Former Tide Offensive Lineman Barrett Jones Breaks Down Alabama Win Over Ole Miss [Audio]
In Alabama's 48-43 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels, not everything went completely smoothly for the Crimson Tide, especially on the offensive line for Nick Saban and company. Former Tide offensive lineman Barrett Jones hopped on with Ryan Fowler to discuss the game and fill us in on how the big uglies up front are playing.
Through the first three games of the season, Alabama's offensive line has been inconsistent to say the least, but they've shown significant progress since taking the field against the USC Trojans on September 3. One of the biggest issues for this offensive line is the number of penalties that they've committed so far, and Jones was asked his thoughts on their performance against Ole Miss.
"Obviously there are too many mistakes, particularly the procedure penalties when we put ourselves into a lot of negative situations, a lot of first and fifteens. You know, it just seems like we aren't on the same page with the snap count."
One of the key plays in the game was during the second quarter when Jalen Hurts dropped back to pass and took a big shot in the backfield, fumbling the ball and having the Landshark defense pick up the fumble and score six points. Now we can argue whether or not targeting should have been called on the play or whether the fumble should have been called back for unnecessary roughness, but the fact of the matter remains that the offensive line missed a block and allowed Ole Miss defensive tackle Breeland Speaks a direct path to Hurts. Unfortunately, Jones has also been in a situation where he missed a blocking assignment and let the quarterback take a big hit.
"It's definitely a terrible feeling, and you just have to pick [the quarterback] up and say, 'My bad,' but you really have to have a short memory with those kind of things because what you see with offensive linemen, and a lot of football players in general, is compounding those mistakes and turning one mistake into another."
You can hear Jones' breakdown of the game below, and be sure to catch The Game each week from 2-6 PM.