Alabama Crimson Tide logo on the college football field. Dec 4, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; The Alabama Crimson Tide logo on the playing field at the Georgia Dome in preparation for the SEC Championship Saturday. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban made a bold move when he hired Tommy Rees away from Notre Dame. Saban, losing his offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien to the NFL, went a different route this time, aiming for the young, hot shot to replace the current New England Patriots OC.

While the move received a lot of praise at the time, as Alabama opened up the checkbook to pry Rees away from his alma mater and a power program at that, the results have left a whole lot to be desired. 

After a 56-7 drubbing of Middle Tennessee State in Week 1, the Crimson Tide failed to follow up with a similar performance in Week 2. Granted, that wasn’t the expected result against Texas, but neither was Jalen Milroe’s performance. Milroe, who was named Alabama’s starting quarterback exiting fall camp, went just 14-of-27 for 255 yards with two touchdowns against two interceptions.

Because of the offense’s shortcomings in a 34-24 loss to Texas, Saban made a change at the quarterback position. The Crimson Tide started Notre Dame transfer Tyler Buchner, who followed Rees from South Bend, against USF. And let’s just say, Saban may have been a little quick to bench Milroe.

Buchner went 5-of-14 for 34 yards before he was benched in favor of Ty Simpson. Alabama mustered just 310 yards of total offense to go along with 17 points. This came against a team that came into Saturday’s game ranked 110 in the FBS in total defense. The Bulls had allowed 429 yards/per game through their first two contests.

Needless to say, those in the CFB world were not thrilled with Alabama’s offensive performance, though it did come in a road win. They were quick to react to Rees, who was absolutely blasted for the team’s shortcomings.




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