The Tide’s version of the pistol, the quarterback lines up behind center, but not quite as deep as in shotgun formation, with a tailback directly behind him in a deep “I” formation.
“The reason is it’s just a lot quicker to get set up. It allows us to get the ball in your hand a little faster as opposed to under center, because you’re only going back three, four yards at the most. Under center you go to seven, eight, nine (yards). It kind of speeds things up, and with the speed we have at wide receiver, you want to get it to them as quick as possible. The pistol formation allows us to do that.”
Alabama has something new on offense: The Pistol