The Alabama football defensive coordinator, Tosh Lupoi, did not have a favorable end to the 2018 season as the Tide’s play caller. If he chooses to stay, here are some reasons why it wouldn’t be a bad thing.
If you polled ten Alabama football fans following Monday night’s game, nine of them would tell you that Tosh ain’t gettin’ the job done as the Tide’s defensive coordinator. In the interest of full disclosure, I was one of them Tuesday morning. The game was not fun to watch.
A 28-point drubbing at the hands of Clemson in the national title game notwithstanding, hindsight aids in us taking a look at some reasons why Tosh Lupoi had a decent season up until he faced arguably three of the four best teams in the country.
By season’s end, the Alabama football defense allowed 320.3 yards and 18 points per game. From this statistical measure, it ranks 10th out of 12 defenses shepherded by Nick Saban, beating out only 2007 and 2014.
The standard for all Alabama defenses under Nick Saban (possibly of all-time) is 2011. That season they allowed a mere 183.6 yards and 9 points per game. As talented as that defense was, though, they didn’t have the likes of Kyler Murray and Trevor Lawrence to contend with. There was nary a HUNH offense on the schedule and the only offense that proved to be difficult was then-FCS Georgia Southern’s triple option.
In 2018, as Alabama football’s defensive signal caller, Lupoi had to deal with the HUNH, the triple option, pro-style and a host of other wrinkles that proved difficult to keep at bay on a regular basis. In fact, this defense allowed consecutive scoring drives in nine out of fifteen games.
Still, we need to take a look at some reasons why this might’ve been the case and why Lupoi deserves the benefit of the doubt.