"One of our goals will try to get us about 10 guys that can rush the passer this first game," he said. "You can look at the schedule for the first three or four games. If we don't find us some pass rushers it will be a long get-go here."
With less than a week to go before the first game, it appears Kines might have found them. At end, Wallace Gilberry, Keith Saunders, Bobby Greenwood and Chris Harris provide a solid two-deep. Converted receiver Zeke Knight has, who has bulked up to 237 pounds, has probably improved as much as any player over the fall and spring. And while Knight needs experience and more training to be a complete defensive player, he certainly knows how to rush the passer.
At tackle, Jeremy Clark is the only returning starter, but J.P. Adams and Dominic Lee are both very experienced. Freshman Lorenzo Washington has come along after redshirting last season, and Brandon Deaderick has had a decent fall. Brandon Fanney's slight frame has been a concern at tackle, but its possible he could contribute a few plays as well.
On Sunday, Lee talked about that depth, and the state of the defense in general with three full contact practices remaining before the first game.
"(Defensive taclkes) Coach (Buddy) Wyatt believes in the more the better," Lee said. "If four or five guys can roll in and out throughout the game, that's what he wants. When you're playing a team that is going to pass 60 or 70 times. You need a lot of guys."
Lee said his young back-ups were "okay" and that J.P. Adams had physically recovered from the ankle injury that kept him out of practice last week.
"He practiced today and he's okay," Lee said. "With his injury now, it's just mental, and him making sure he knows where to be and what to do."
Lee also said he feels like Alabama is one of the best teams in the country, "but we have to let our play do the talking."
He's one of the seven new starters that some people site as being a weakness for Alabama's defense. But it has been pointed out that many of those seven new starters have a lot of game experience.
"I get this question a lot," he said. "To me, nothing has changed, there are just new starters. We have guys with a lot of experience that are now starters. Terrence Jones is a true senior, he's played a lot. Rudy (Griffin) started last year and I was behind him. Keith Saunders was behind M.A. (Mark Anderson). I feel like the personality hasn't really changed, it's just different people."