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  1. 33 points
    This season is special to me, it was about a year ago today that I found out I had an enlarged lymph node (which turned out to be non Hodgkin's lymphoma) and I had surgery right after the Clemson game. If I have any message, it's enjoy this season. Enjoy family and friends regardless of the ups and downs. Cherish this season and remember how fortunate we all are to be able to not only enjoy football but to enjoy time with people that we care about. As always WDE, and let's go get this Natty
  2. 30 points
    Update: Had my PET scan Wednesday, 9 months after treatment, and my cancer is still in remission and everything is looking great! Scheduled to meet with my surgeon about getting my port taken out. WDE, thanks to everyone for the thoughts and prayers over the past year plus!
  3. 28 points
  4. 24 points
    I did not plan on doing one of these this week. I thought Mercer might make a game of it, but honestly didn't think the game would be worth trying to write about. But, since I didn't have electrical power to do one after the Clemson game, here's an abbreviated version of things I noticed during the Mercer game..... In the interest of full disclosure, I'm nowhere near a QB coach. But we are all justifiably interested in what's going on with Jarrett Stidham, and I'm no exception. Stidham throws a beautiful ball. But it's obviously taking too long much of the time. It's nearly impossible to watch the wide receivers on pass plays without access to the All 22 tape. I honestly can't tell if there are receivers open, what kind of routes are being run, etc. But yesterday, there were numerous times when an Auburn receiver was extremely wide open when Stidham threw to them. I had a couple of thoughts as the game went along, and they are unfortunately only guesses. 1. I suspect that Stidham has been coached to death on not turning the ball over. If we think back to Nick Marshall's first year at AU, he came in with a reputation for throwing interceptions in junior college. Gus Malzahn drilled that out of him, to the point Marshall was prone to pull the ball down and use his considerable running ability more often than he probably had to. 2. The receivers are not running precise routes. I base that supposition on input I got from a former Auburn WR who told me last week, "those guys wouldn't know a precise route if it hit 'em in the face". I don't know if that's true, but for whatever reason, it's often taking an inordinate amount of time for the ball to leave Stidham's hand. Dropped passes continue to be a problem. Stidham has the accuracy to throw the ball into very tight windows, but sometimes that requires a little extra juice on the ball. Our wide receivers have dropped enough balls this season that it looks to me like Stidham is taking something off the ball much of the time. The Stidham interception was, in my opinion, on Nate Craig-Myers. NCM gave up on the ball and allowed the defender to go around him on a slant route, which has got to be hard to actually do. Auburn's offensive line was "average" in the game, which I'd translate to "poor", given the difference in talent and depth between AU and Mercer. Mercer's defensive linemen won around half the individual battles up front, and that's inexcusable for Auburn to let happen. I guess the good news is that after giving up 11 sacks to Clemson last week, we only gave up one to Mercer. That puts us at an average of 5 per game for the season. I think we actually saw the "Chip Lindsey Offense" this week. Can't be sure, of course, but the numbers indicate that Lindsey was heavily involved in calling the game. For example, Auburn threw the ball on first down 16 times, and ran it 18 times. Unfortunately, of the 18 run plays, Kamryn Pettway carried the ball on 17. That seems a little overly predictable, and leads me to believe Lindsey was pretty conservative, whatever the reason. I've been curious to see what Herb Hand's plan was for an injury to a starting offensive lineman. When Darius James went down, Casey Dunn came in at center, and Austin Golson moved to right tackle. No way to know if that same plan will apply if a starter at another OL position is injured, but I suspect that would be a good bet, since Golson can play pretty much any position. The Auburn turnovers, led by the wide receiver group, were pretty much all about ball security. Lack of discipline, and lack of attention to detail. I didn't see a single "he put his hat on the ball" type situation where a fumble is virtually unavoidable. I don't try to keep stats, but I'd be surprised if Auburn's running game on a per-play basis is not worse than last year. The offensive line, with the occasional exception of Braden Smith, is not moving defenders off the line of scrimmage, and Kamryn Pettway is slow enough to the hole that "overhang" defenders are able to collapse down and make tackles in the B gap. Stephen Roberts appeared to have another very strong game at safety. I was a little disappointed in the Auburn corners, going against a freshman quarterback and "decent" receivers. We will certainly see better passing games than Mercer brought to Auburn, possibly as early as this week vs Mizzou. The Auburn defensive line, the heart of our defense, was "good, not great" in this one, failing to generate a single sack. Speaking of sacks, Mercer got their lone sack via a delayed blitz, with every blocker occupied and no one to pick up the extra rusher in the middle. I'm not sure what, if anything, is going on with the AU passing game and "hot receivers", but that part of the game needs work. Not sure what is going on with Chandler Cox in terms of offensive utilization. Cox came out of high school with a reputation as an excellent receiver, and I may have forgotten, but I don't recall him being targeted a single time this season. Speaking of "offensive utilization", I'm curious about what is going on with the Auburn running backs. I have no dog in the fight, but I thought Kam Martin did pretty well in the opening game. I thought Devan Barrett was very close to breaking a couple of big plays this week, if he'd learn to pick his feet up. I don't understand why we are running the offense as if Pettway is the only running back on the roster. Whether it's his ankle, or something else, he looks slower to the hole than last year. Regardless, a change of pace in terms of speed/quickness would seem like a good thing now and then. The turnovers had a huge impact on the score in the game, but in the "hidden yardage" category, so did special teams. Roberts looked good on punt returns, but the unit as a whole is not generating explosive plays to give the offense a short field, and that has a major impact on points scored. War Eagle!
