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Freddie Roach should handle the play calling according to Mike McCoy

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Alabama’s defensive performance against Texas A&M has reignited the calls for a change at the defensive coordinator position. Despite a solid performance against Ole Miss the week prior, Pete Golding’s unit followed up with a lackluster game against the Aggies.

The inconsistency in performance had been hinted at weeks prior but it has now cost the Crimson Tide a game.

Nick Saban rarely if ever makes coaching moves within the season with the most recent example being Lane Kiffin’s odd departure in 2016 ahead of the national title game.

If it were to happen, who would Saban choose to promote to the defensive coordinator spot?

Former Alabama wide receiver Mike McCoy, who has already been critical of the Crimson Tide’s defensive performance, has someone in mind.

“Freddie Roach in my opinion should be doing the play calling,” McCoy said during an appearance on In My Own Words on Monday. “I just think because when you played and you’ve been where these kids are trying to go and you know what it looks like looking down the barrel of that gun, those kids are going to receive you a lot better.”

To McCoy’s point, Roach was a former player at Alabama from 2002-05 where he played linebacker under then head coach Mike Shula. After bouncing around a few coaching staffs, Roach got back on Alabama’s radar while serving as a defensive line coach at Ole Miss where he produced a number of highly productive players for the Rebels.

Roach has not had any experience as a play-caller at the college level but has years of experience working with young players and getting the most out of them.

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