Despite Alabama’s perfect record, a handful of anonymous coaches and scouts have pointed out some Crimson Tide flaws and described how Clemson could beat the defending champs in the national championship game Monday.
Speaking to Sport Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel on the condition of anonymity, coaches and NFL scouts broke down the national championship game. The group listed the weak links in both Alabama and Clemson and how both teams could go about beating the other.
The most damning quote in the article is this about Alabama freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts.
“The guy can’t throw,” the scout told Thamel. “He can’t throw. I think they’re going to struggle. He’s a below-average thrower. If Clemson jumps out to a two-score lead, they may be the ones scoring on defense instead of Alabama.”
In his last game against Washington, the freshman quarterback completed just 7 of his 14 attempts for 57 yards. In his last two games, Hurts has thrown for just 195 yards.
The scouts and coaches labeled the Clemson offensive line as the weak spot for the Tigers, which could be a serious problem given that the Crimson Tide have a devastating pass rush featuring Tim Williams, Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson.
When asked about new Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, Thamel received a variety of answers. One straight up said, “It could be a disaster. It could be awesome.”
The two teams met in the national championship game last year, with the Crimson Tide winning, 45-40. The two teams will play in Tampa, Fla., and will kick off at 8 p.m. ET. The Crimson Tide enter the game at 14-0, while Clemson is 13-1.