Allen: “It was somber. Just a feeling of defeatedness.”

Losing free safety Kurt Coleman (sprained knee) for a month is big for this defense in terms of the leadership and communication he brought to the secondary. He had a calming effect on a young group. Carolina signed veteran Jairus Byrd to fill in, but will he be ready in time for Sunday’s game against the Lions, or will Carolina have to go with rookie Demetrious Cox? Either way, the back end of a strong defense has been weakened by the loss of Coleman. — David Newton

Allen: “It was somber. Just a feeling of defeatedness.”

Nico Johnson: “Coach Saban after the game said, ‘This is what happens. This is what happens when you don’t prepare your best. When you don’t prepare your best, you get the worst end of the results.'”

Alabama radio play-by-play announcer Eli Gold: “A lot of people were concerned: Has this ended Alabama’s season? There were many, many people saying, ‘Did the dream of this season end on the field today?'”

Savage: “That was a while ago and Bama had not transitioned defensively and not really embraced the idea that, ‘Hey, we’re going to have to adjust our philosophy here because the sport is changing right under our feet.’ That was one of the games that really set in motion them adjusting their recruiting, trying to get more athletic defenders at all levels of the defense, corners playing safety and that concept. That was one of the games that steered them in the direction they’re in now.”magic_150

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