Former Tide WR calls Alabama football’s offense ‘basic’, like watching ‘paint dry’

Former Alabama wide receiver Mike McCoy, who appears on AL.com’s Weekly preview show “Head 2 Head,” broke down the Crimson Tide’s 2022 Offensive performance with host and ESPN Reporter Lauren Sisler as the team prepares to play Vanderbilt this Saturday.

After the Tide’s 63-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe, Sisler and McCoy broke down the upcoming match-up with the Commodores while getting honest about what they’ve seen from Bama on the Offensive side of the ball.

McCoy played at Alabama from 2006-2009 and was a member of Nick Saban’s first national championship with the Tide.

Noting Alabama hasn’t shown a lot of “flashiness” on offense, Sisler asked for McCoy’s honest opinion on what he’s seen from Bill O’Brien’s unit heading into tougher competition as they enter SEC play this weekend.

McCoy called running back Jamhyr Gibbs the most explosive weapon on offense, but said through three games, “the play-calling’s still kinda basic.” He said no one would “rant and rave” about scoring a lot of points against an unranked non-conference opponent like Louisiana-Monroe. “From my end, I still think they’ve got some improvement to do.”

Sisler pressed McCoy to share what he’d said off-camera ahead of the show.

“I’m still not sold,” McCoy said. “I think we’re running elementary offense. I think it’s kinda like A&M. It’s basic…It’s a spread offense now…Let’s run some combo routes. Can we see some double moves? Can I see you take the top off? I mean, goodness. It’s like watching cold paint dry.

“There’s no creativity, from what I’m seeing. And I feel you have the kind of caliber of players on the outside and in the backfield that can get it done. There’s no reason why Alabama shouldn’t have at least 400 average yards per game, total offense.”

In the first three games of the 2022 season, Alabama has produced 559 total offensive yards against Utah State, 374 against Texas and 509 against Louisiana-Monroe, for an average of 480 per game.

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