From all accounts, Alabama had a productive week of practice. The majority of injured players who sat out against Colorado State will be ready for Saturday’s game against Ole Miss, and the communication issues that apparently plagued the offense in Week 1 and last week have been sorted.
During his final press conference before the Ole Miss game, Alabama head coach Nick Saban focused heavily on positive energy and enthusiasm this week in practice, and seemed to make it clear for fans in Bryant-Denny Stadium to be excited and loud, but also supportive and positive.
“What everyone needs is positive energy and to be excited about the opportunity that this team has,” Saban said. “[This team] has to create their own identity with what they do and how they play, their own personality, their own chemistry. They need to be supported.
“And everybody doesn’t just need to sit around and say ‘Wow, what’s wrong with these guys?’ They need a lot of positive energy around them, and we need to give them positive reinforcement so we can develop and grow and be excited about the future.”
And positive energy comes from quality team leadership.
Linebacker C.J. Mosley told the media on Tuesday that he spoke to the team after their dissatisfying win over Colorado State last week.
“I was pretty upset, especially with the defense,” Mosley said. “The things we gave up were mental errors, just little things, fundamental errors.”
After Mosley spoke to the team, quarterback AJ McCarron and linebacker Vinnie Sunseri followed, saying the team had to communicate better, and execute to their abilities.
“[McCarron and Sunseri] kind of just fed off what I said, just saying we’ve got to step it up,” Mosley said. “We’ve got to know what it takes basically to win these types of games that are coming up.”