Looking back at Alabama's 2014 season ...

January 9, 2015

To the glass-half-full Alabama football fan, the Crimson Tide’s 2014 season can be well-remembered as a more successful one than 2013. Winning an SEC championship and earning an invitation to the first-ever four-team playoff party is a definite upgrade, as finishes go, over an Iron Bowl loss followed by a collapse against Oklahoma.

Yet to the glass-half-empty fan, a tough 42-35 loss to Ohio State in the semifinal leaves a hollow feeling.

There is more room for good sense in the former approach.

Following quarterback Blake Sims’ dismal day in the spring game, how the offense would score – not how often – was the question reasonable fans were asking. Shaking up the Alabama offensive record book wasn’t anyone’s expectation, yet that’s what ultimately happened. Somehow, the offense as a whole took a step forward a year after losing three-year starting quarterback AJ McCarron.

Go figure.

All that said, the 2015 Crimson Tide will have to answer some of the same questions that faced its predecessor – at quarterback, along the offensive line, at cornerback.  UA coach Nick Saban patches holes in spring practice as well as any coach in the country, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a leak sprung somewhere in the fall.

The recruiting machine that is Alabama football remains in high gear with no sign of slowing. That will keep coach Nick Saban stocked with the kind of elite talent that can keep the Crimson Tide in contention for championships.

This year, an SEC one will have to do.

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