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Alabama can regroup for a title run with important changes. Will Nick Saban oblige?

Pete Golding coaching inside linebackers at fall camp for Alabama
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Last week was tough, but Sunday provided the sunshine.

Alabama encountered adversity in a 38-41 loss to Texas A&M, yet it dropped only four spots in the polls.

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Despite falling from No. 1 to No. 5, its odds to be defending national champs are strong.

The Crimson Tide has to win out the remainder of its schedule and defeat Georgia in the SEC Championship to make the College Football Playoff. Alabama can pull it off, but Nick Saban has to make some important changes.

Crimson Tide fans were not pleased with the product at Kyle Field, so adjustments need to be made for Tide to stay on top. In this article, the focus will be on defensive coordinator Pete Golding, Alabama’s issues at middle linebacker, an adjustment needed at free safety, and a replacement needed on the offensive line.

Pete Golding: Time for Tide to look elsewhere at DC

Pete Golding’s style is not working.

Three years of suspect defense is enough.

Fans want to believe in him, but his play-calling has not put Alabama’s athletes in situations to be successful. The Crimson Tide has been out of position to make tackles, the blitz packages are not getting to quarterbacks, and it seems like players don’t have the confidence to execute what he calls.

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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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