Super Bowl Facts of Interest

Who was the last team to beat the Patriots in the regular season? The answer is………. the team once coached by this guy:

Ok, ok, I’ll toss you Tennessee fans a bone. Who has the most recent victory against the Patriots? Mr. Littlefoot himself, Peyton Manning.

There is a funnier cartoon connection involving Peyton’s weak shoulders and long neck, but I just can’t think of it right now.

Fresno Offense Footage

Ask and you shall receive my friends:

Fresno State vs. Kansas State

Fresno State vs. Georgia Tech

Fresno State vs. Texas A&M highlights

McElwain is Official

ALABAMA HEAD COACH NICK SABAN HIRES JIM MCELWAIN AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

TUSCALOOSA – Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Jim McElwain as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Wednesday. McElwain served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Fresno State last year after spending the 2006 season in the NFL as quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders. McElwain made an immediate impact in his first season at Fresno State as he helped lead the Bulldogs to a 9-4 record, a significant turnaround from the previous year in which Fresno State posted a 4-8 mark.

“Jim is a phenomenal coach and we are thrilled to have him on board,” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. “He did an outstanding job last year at Fresno State. Their improvement on offense, especially in the play of their quarterback, was tremendous. They had an impressive showing offensively against a very good Georgia Tech defense in their bowl win. In terms of production, they upped their offensive numbers significantly compared to the previous year. He’s worked with some great coaches including Pat Hill, John L. Smith and Scott Linehan. He also brings NFL experience working with quarterbacks, which is another big plus. We talked to a large pool of coaches when we interviewed for this position and Jim was absolutely the best candidate we spoke to.”

 (Gentry Estes)

1-5 in the SEC

What else can we do at this point? The first half turnover performance felt a little something like this….

12 turnovers? YIKES! The 2nd half performance was solid, but our defense was spotty once again. Tennessee is a high quality team that should’ve won. But, I saw plenty of dumb turnovers by Alabama that lead to such a highly inflated number (just my observations).

Gee finally put together two back-to-back quality scoring games, and Hendrix got another 20. Still, fans won’t be happy with those kind of small victories. While the performance it’ll doesn’t warrant any firing talk, most fans will believe a 1-5 start will…. especially with the amount of talent on this team. BTW, Senario Hillman is starting to turn into a highlight real.

Congrats to Tennessee as they head to Starkville for their next big game against Mississippi State. As for the Tide, we’ll be hosting LSU next on Saturday in what is looking like a battle of the titans….

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It’s not Finebaum v. Gottfried, but it’ll have to do.

OC Hire or Saban Spurned?

It appears that Fresno State has called a press conference regarding Jim McElwain showing interest in the Alabama Offensive Coordinator position. Gentry Estes of AL.com has the story.

This seems odd to me. Is Fresno calling PC because their Coordinator is leaving? It seems you would prefer a simple statement, so this concerns me slightly. If not McElwain, it’s McNulty or nothing I suppose.

PSA

I don’t know what to say at this point in the day. Alabama will probably have an OC within the coming hours/days, and the Tide basketball team is going to have to play their best game of the season against Tennessee to win. Our secret plan? Bears…. bears and Liz Gottfried sitting behind Bruce Pearl the entire game.

In case of bear troubles, consult this video

Your McNulty Got On My McElwain!

So, it appears that two Offensive Coordinators are in Tuscaloosa interviewing for the same position. We know about Jim McElwain from Fresno State, but John McNulty of Rutgers has been added to the list. McNulty has been confirmed in Tuscaloosa, and will interview for the opening (NJ.com)

 2007 was McNulty’s first year as full time OC. He shared the duties in the past with Craig Ver Steeg, and has played an important role in the rise of Rutgers football. The Scarlet Knights had a 3,000 yard passer, 2,000 rusher, and two 1,000 yard recievers this past season. Stay tuned for more information.

Greg Schiano and John McNulty