Alabama can win SEC with QB Jake Coker

Despite a shaky showing against Middle Tennessee State, PFF's Mike Renner explains how the Crimson Tide's QB can help them to an SEC title.

| 2 years ago
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Alabama can win SEC with QB Jake Coker

Is quarterback Jake Coker good enough for Alabama to win the SEC?

A better way of looking at this would be: Is the rest of Alabama’s talent outside of the quarterback position good enough to win the SEC?

After two games, we have a fairly good idea of what Jake Coker is: he’s a game manager, at best, with five total completions traveling over 10 yards down the field. There can be value in that if you truly aren’t making mistakes with the football, but Coker’s -4.1 grade against Middle Tennessee State shows some worrisome inconsistency.

The onus of winning the SEC will realistically fall on the shoulders of the defense and running game. Alabama currently ranks fifth in the SEC in our pass coverage grade, second in pass rush, and third in run defense.

On the other side of the ball, RB Derrick Henry looms like a sleeping giant (only 31 carries), yet still owns the highest run grade in the conference.

Those pieces alone might not be enough to run the table, but if Coker can play mistake-free football like he did against Wisconsin, it should be enough to get the Crimson Tide to the SEC title game.

| Senior Analyst

Mike is a Senior Analyst at Pro Football Focus. His work has also been featured on The Washington Post, ESPN Insider, and 120 Sports.

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