Ryan Fowler’s Reaction: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Alabama vs. Arkansas Edition
Every Monday, Nick Saban spends part of the afternoon showing his players the good plays, bad plays, and ugly plays from the previous Saturday.
The good section highlights what the team did well in the game; individual plays, series of plays, moments of the game that went good for the Crimson Tide.
The bad section focuses on plays that were run incorrectly, maybe a play designed to pick up more yardage but failed. It might include simple mistakes, a turnover or just a simple missed block or tackle.
The ugly section could also be called the disaster section, plays that went completely wrong or injuries. Ugly plays are learning moments for the team. Part of discussing the bad and ugly plays includes thinking through what they could have done differently.
Alabama vs. Arkansas
Bryce Young had another amazing night, this time he became the school’s single game record holder with 559 yards passing, 5 touchdowns on 31 completions on 40 attempts. The Crimson Tide’s offensive performance had the 5th most yards in school history.
Several times this season, I’ve wondered where this team would be without a quarterback who has thrown for 38 touchdowns and almost 3,600 yards passing and could be on his way to capturing his place in history as the Crimson Tide’s 1st Heisman winning quarterback. Young has no doubt given this team a chance to stay alive in the national championship conversation with a puncher’s chance.
One thing is consistent about this team, they are not a fast starting team, the Tide’s sloppiest play usually comes early in the game. Going into the final game of the regular season, I cannot think of a team that has lacked this much of an identity. Just when you think this team is about to establish their identity, they make more mistakes that cause you to question their ability to hoist any kind of trophy.
With that being said, I think this team has the potential to accomplish some of the goals that comes with every coached Nick Saban team. Understand that Saban has created unrealistic expectations with another 10-win season despite these challenges, which makes 14-straight for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama’s secondary had a game they would like to forget. When a team comes into the game ranked as 96th for passing offense in college football and throws for 358 yards, it is difficult to search for confidence boosters in their play vs. Arkansas. I guess the ugly was that Alabama needed an out of bounds onside kick to secure a victory and SEC West Championship.
Coming up Monday on The Game with Ryan Fowler on Tide 100.9, we will discuss the good, bad, and ugly. You will also have a chance to win a framed Daniel Moore print, “ Unrivaled,” which recognizes Alabama’s 18th National Championship, starting at 2 p.m. on Tide 100.9 and on the free Tide 100.9 app.