Alabama fans hoping for closure regarding the team’s quarterback situation will be disappointed in coach Nick Saban’s remarks to the media on Monday.
The Crimson Tide QB battle is still raging, and Saban indicated that selecting a winner will be a “day-to-day” discussion. Heck, he might even continue playing both Jake Coker and Cooper Bateman, neither of whom won many points with the coaching staff on Saturday afternoon against Middle Tennessee State.
“Both guys did some good things in the game,” Saban said in his press conference. “But I think both guys need to — we’ll see when they watch the film, they’ll probably feel this way — there’s a lot of things that they could’ve done better.”
Coker and Bateman tossed an interception apiece, and there were at least two other ill-advised balls that should have been picked off.
“Obviously, we threw too many balls that the other team could’ve intercepted,” Saban said. “They intercepted a couple, but they could’ve intercepted a couple more. So, taking care of the ball is the No. 1 concern. But managing the offense, getting us in the right protection, the right play, especially in third down situations… These are things we need to do a much, much better job of.”
While Alabama has rarely run a two-quarterback system during Saban’s tenure, it sounds as if the coach might continue utilizing that strategy against No. 15 Ole Miss on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.
“I think both guys need to improve,” Saban said. “And I think we evaluate this on a day-to-day basis. We’re going to make a decision based on what we think is best for our team. If it’s to play two guys, it’ll be to play two guys. If we think one guy is gonna give us a better chance in this game, we’ll certainly play that guy.”