If you’re looking for a reason to feel better about Saturday’s game with Ole Miss (or the season in general), this should make you feel better:
That opportunity presented itself in Alabama’s locker after the Crimson Tide’s sloppy 31-6 victory over Colorado State. Fuming from what he saw as a disappointing performance, Mosley stood up and addressed the team shortly after Nick Saban said his final words.
With No. 21 Ole Miss looming, Mosley viewed his message as a preemptive strike.
“I was pretty upset, especially with the defense,” Mosley said after Tuesday’s practice. “The things we gave up were mental errors, just little things, just fundamental errors, so I felt like we’re about to play Ole Miss next week and about to start getting into SEC play and those little things will get us beat bad, get us embarrassed so we’ve got to make sure everyone’s doing their job.”
AJ McCarron and Vinnie Sunseri also addressed the team in addition to Mosley.
I think this tells the average fan that something was up – i.e. something had to be addressed, but, at the same time, it’s not out of the ordinary:
A fourth-year junior, Shepherd said moments like this haven’t been out of the ordinary during the Crimson Tide’s stretch of three national championships in the past four seasons. Every year has its peaks and valleys, and both extremes can present themselves at any point on the schedule.
We can all see that the team hasn’t played very well, despite there being a big win over Texas A&M. There are a lot of reasons for that, but whatever they are, Mosley, McCarron and Sunseri are saying they need to be fixed.
Come Saturday, I guess we’ll see how effective this was.