VIDEO: Can Pete Golding replicate Alabama’s 2016 defense with this year’s group?

Pete Golding coaching inside linebackers in spring practice
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Alabama football fans want to see the return of a strong defense.

The 1992 team was well respected, but the 2016 group is the measuring stick.

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Nick Saban had a front-row seat to watch names such as Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne, Dalvin Tomlinson, Reuben Foster, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Rashaan Evans, Ryan Anderson, Tim Williams, Marlon Humphrey, Anthony Averett, Ronnie Harrison, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Eddie Jackson, and Tony Brown create chaos upon college football.

The 2016 defense sacked quarterbacks, forced turnovers, scored points and carried a swagger that endeared itself to its fans. Memes were created on Twitter to honor the unit, and breath-taking plays happened each week. Coach Saban has embraced the idea of that type of defense no longer being involved in the sport; however, fans of Crimson Tide long to see the return of a fierce group. For the first time since 2017, the marquee playmakers have returned on defense.

Pete Golding is in his fourth year at Alabama and third as a defensive coordinator.

The question on everyone’s mind is can he replicate the 2016 defense with this year’s group?

On Wednesday, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine discussed Golding via In My Own Words.

During the segment, I provide three reasons why he can have massive success in the fall.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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