October 12, 2006

Five questions with BOL's Travis Reier

The Alabama Crimson Tide is coming off two straight conference losses and face a woeful Duke team this weekend. So BamaOnLine fielded some questions from our loyal subscribers to ask senior writer and expert Travis Reier, and hopefully provide some more insight to the 2006 Crimson Tide team.


Here is what Travis had to say...


Question from james026: Travis, we have NFL talent at WR and FB, we have above-average athleticism at 4 of the 5 OL spots, and we continually face defenses that are trying to put the heat on JPW. Why are we the only program in the SEC that can't execute a simple RB, WR, or FB screen pass to punish defenses for their aggression?


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Question from ahabbard: The general consensus on the board is that the O-line is the weakest part of the offensive unit yet, JPW uses a seven step drop on just about every pass play and most patterns take a lot of time to develop. With Barnes being the second option, will the staff make any changes to the offense to try to keep JPW from taking so many hits? If so, what?


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Question from tider4life1: Travis, I maybe way off but I get the feeling that you maybe losing some confidence in this offensive coaching staff. How do you feel about the offensive staff and the direction they are headed in?


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Question from jayalanbama7
:Why does Bama have trouble creating the wall on kickoffs like we once did? Is it personel issues or is it our schemes? How do you think Arenas has looked so far? Does he seem to have that exposiveness we seen out of him in Hs?


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Question from cwaters2: Travis, do you think there is a reason we are not seeing more of the TE? I believe you said in the spring that we were using the TE more. Along the same line, I felt we would see some bootlegs that would include the TEs in routes?



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Travis Reier serves as the BOL's lead analyst on Alabama Crimson Tide football, basketball and baseball, and is considered one of the foremost experts on Alabama sports.



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