Alabama’s offense is under new management just 1 week from the biggest game of the season, against the No. 2 ranked Clemson Tigers.
Alabama’s true freshman QB, Jalen Hurts, has only heard play-calls from Lane Kiffin; however this is about to change. The next play-call Hurts will hear will be coming from Alabama’s old offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian.
Hurts just had the worst game of his college career against Washington and he in particular, has to rebound and rebuild the confidence that led him to win his division and SEC Offensive Player of the Year.
There are positives that comes from all of this. Luckily, the transition happened early and by the looks of it it is going to be smooth. Kiffin thinks Sarkisian will do better working with Saban than he did. When it comes down to it, Kiffin just wasn’t 100% focused on the Alabama team like everyone else. He was only going to have a week to plan for a Clemson defense that just shutdown Ohio State, all while still trying to recruit and hire a staff at FAU. Some people are speculating that Kiffin was trying to sabotage the team and make them lose. Kiffin is usually aggressive but he wasn’t during this game and as a result of his call they has 25 negative rushing yards.
Sarkisian has been an analyst on Alabama’s staff since September and was named the coordinator for the 2017-18 season on December 16th. Even though, he hasn’t been the one coaching at practice or in games, he has been heavily involved in game-planning all season.
Nick Saban has a national title to chase. After watching what Clemson’s defense did to the Buckeyes, Saban probably decided that his offense needed their coordinator’s 120% full attention!
#1 Alabama will play #2 Clemson at the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship on January 9th, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.