SB Nation's Roll Bama Roll examines the Tide's low sack totals thus far in 2010, and how that will affect the team's approach to enormous tree-quarterback Ryan Mallett:
Remember, a defense wants an offense to run a lot of plays to score. By doing this, a defense increases the offense's chances of making penalties, turning the ball over, and failing to execute by their own account (overthrows, drops, et cetera...make an offense put together long disciplined drives because truthfully, most can't do it consistently).
Again, the more a defense can force an offense do to be successful, the better. So I wouldn't worry so much about the low sack numbers until it's time to worry. We're still keeping teams out of the end zone. We're still forcing them to execute at a high rate to beat us (with a few exceptions). If Ryan Mallet can drop back, set his feet, and fire without defenders affecting his feet and balance, we'll have problems. But I'll tell you right now he's not built to throw the quick stuff continuously without misfiring (especially when it's 100 miles per hour). He's certainly not renowned for his footwork.