The Alabama Crimson Tide have not been shut out in the first half of a football game since the LSU game in 2016.
And considering the Tide are playing Georgia for the national title, it’s less than ideal timing to return to that issue.
Going into the half on Monday night, Nick Saban found himself in the unfamiliar position of staring at a goose egg under Alabama’s name on the scoreboard. The Bulldogs led 13-0, and with no offense to speak of for Alabama, many were wondering if Saban had plans for a major adjustment in the second half. Even a quarterback change from Jalen Hurts to Tua Tagovailoa, perhaps?
The Crimson Tide coach didn’t exactly rule it out in a one-question interview with the ESPN telecast as he left the field.
Tom Rinaldi: “Under a hundred yards offensively, Nick. What do you have to do to change it?”
Nick Saban: “We’ve gotta do something. We just can’t move the ball effectively. We haven’t been able to throw it effectively at all. I don’t think it’s just all the quarterback. I think it is the whole group. We’ve gotta get open. We’ve gotta protect better. And defensively we’re making too many mistakes, especially on third down when we’ve got a chance to get off the field. Had plenty of chances to stay in the ball game and get things fixed at halftime.”
Saban has to feel the urgency to get something figured out soon, as 14 points seems as far as ever for a struggling Tide offense.