Nick Saban: Jake Coker will likely start at QB
Alabama’s offense has taken a couple of steps back since an opening week win against Wisconsin.
Coach Nick Saban acknowledged as much in his press conference on Monday afternoon.
Saban said the team had “some identity” in the first game and was moving in the “right direction,” but a win over Middle Tennessee State and a loss to Ole Miss have shown stunted progress.
The Tide did, however, get a good sign in terms of consistency when Saban essentially named senior Jake Coker the starter for the team’s upcoming game against Louisiana-Monroe.
“At this point, provided he does the things he’s supposed to do, you know, I think we’ll start him in this game,” Saban said.
Last week, the coach waited until the first offensive play on Saturday night to show his hand. Sophomore Cooper Bateman got the start, but Coker entered in the second quarter and never left.
“When he came in the game, he played with some passion,” Saban said. “Showed great leadership and energy when he played.”
Still, Saban said that his QBs need to improve, citing interceptions and near-picks as the primary issue.
“They’ve gotta throw the ball to the right place at the right time,” Saban said. “They can’t throw it to the other guys. And that’s probably the number one issue — and executing and doing things properly relative to how we’re coached to do it. Understanding it. We need to do a better job of teaching it, and we all need to do a better job of executing it.”