When your team scrimmages itself, any news naturally has two sides. If the offense looks good, that’s good for the offense and bad for the defense. And vice versa. The same goes for Alabama:
After Saturday’s scrimmage, Nick Saban’s first point of criticism was directed at the Alabama offensive line.
He said they weren’t “physical enough” on the line of scrimmage. Granted, they were playing without a few key parts like Leon Brown and Dominick Jackson, but there were higher expectations.
Center Ryan Kelly is a leader of that group and he wasn’t about to argue with that assessment.
“It wasn’t one of our best outings,” he said. “We kind of let the offense down.”
Of course, the Tide offense was scrimmaging against one of the most talented and ferocious defenses in the country, and most likely, won’t face this type of defense very often this year. On the other hand, it would be nice to hear some good news from this group, especially when we are looking to lean heavy on the run game this year.