Day 1 –2:45pm---Superdome
By: Jason Wright
We just left the Superdome after watching Alabama’s first practice in New Orleans. We were only allowed to watch and film the first 15 minutes of it.
Several of Bama’s key players who had been hampered or who had nagging injuries during the latter part of the season, were back at full speed today. That’s all we can share because that’s all we saw!
Before practice, Kim, Ben and I took part in the “Peaceful Po-boy”. It was a multitude of po-boys laid out on a table totaling 30 feet. Some were made with oysters, others with shrimp, some were organic, and some were just plain delicious.
While we were at Bama’s practice, Kim stayed behind and filmed LSU’s defensive player’s press conference. Below is an excerpt from coordinator John Chavis:
JOHN CHAVIS: Just a couple of areas that I can hit on real quick. Number one is that to play our scheme, you have to be good at cornering, you really have to be good there. Not at one corner but at both corners. Have you to be. And it takes speed to play out there with the matchups you're going to be involved in.
The same thing with rushing the passer. And our base package ?? our defensive ends probably aren't the biggest in the country, but I think when you start looking at speed, it would be hard to find many that would rate better than ours in terms of speed.
And we've got good size. We're not undersized. But we emphasize speed because that's what it takes to rush the passer. Then we'll go into our dime personnel, we use a lot of corners and/or safeties that do a great job blitzing for us.
And, again, when we start looking at a guy that's blitzing that's 180, 205 pounds, somewhere in that area, going against a 330?pounder, then we feel like we have that advantage in terms of making him work and doing some things with the pass rushing with smaller guys.
So those are the areas that we look at first. But it seems to me that luck follows speed. And we need all the luck we can get from time to time.
And then I say that jokingly, but our guys do a great job. They play hard. They play fast. And certainly even going back to the Oregon game, you know, that was a big factor in terms of us having the kind of success with the speed of our defense.
We will have much more tomorrow as both teams will have their team media day at the Superdome. Alabama will go from 9 until 10 and LSU will follow from 10:30 to 11:30.