Texas A&M football: 5 takeaways from loss at Alabama

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It might be time to panic about the pass defense

This is the part where I remind you how talented Alabama is, and this could absolutely be an overreaction to the early part of the season, but A&M’s pass defense was atrocious in this game. Losing Wilson hurt, but it wasn’t going well even before they lost him and he was replaced by true freshman Leon O’Neal Jr.

Nick Saban’s offense has been terrific this season. They are one of the best at getting their players open down field, but Mike Elko’s unit couldn’t make any kind of plays to slow down Tua Tagovailoa.

Alabama receivers were wide open all game long. There was no pass rush. The tackling was poor. Not much went well for the defense today.

If this was just a problem today it wouldn’t be an issue, but A&M went into this game having given up the most pass plays of more than 30 yards in the SEC. The issue was not fixed.

Elko has to figure things out or it could get worse when playing the rest of the talented quarterbacks in the SEC.