After winning the national championship, what does Alabama do about its quarterback situation? Here’s the solution for the possible Jalen Hurts vs. Tua Tagovailoa controversy.
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I took a date to Atlanta, and that guy with the unpronounceable last name brought her home.
Four years, $3.1 million, $709,000 guaranteed
That’s not generational wealth, and it’s hardly the type of money to retire on if you’re in your mid-20s, but even before that second deal, it’s more than Jalen Hurts will make trying to become an NFL quarterback.
We went through this quarterback controversy thing a few years ago with Ohio State when the Buckeyes had J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones, and Braxton Miller all fighting for the same quarterback spot. In the end, Jones got the start, stunk, and Barrett took over the rest of the way.
Miller was moved to receiver, where he was good enough to become a third round draft pick by Houston. And there’s your selling point, Nick Saban.
That’s how you fix this offseason quarterback controversy issue and nip it in the bud right away.
Give Hurts all the credit in the world for being as genuinely wonderful as possible after getting benched for Tua Tagovailoa in the College Football Playoff National Championship. One guy was struggling, and the other guy went on to become an Alabama legend, and both guys were totally cool with how this all went down.
Technically, Hurts is now 27-2 as the Alabama starter, and he’s a national championship starting quarterback, but even if he played the entire game and Bama won, he was just renting the space.
From all accounts from the Alabama guys who cover, follow, and live this team, Saban loves Hurts and trusts him to not screw things up, but Tagovailoa was going to win the 2018 starting quarterback job no matter what.
The backup is just that much better.
Tagovailoa can run, he’s a terrific downfield passer, and as he showed in Atlanta, he’s got the mental makeup to slow everything down and not let anything get too big for him. However, as he also showed against Georgia, he’s going to screw up from time to time, and that’s what might give Hurts a chance in the race for the starting gig.
Yes, being spectacular is great from time to time, but Hurts threw just one interception this year. Don’t underestimate just how important that is in the overall scheme of the Nick Saban world.
There might be a rotation, and there might be a “best player will take the job” sort of thing this spring, but don’t get caught up in any transfer rumors or trolling hot takes – at least, not yet.
Tagovailoa wasn’t going to transfer if he didn’t play against Georgia. From all indications, he appeared to understand how this Alabama pecking order thing works better than anyone in the national media, and he was more than willing to wait his turn, compete, and push for the job and time.
And that’s not the way Hurts is made up, either. Even if he loses out the starting gig, he’s one play away from being in charge of another national championship caliber team – ask Florida State how cliche that sounds – and will still likely going to be in the mix.
And he could win the job again, too. Don’t discount the idea that Hurts might just be your starter under center next year, but there’s a better way to do this.
Hurts isn’t as fast as Braxton Miller, but he’s more physical. At 6-2 and 218 pounds, he’s about the same size as the former Buckeye star, and in this offense, he could be moved to tailback from time to time, be thrown in the slot, or even be used at quarterback again whenever needed.
What happened on that final play before the ill-fated field goal attempt in regulation? Saban put in Hurts to properly execute the snap and kneel – he’s always going to be trusted by the big guy and this staff.
Hurts would make for a whale of an NFL safety prospect if he wanted to go through the conversion process, but keeping him on the offensive side would be the easiest way for the team to have its Tua cake, and No. 2.
Again, Hurts might be an NFL millionaire at another position, Tua will probably earn the job anyway, and the richest team in college football will be a whole lot richer by having both guys on the field.
There, Coach Saban. Feel free to give me a holler with anything else you might need.