By Brandon Daniel @Brandon_Rant on August 29, 2014
As the 2014 season dawns, the Crimson Tide enter into it with much excitement and fanfare. The faithful legion of Tide fans have much to be excited about in 2014. Their beloved football team is talented and well-positioned for a run at the SEC Championship and inaugural College Football Playoff. There are many reasons to be high on the Tide's chances, but here are five things in particular that should get fans enthralled.
It's hard not to enter a season excited when you have the best in the business on your sideline. That's the reality Tide fans enjoy for 2014. After enduring another offseason of NFL coaching rumors, Saban remains the head guy in Tuscaloosa. He's the best recruiter, game-planner and schemer in the nation. Saban's presence brings excitement and gives Tide fans everywhere a huge reason to be confident entering the season.
In their worst nightmare, Bama fans could not have fathomed an ending as bad as the 2013 Iron Bowl. Then they had to watch the hated Auburn Tigers plow all the way into the national championship game. You can bet the Tide faithful will be itching for revenge, and they will get the chance as this year's game will be at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Excitement will be over not just watching the Tide play but hurling an offseason of insults at the Tigers.
The Tide enter the season with a new offensive coordinator in Lane Kiffin, and he must direct an offense with a true freshman left tackle in Cam Robinson. This could be a potential worry, but recent comments from Saban to the media point to Robinson adjusting well to SEC football. If he can solidify the left side of the line, the Tide have every reason to be excited for what is to come as that is the only glaring potential weakness on offense.
After a drama filled recruitment and flashes of brilliance the last two seasons playing behind Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Vinnie Sunseri, it is now Collins' time to shine. The junior safety steps into the spotlight as the marquee player of the Tide defense. He brings talent and experience to the back end of the defense, and you can count on him rising to the occasion. Expect big things from the DB in what is likely his last year in a crimson uniform.
The SEC will be full of deep running back units, and Bama has one of the deepest. Tide fans should be over-the-moon at watching T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake tote the rock in 2014. After a couple seasons of leaning on the arm of A.J. McCarron, the Tide should return to a more smash-mouth running game, feeding those three guys as often as possible. They will wear defenses down with a relentless run attack and leave Tide fans smiling.
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