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Former Alabama pass rusher details biggest problem in Crimson Tide’s program

Tim Williams celebrates a sack for Alabama
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Several former Alabama players have listed opinions on what they believe is wrong with the Crimson Tide’s program since the overtime loss against Louisiana State University.

Alabama dropped to No. 10 in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25 poll.

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It has to defeat Mississippi and hope LSU loses to Arkansas and Texas A&M for an opportunity at a Southeastern Conference Championship chance in Atlanta. The idea of the Tigers falling to the Razorbacks and Aggies is unlikely; however, anything can happen. Tide fans have been highly disappointed by this season, especially after the buildup over the summer. Expectations were high for Pete Golding and the defense, and supporters felt Bryce Young would end his collegiate career with a national championship as a starting quarterback. Much of the blame goes to Golding and Bill O’Brien for obvious reasons.

Both coordinators have not met expectations.

Each week, Alabama fans are frustrated about the inconsistency both have to create a successful game plan. One week it’s O’Brien having the offense out of sync while Golding has players on defense looking confused the next week. People are wondering what is the problem with Alabama, and why has it not been performing to the standard set by Tide teams in the past. Tim Williams, a former Alabama pass rusher, offered a good perspective on the topic via a Twitter post. The 2015 College Football Playoff National Champion attributes the drop in performance, energy, effort, discipline, and attitude to the absence of an important coach.

Williams said Scott Cochran was ‘the heart’ of Alabama’s program.

Nick Saban is the brains, but Cochran was the passion that made the Tide exciting. Williams, who was one of the best sack specialists of the Saban era, does know why Saban let Cochran go. He said Cochran made sure the team was on ‘savage mode’ at all times. Saban blamed himself for the loss to LSU, but he has to get the program back to where it needs to be.

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Some moves need to be made in the offseason. 

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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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