Three expectations for Pete Golding, Alabama’s defense this season

Major expectations are on the board for Alabama’s defense.

Pete Golding is in his fourth season with the program and third as its primary defensive coordinator. He encountered multiple injuries in 2019, and two teams scored 40+ points on the Crimson Tide last year. Alabama improved late in the 2020 campaign; however, the defense has been lacking since 2017. Crimson Tide fans want to believe in that side of the ball again.

Does the Tide have an elite defense?

This was the burning question all summer, especially from radio/television personalities of national media.

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Alabama wants a top-five offense and top-five defense in college football. The players believe Golding can get it done, and Nick Saban has seen growth in the 37-year-old’s communication skills.

According to respectable sources, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine has learned that this year’s defense has something prepared to shut down these high-powered offenses.

Everyone has many expectations for Golding and the defense, but I looked at three aspects via In My Own Words.

Expectations for Pete Golding, Alabama defense

1. Win on third down

2. Create a lot of negative plays (or turnovers)

3. Hold opposing offenses between 14 to 17 points per game

If it can perform these three, then Golding will silence his critics.

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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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