Back Away from the Ledge, Please (OL Version)

It’s fun to analyze and talk about stuff.  It’s part of being a fan.  It’s why we do things like blogging about college football.

But in our race to analyze things, we can, at times, lose our perspective.  Take last Saturday’s win against Virginia Tech, for example.

The offense, without a doubt, looked horrible and the offensive line, in particular, didn’t play well.  One big question for the off season was how we were going to replace Chance Warmack, Barrett Jones and D.J. Fluker.  During Saturday’s game, the answer became very apparent: we haven’t replaced them yet.

But it’s not time to fire the line coach and it’s not time to bench the starters in question and find new ones.  If you’re up on the ledge, keep these things in mind:

* We were up 7-0 before taking our first offensive snap.  A quick three-and-out by the defense forced a punt that Christion Jones took to the house.  Those quick scores often times hurt more emotionally than they help on the scoreboard and I’m sure that was partly the case here.

* We scored on our second drive.  An 11-play, 49 yard drive capped with a score by T.J. Yeldon put us up 14-0 and the game, for all intents and purposes, was over.

I think we entered the game with a limited offensive plan and once the contest was not in doubt, we for sure didn’t get fancy.  Yes, Va Tech stunted and slanted, but I think maybe the coaches were more interested in seeing how the OL handled the adversity than in being creative.

Nick Saban and Doug Nussmeier know what this offense can do and know where we stand.  Beating Texas A&M by one is much more important than beating the Hokies by 40.  Something tells me we’ll be dialed-in and ready to go against the Aggies.