John Parker Wilson & Alabama’s offense

Ronald Reagan gave his 11th commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.” With Nick Saban’s emphasis on positive energy, I imagine he wouldn’t mind if we added a 12th commandment that read something like this: Thou shalt not speak evil of thy football team.

If that were a commandment, then a large portion of Alabama football fans would be guilty of violating it–especially when talking about the Tide’s John Parker Wilson.

Wilson appeared to regress in the 2007 football season, and some fans are quick to point out their preseason worries.

But, maybe all or a large part of Wilson’s problems last year were due to coaching.

Why would I make that assertion? Listen to these comments from backup quarterback Greg McElroy.

“One of few things different (about this offense), quarterbacks are more open to taking completions,” McElroy said. “Get the ball into the open guy’s hands. That is what this offense is about. Don’t wait for the big guy to come open.”

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When John Parker Wilson was holding onto the football locked on to one receiver, it sounds like this was caused by the offensive scheme/plays being called by the Tide’s former offensive coordinator.

This year, the offense is all about getting the ball to the open guy. Even if the open guy isn’t the guy running the big route down the field.

When fans are complaining about Wilson, maybe they should understand not everything he does is his fault. Sometimes the coaching really does matter.

More from McElroy
With McElroy getting praise from Alabama football coach Nick Saban following Saturday’s scrimmage, he spoke to reporters Monday about his role as backup quarterback.

“I want JP to have another set of eyes on the sidelines,” McElroy said. “I try to see everything he would be seeing. I try to play each snap as if I was out there on the field, and I think in some cases that really helped him.”

McElroy also said this year’s team is different than last season’s. Much different.

“We’re a family now,” McElroy said. “I know it sounds cliche and overused, but I really feel I can look each one of those guys in the eyes and know they are going to have my back and I’m going to have theirs.” He said that was lacking last season. “The team loves each other.”

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  1. 1
    rolltideroll

    Are you serious to think that JWP staring down his WR’s is because “it sounds like this was caused by the offensive scheme/plays being called by the Tide’s former offensive coordinator.”
    The former OC made JWP stare down his receivers. I like that. Maybe this year he can stare down Julio because it doesn’t matter if he stares at him or not, all he has to do is throw the ball to him. NO one in the country can cover this kid. I saw him make a catch with one finger.

  2. 2
    capstonereport

    I think Wilson’s problems last season were not as simple as he sucks.

    I think he was a better QB when Mike Shula was his QB coach and OC.

    With that as my assumption, I don’t think his problems were all his fault. I think his QB coach last season made many things more problematic for Wilson that it should have been.

  3. 4
    rolltideroll

    I am not joking ballplay. Julio is the real deal. I think the part about JPW’s offensive Co being the reason he sucked last year was not true. JPW didn’t stare down his receivers because his coach “told him to do so”. He did it because he was scared of getting sacked and and he is not capable of scanning the field for receivers.
    That problem will go away this year with Julio. I am telling you boys. He is the real deal.

  4. 5
    Ballplay Indian

    WOW……You win roll tideroll….That was the most ignorant post of the day …Do you really believe what you are saying, or are you just kidding?

  5. 6
    rolltideroll

    All you need to remember ballplay is this: Julio = real deal. Your days of winning against us are over!

  6. 7
    Ballplay Indian

    Sadly I see that you are serious….Julio will play quarterback and wide reciever…Hell probbably play center too….Hell snap the ball then block, then get the snap , throw it deep and then score…He can do it all..WOW !! what an athlete….It wont matter how good he is when he is sitting in a 12 by 12 cell will it?

  7. 8
    IhateGeorgeW.

    Parker had one primary target and that was DJ Hall. If DJ wasn’t open, then Parker would either await for him to find a clearing or either aimlessly toss it at someone in an Alabama jersey at the last second, which usually resulted in chaos.

