Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban was not pleased with how his offensive line played during the team’s scrimmage on Saturday. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that Saban isn’t a guy you want to displease.
Although the Tide will be returning left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and senior right guard Anthony Steen from last year’s dominate line, there will be three huge (pardon the pun) holes to fill. Outland Trophy winner Barrett Jones, left guard Chance Warmack, and right tackle DJ Fluker are now all rookies in the NFL (for the Rams, Titans, and Chargers, respectively).
Saban spoke about the disappointing play he saw to AL.com:
I don’t think we played with the kind of power that we need to play with. We didn’t get a lot of movement up front.
The second team offensive and defensive lines both were not what we’d like for them to be. They’ve got room to grow. They’ve got room to improve.
I think we’ve got the ability to develop. We need to get the right guys in the right spots. We’ve got to work ‘em. This scrimmage evaluation certainly tells us a little bit about who we should be working with.
Alabama and their re-tooled offensive line will take on the Virginia Tech Hokies on August 31st. With how well Amari Cooper’s reportedly been looking during camp, it looks like the Tide may roll the competition once again in 2013.