Alabama Football: Don't Expect Same Production from Crimson Tide QBs This Fall

Don't Expect Same Production from Alabama QBs This Fall

4/25/14 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA;  Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) celebrates following a  touchdown run by running back Derrick Henry (not pictured) during the third quarter of a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsRegardless of your thoughts on the Alabama Crimson Tide, it's hard to deny how incredible quarterback AJ McCarron was during his time in Tuscaloosa.

Despite garnering a reputation as a game manager, McCarron was so much more than that.

He was the leader on the field for the Crimson Tide, and had a knack for always finding the right man at the right time.

Having been a part of three national championship teams at Alabama, and also finishing runner-up in the 2013 Heisman race, there's no doubting the fact that McCarron had one of the most decorated careers in college football history.

The question is, how does a team replace someone like that? The answer is quite simple:

You don't.

That's the problem that Nick Saban and his staff will face in 2014, as Alabama won't have an experienced leader like McCarron on the field on offense.

That fact took center stage in the Crimson Tide's spring game last weekend. Potential starters Blake Sims and Cooper Bateman were good at times, but nowhere near what Saban will expect from his starting quarterback once the season rolls around in August.

Jacob Coker, who will start practice with the team this summer after transferring from Florida State, could only stand and watch.

But once Coker does join the team, many expect him to be the eventual starter. And it's hard to argue that assumption after what we saw on Saturday.

We've learned over the years that it takes a special quarterback to lead a team to a national championship. If Alabama is to have that type of quarterback in the upcoming season, a whole lot of progress will need to be made.

It wasn't just McCarron's passing ability that made him a great quarterback, but it also helped that he was a true leader. The offense turned to him during the struggles, and now with him gone, someone has to step up and be the leader that this unit needs.

Coker might be the answer. Sims or Bateman could be the answer if they take a massive leap forward. 

But no matter who lines up under center for Alabama it kicks off the season in Atlanta against West Virginia on August 30, it'll be impossible for them to match what McCarron brought to the table.

Good luck to whomever faces the challenge of replacing him.

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