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Saban Not Ready To Pick A Starting Quarterback

Alabama has been slotted in the #2 spot in the AP’s preseason football poll.  Several publications have projected the Tide to finish one slot higher than that come January.

Yet Alabama’s starting quarterback will have limited experience when he takes over in two weeks.  And, more importantly, no one even knows who that starting quarterback will be.

This weekend, Nick Saban said that AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims have played “pretty evenly” during preseason camp.  He also hinted that the quarterback competition isn’t likely to end soon:


“These two guys are probably a couple of the best players on our team.  It’s no out of the question that both have roles on our team in some kind of way.  I know that’s not what everybody wants to hear, but both of those guys have done a good job in what we’ve asked them to do.”


When a team has two completely different types of quarterbacks — David Greene and DJ Shockley, Chris Leak and Tim Tebow — it’s possible to have great success with some sort of QB rotation.

But McCarron and Sims are similar.  “We’re both pocket passers,” Sims told The Dothan Eagle.

With that being the case, we’ll simply toss out that old, old adage one more time: “Show me a team with two good quarterbacks and I’ll show you a team with no great quarterback.”

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