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SEC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2020

SEC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes

SEC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes

It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams bulletin board material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.

In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2020, Athlon asked coaches in the SEC to talk anonymously about their opponents.

Note: These scouting reports come directly from coaching staffs and do not necessarily reflect the views of Athlon's editorial staff.

SEC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2020


College Football Top 25 Rankings: Alabama

"Their 'bad' year would earn most of the coaches in the country a raise and an extension, so let's not get too carried away about them taking a step back."

"They're as well-coached as anyone. They have answers for everything your offense wants to do. And if you take the Tua Tagovailoa injury away, it's a very different December and January for everyone except maybe LSU."

"They'll be better on defense this year, especially at linebacker. If (linebacker) Dylan Moses is healthy again, they're going to be fantastic at that position.

"The defensive front will have to step up, because the secondary is all new. Nick Saban loves to get hands-on when this happens. They're reworking that entire group."

"This is going to be a Heisman campaign season for Najee Harris, go ahead and make your bet."

"They don't have a quarterback locked in, and the more talented guy in the QB race has never been in the system. And their other weakness on offense is turning over receivers. So we think (offensive coordinator) Steve Sarkisian is gonna find ways to scheme Najee into everything they can, kind of the way Lane Kiffin did with Amari Cooper a few years back."

"Aside from losing Tua to the NFL, the biggest story for them is the coaching staff. They're not replacing coordinators for the first time in years. That's massive, especially for the next quarterback in. The lack of system consistency and leadership on the staff really hurt their culture."

"It's overblown that they're on the decline. Maybe marginally? Maybe? But at what perspective? This is still the most successful dynasty in the history of the sport."

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College football rankings: Arkansas

"It's a total mess from top to bottom."

"What's the identity of this program? Are they a hard-nosed smashmouth team? That didn't work. Are they going to beat you with spread and tempo and use Texas kids? That didn't work."

"Last year was a total mess. They were vanilla on offense and defense the entire time Chad Morris was there. They were the worst-looking team on film in the conference, maybe in Power 5. Confused, out of place, low effort, no communication."

"That they landed on Sam (Pittman) is really telling. He's a well-respected career assistant who is great at his job, but it's hard to find what he can say or do with that program that could suddenly turn things around. They've got no personnel. The roster right now looks like NCAA sanctions hit them."

"(Rakeem) Boyd coming back was huge, he and Feleipe Franks are a decent place to start."

"The offensive line isn't horrible."

"(Offensive coordinator) Kendal Briles is a strange hire. They don't have the bodies to run that system, and he's had chemistry issues on other staffs. That hire told a lot of coaches that Sam wasn't alone in making the decisions."