Everyone wants to be Joe Namath. Predict right, you can be a superstar. Predict wrong, and you fade away in a few days.
Why open the ol’ pie-hole to give Alabama anything they can spin or twist into bulletin board material? Worse, why say something that doesn’t even need to be spun or twisted?
LSU receiver Jarvis Landry is the latest SEC player to say something completely unnecessary about the Crimson Tide. Asked about the Alabama secondary he’ll see this week, Landry had this to say:
“Nobody is invincible. No team is invincible and no defense is invincible. They do a lot of great things well, but we do a lot of great things well, also. It comes down to individual guys making plays.”
Is his statement correct? Certainly, no team is invincible.
Is it good that Landry has confidence going into this weekend’s huge SEC West showdown? You bet.
Was it wise to tell the world of his confidence? Abso-frickin-lutely not.
Earlier this season, Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said his team could score on Alabama, just as they could put points up on any team. The Rebels were promptly dealt an “Shut up” shutout by the Tide D.
Just two weeks ago, Tennessee prepared for “the red team” rather than “Alabama.” Simply enough, Butch Jones didn’t want his team to be wowed by the Alabama name. Following a 45-10 beatdown in which many starters played in all but the final drive, quarterback AJ McCarron said his squad was PO’d that the Vols didn’t think they were “worthy” of the Alabama name. It was a total repurposing of the Vols’ “red team” approach for the sake of motivation. But Bama sure didn’t sleepwalk past Tennessee, did they?
We know what you’re thinking. “Any team that needs bulletin board material for motivation can’t be all that.” Yep, we’ve heard that for years, too. But it doesn’t change the fact that darn near every player in the country does indeed try to find inflammatory comments from the other camp. In the case of Landry’s talk, there’s no need to try and find anything. His thoughts are clear: Alabama isn’t invincible and LSU’s receivers do just as many great things as the Tide’s defensive backs.
We’ll find out who’s right on Saturday night.
If Alabama gets the win, expect to hear Alabama’s players remind Landry of his comments.