Monday, August 25, 2014

How Alabama is trying to get its groove back for 2014 season.

Alabama tight end Brian Volger. Photo via

Alabama's failure to win its third consecutive BCS title last season was blamed on the players' inability to come together as a team. Former 'Bama and current Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback A.J. McCarron notably called out team underclassmen, accusing them as being "entitled" and not being able to get pass the adversity of the now-infamous "Pick Six" loss to Auburn in the 2013 Iron Bowl.

"We had a lot of young guys," McCarron said. "In the end, success was our killer. Too much success and a lot of young guys coming in who didn't know what it took to get back to that point to win. They thought we'd just show up and we'd win."

Reestablishing team unity was an issue that the 2014 Crimson Tide team leaders focused on this offseason, according to Alabama tight end Brian Volger. It included doing the simple things like team leaders hanging out with fellow team members outside their normal cliques, and bonding with the incoming Crimson Tide freshmen. 

"For me, we sort of took all those freshmen under our wing — Ross Pierschbacher and J.C. Hassenauer and them. Then you've got other guys who are sophomores or redshirt freshmen like Bradley Bozeman, Cooper Bateman, just guys like that."
Alabama defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson told how he "reached out" to younger team members, by playing video games and eating out.

"We play video games," Tomlinson said, "and, of course, we like to eat, so we all go out to eat a lot."

How this will affect the Tide's chances of making the first College Football Playoff are yet to be determined, but Alabama head coach Nick Saban says he is "encouraged" with the way they (the players) go about their work and what they try and do."


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