  8. 9
    Auburn Man

    Hi there fellows!
    Auburn Man here.
    Everyone wants to talk about Julio….Julio this, and Julio that! Big deal! When I think of the name Julio, I think of my gardener Julio Sanchez Rodrigues Santiago Vasques Martinez Cardinal Jeminez Reyes del Santo de la Gonzales Jr. (pronounced who-nee-err) the III. And I pontificate that Julio is a fine name for a Latino gardener or a Latino Thug.
    Lets talk about the real deal Kodi Burns. Me and Bobbo really went out of our way to recruit this young Auburn Man. The methods of espionage and counter-espionage we used to steal him out from under the Walmart Brothers are nothing short of CIA/KGB covert excellence. (I cut his phone line and Bobbo cut him a check and told him that Arkansas wasnt interested.) And viola! instant Heisman QB!
    We like to tell everyone that we sold him on the ***culture and ****rich tradition of AU.

    ***culture = A BMW SUV with 26 inch blade rims.

    **** rich tradition = a $50,000 cashier’s cheque made out to a booster’s best friend….Mr Cash.

  9. 11
    Kevin

    Let’s put it simply (all the better for bammers to follow): Wilson sucks. Mentally, physically, he is not equipped to play the game. I have to laugh at bammers who are eternally optimistic that he will somehow become a good QB, in spite of all of his history. His suckiness is too deeply ingrained.

    And I laugh hysterically at “julio = real deal.” There’s no evidence of that whatsoever at this point.

  10. 12
    Bama Fan in NYC

    JUST as there was evidence to point out Kodi Burns wasn’t the second coming of Bo Jackson after he could only muster up ONE touchdown against NMSU and couldn’t lead his team to victory over MSU, Alabama PolyTECHnic Institutes’ rival cow college.

    And if Parker sucks as bad as you claim, the backwoods Barnie fan base surely and boldly stated they would’ve traded him for Cox last year.

    Of course, Barnies are always known for their indecisiveness and their rapidly delusional change of minds.

  11. 13
    Harley2

    Wow bama fan. It is hard to believe that you would talk about Kodi Burns like that. Hasn’t Auburn beaten your ass the past several years? I don’t think you should trash a team that you can’t beat. That seems like..hmm well.. like a bama fan to me. and before you start in on me being an Auburn fan. I am not. I am a DAWG fan. UGA that’s right. Just come over to see what’s up in this pathetic forum.

  12. 14
    Honda2

    Wow Harley2, this is an Auburn fan posing as someone else, I MEAN a Tennerssee fan. I just wanted to let you know the things you say about a Bama fan is stewpid.

    Are you AUtards that pathetic? You have to sign in claiming you’re a totally different fans, just to make it seem as if someone other than a fellow AUtard agrees with you? Then you sign in as an Alabama fan (RollTideRoll), just to argue with yourself. How low can you go?

  13. 15
    USCfan

    BAMA TECH SUCKS! They are the worst team in college football. Their fan base is the worst fan base in college football. No, I’m not an Alabama fan, I’m a USC fan, THE EMPEROR OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL!

  14. 16
    GoBulls

    They do suck!! After we kicked their ass last year, their fans couldn’t take the heartache, so we rolled their trees for them. Oh, and I’m not an Alabama fan. I’m a South Florida fan! GO BULLS!

  15. 17
    Harley2

    Honda2- You show your intelligence. I am a UGA fan all the way. I should have expected comments like that from you bama mullets. Go dawgs. We will see you in Athens. As far as roll tide whatever goes. That is your fan base not mine. Wouldn’t lower myself to post as someone else unlike you.

  16. 18
    Honda2

    Ballplay/Julio aka Harley2, you act as if I’m some dumb Bama fan. I’m really a Tennerssee fan. I would never lower myself to pose as some Bama Tech or Bama fan. We’ll see you in “Athens” this year.

  17. 19
    Bama Fan in NYC

    I’ll say this once again, do you guys realize each time you submit a response, the moderator receives your EMAIL and IP address.

    He knows who’s who and I’m sure you fake fans wouldn’t want him revealing who you guys truly are!

  18. 20
    Ballplay Indian

    NYC,,,I know it ….Ive said all along that ive only posted under this name..While I believe that others are doing just as you say, I am not..

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