally look for resolutions. People love to find ways to get better with a new year. Whether it is a new diet or a social media cleanse, people are looking for ways to improve. Alabama football can have some resolutions of their own.

There are not many ways for the Tide to improve. After all, they are currently ranked as the top team in the country and have two Heisman finalists on offense. We have somehow seen improvement from an offense that lost Tua Tagovailoa and two of the best receivers to ever play for the Crimson Tide.

However, here are some goals that Alabama football can achieve in the new year.

Bring back the old-school defense

Alabama’s offense has evolved and progressed, but the defense has gotten worse over the past few seasons. They used to easily have the best defense in college football, and it is now common for opponents to have consistent success.

Thankfully, Alabama’s defense is filled with talented underclassmen. If a few draft-eligible players decide to return, the group will be loaded with talent and experience. That alone will bring improvement. We’ll have to see if they can find a way to go back to the 2016 brand of defense.

Leave the kicking curse in the past

Will Reichard hasn’t missed a single kick in all of 2020. He is a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, and he is the best kicker that Nick Saban has ever coached. Still, fans hold their breath whenever a kicker trots onto the field. As long as Reichard is on the roster, fans can rest easy.

Keep stars off of special teams

This one likely won’t happen. This debate has carried on, yet Alabama football keeps putting stars on special teams. I understand the reward. After all, DeVonta Smith scored a touchdown on a punt return this year. However, there is still more risk on these plays than normal plays.

Jaylen Waddle went down with an ankle injury. When he played in Tuscaloosa, Eddie Jackson went down with an ankle injury. Kenyan Drake was once hurt on special teams. All of this shows what can be lost by putting stars out there for special teams.

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Fans can have resolutions for themselves as well. Whether they want to scream less at announcers or worry less about mundane aspects of sports, they can decide on their own. These are simply resolutions for the Tide team.