Apr 19, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban brings the team on to the field prior to the A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Football: Nick Saban addresses poor QB play in Crimson Tide spring game


The annual Alabama Crimson Tide spring scrimmage on Saturday, better known as A-Day, was by no means an offensive clinic. Part of that was due to the poor play of QB Blake Sims, the back up to AJ McCarron last season and the projected front runner to challenge Florida State transfer Jacob Coker when he arrives on campus this summer.

Today though, Sims did absolutely nothing to help his case to take over the Tide come this fall, as he struggled mightily. On the afternoon, the veteran finished just 13-of-30 for 178 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

After the scrimmage, head coach Nick Saban addressed Sims’ poor outing and chalked it up to the speed of the game being a factor.

“Blake had a really good spring and did a really good job in the scrimmages,” Saban told ESPN. “I thought … the game speeded up today and he tried to speed up with it, rather than just staying in his rhythm.”

Saban then mentioned the eventual arrival of Coker on campus, as well as the fact that Sims will still have his chance at being the man under center in Tuscaloosa.

“As I said all along, we recruited a guy,” Saban said of Coker. “Blake knows this and Blake embraced the guy before the game. They’re going to compete through the summer and through fall camp, and we’ll see what we need to do at the position to have a guy be effective.”

If today was any indication, and if Coker plays anywhere close to the way he did in Florida State camp last year when he nearly beat out Jameis Winston, this won’t be much of a competition at all.

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  • bamminer

    Sims had his moments, but, for the most part–looked like the “bright lights” moment and the pressure to show how he had improved affected his play. He just has to do what comes from practice; tutoring; and instinct and let coach tell him when he’s running too much or should have passed on a particular play. But, Coker has what you have seen out the Dan Marino’s and Troy Aikman’s of the world with ecceptional mobility and height! His touch may need to improve and needs to show that he can master pro-style offense under pressure, diress, and pressure of the moment. His potential, though, is supreme! He has every chance–based on potential–to win back-to-back Heismans! How in the world did Winston beat him out? I saw the spring game last camp! He lit the game ablaze against FSU’s defense! Winston is only a step and half better than McCarron as far as mobility goes and Coker might have a better arm than any college QB! Maybe it was to better recruit black athletes! Who knows! But, Alabama is glad to have him and Winston may just get the chance to sweep the Alabama schools yet(made reference to beating Alabama schools–from Alabama–before the champ. game) and with a twist, someone has travelled the same road you have and out to prove Fisher and company wrong by winning it all against the one you have chosen!