Low: Tide needs BIG season from Wilson

ESPN’s Chris Low was in Tuscaloosa and posted this profile of Alabama’s John Parker Wilson.

Alabama fans aren’t going to quibble about the premise that Alabama needs a big season from Wilson to improve on last year’s mediocre record. But is it possible?

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Here’s the bad about Wilson:

When Alabama tanked last season, so did Wilson. He threw six of his 12 interceptions during the Crimson Tide’s four-game losing streak. He had two against Mississippi State, one of those returned 100 yards for a touchdown and another that set up the Bulldogs’ final touchdown.

Against LSU, with the score tied at 34, he was sacked on a safety blitz and coughed up a fumble at the Tide’s 3-yard line with 1:39 left. The Tigers punched it in a few plays later to escape in Tuscaloosa.

And here is the good:

“It’s just the way the offense is built,” Wilson said. “Teams aren’t going to be able to do what they did last year when they put a corner on DJ (Hall) and a safety on top of him. They’d shift the whole defense to him and say, ‘Good luck with everybody else.’ I don’t think teams are going to be able to do that this year. We’ll still have a big-play guy, but if they do that to him in this offense, they’ll be very vulnerable.”

The other thing that’s different, according to Wilson, is the team chemistry, and he said the freshmen have actually helped.

There are several quotes and interesting notes in the article. Worth checking out.

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  1. 1
    CrimsonBrother

    THIS WEB SITE ABOVE IS FOR BAMA FANS EYES ONLY PLEASE. BAMA NATION just click on CrimsonBrother above.

    I prefer a two quarterback system in the SEC if your starting QB is average (by SEC standards). It’s highly unlikely an average QB in the SEC can shoulder that type of pressure alone.

  2. 2
    IhateGeorgeW.

    I agree, a two quarterback system would release all the pressure riding one quarterback’s back. Saban’s famous for using the two quarterback system, which makes me wonder why McElroy didn’t see any playing time when Parker stumbled.

  3. 3
    Harley2

    You guys can talk about two quarterbacks all night who cares. Bottom line is that Wilson has to be better in order for you to win. I do not believe your defense will be solid at any position. They are too young and not enough quality backups. Your offense will have to outscore a lot of people. If that can’t happen, it will be a long season for you.

  4. 4
    Amy 4 Bama

    He’s not a bad quarterback. His statistics are amazing. He doesn’t have wins and we can’t rely only on the quarterback to win games. It’s gotta be a team effort!

  5. 7
    BAMAgurl

    Ballplay Indian:

    I’ve been checking out this site for a long time and it just amazes me that you are on here everytime I look. Don’t you Auburn fans have your own message boards? You are obsessed with BAMA websites and we all know why. But I guess I can’t blame you for bragging about your 6 in-a-row seeing is how that’s all you have to brag about. Maybe you should go offer some support to your team via the Auburn message boards. Looks like Tubbs has lost control over his own team when they can’t even practice without ending up in a brawl.

  6. 8
    Bama Fan in NYC

    If Parker had the talent that UGA or Florida has, then there’s no doubt his win-loss record would be one-sided. He has the passing yards and touchdowns to back that up. But then again, he was a key factor during our late season slide last year.

    But the players surrounding him have to contribute just as much as he does in order for it to actually be a ‘team effort’.

    Sadly, I don’t see much changing this year either. But like I’ve said before, when he’s on target we win. When he’s off, he’s usually the reason we ultimately lose in the end.

  7. 11
    Harley2

    Wilson had the talent around him. DJ Hall was a great receiver, Kevin Brown and others not to mention the tailbacks as supporting cast.. He is not a great QB. He folds under pressure..He has to try and manage the game and not force things and try to win it by himself. He was tossing lame ducks in the air the entire second half of the season. You know that is true.

  8. 12
    Barnie Educator

    DJ was an overrated receiver. Possibly because he was Parker’s only option. He wasn’t that impressive. Sure he set a record, but what was his dropped to completed pass ratio?

  9. 13
    J W

    NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF HEAD CASES LAST YEAR. THIS SEASON WILL BE VERY DIFFERENT.FRESHMEN WILL PLAY AND HAVE NO FEAR.DEFENCE WILL BE GREAT BY THE TIME SEC PLAY STARTS.I TOLD YALL A MONSTER IS BEING MADE AND IS DAM NEAR READY.PEOPLE …….WAIT LET ME SAY BAMA FANS WILL BE SHOCKED.GOING TO BE A GREAT NEXT FIVE YEARS.ROLLTIDE BABY ROLLTIDE,,,,,,,

  10. 14
    K X

    YALL DUNNO BOUT DEM AUBURN TIGERZ. THEY GONE WIN IT ALL DIS YEAR. I TELL U WHAT. IF AUBURN DONT WIN 90 GAMEZ NEXT YEAR DEN ILL PAY YALL ALL DA MONEY I GOTS FROM DAT BANK I ROBBED DA UDDER DAY. WAR EAGLE BEECHES! TONY BOUT TO UNLEASH THE MONSTER DAT IS DA SPREAD OFFENSE! WAR DAMN EEGLE!

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