  5. 23 points
    Good morning/afternoon all, I was going to write this post yesterday, however, I was instead writing my will as I felt like I was dying from food poisoning from one of my favorite restaurants in Auburn. I was at the game on Saturday to its entirety and thought I could provide some insight that was not shown on TV. I will apologize it I repeat anything that has been said already, I just was not able to even look at my phone yesterday. Darius James: Can I first state that I am really glad that young man is okay. For about 30 minutes everyone was just silent. I could not even figure out who it was. When I saw the stretcher and the neck brace, all I could think about was Kris Frost in 2014, and Zac Etheridge in 2009. MAJOR KUDOS to Mercer. Every single player of their got down on one knee, and about 90% of their players came on the the field near him and kneeled. I was happily surprised to see that and could not be more thankful for how respectful they were. The score: I know people are not happy with the score yesterday, but we actually played better than those think. If it were not for those turnovers, we would have had a score of 40+ points. Mentality: I think this goes hand in hand with the score. I could tell none of the players wanted to be there. During Tiger Walk, no one was pumped up, including Deshaun Davis and Tre Williams. On the sidelines no one was really talking. After a big play, no one was pumped up. Everyone also looked sluggish. I believe this was due to the 3:00 PM time slot, and the temperature/humidity. The fans were the same way. No one ever stood up, except when military personnel were recognized. Even when it was a one score game, I think our players knew we would win anyways, so they put in just enough effort to win. None of this is excusable, but my interpretations nonetheless. I do not expect this demeanor for Mississippi State. Gus Malzahn: Gus made a point this game to show everyone he was not interfering with Chip Lindsey. When we were on offense, he was always 20-30 yards from the line of scrimmage, and did not have his clipboard. He also had his mic flipped up for most of the game. And it showed. Our offense threw the ball like crazy. Stidham: Jarrett looked a lot calmer in this game. His vision was narrowed a few times, but he is becoming every game more and more the guy we knew he could be. That game was the second most efficient game in SEC history. Auburn did that. Wow. Sean White: I hate to see him spiraling out of control like this. I really liked him. I have a feeling this is lashing out over losing his starting job. I really hope he gets help because he is a talented quarterback. I will applaud Gus for dong the right thing. Like him or hate him, Gus really has come in and cleaned things up. He does not care how important you are to the team, if you break the rules you are gone. Defense: Man is it fun to watch a good Auburn defense. Our true freshmen played pretty well. I noticed we started playing third stringers/true freshmen on the third drive of the game. This can only help our depth. The only thing I would say, was I was hoping to see KJ Britt play in place of Dashaun Davis as I could see him limping on the sideline. We need him healthy for SEC play. I feel confident that from here on out under Steele we can "reload," not "rebuild." We need to pay our defensive staff whatever it takes to keep them. Around the country: Every other team is struggling it seems, with the exception of Clemson. Alabama showed it weaknesses, LSU's floodgates opened, etc. We are looking better and better with how we handled Clemson on their field. I would love play them again down the road when our offense is squared away. This forum: I have noticed lately that discussions on this forum have really escalated. Many from new posters on here, but some older posters too. Remember we are all on the same team. We all root for Auburn, and want to see those Oaks rolled. If someone disagrees with you, your first response does not need to attack their integrity and go on the offensive. That only makes them respond the same way. I am not perfect, but I try to set the example in how to respond to people who disagree with me. Disagreements are good. Maybe you see something I missed, and vice versa. We are in a unique position with everything going on. I believe in what 23 said in that we can really do something special down the stretch of our season. Defense is there, and our offense is making improvements. I know I am a noted pumper on here, and many may disagree, but it is just how I feel.
  6. 22 points
    Sorry, but this is a dumb article as far as it relates to Sean White. So it is Gus's fault that we signed a better QB than Sean White and it apparently is Gus's fault that Sean White has substance abuse issues.
  7. 22 points
    That was the issue, the scheme sucked and we didn't try or know how to adjust to it. Thats all on the coaching staff. The players were never put in a position to be successful. That is where the majority of frustation stems from.
  8. 21 points
    Game #1 Statistical Evaluation (Georgia Southern Game) Offensive Report Card 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: [8.85] pass 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: [37.5%] fail 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: [6.62] pass 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: [46.7%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: [20.0%] pass 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: [7.07 yds] fail 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: [100.0%] pass 08) TD red zone above 60%: [75.0%] pass 09) Avg at least 30-yards per possession: [35.7 yds] pass 10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [51.9%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: [1.7] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps: [15.8] pass 13) At least 8 impact plays: [10] pass 14) At least 2 big plays: [4] pass 15) Pass rating of at least 126.3: [134.8] pass Score: 13 of 15 (86.7%) Pass Defensive Report Card: 01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: [3.43] pass 02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs: [0.0%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush or less: [1.49] pass 04) Score 1/3 of possessions or below: [0.0%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%: [78.6%] pass 06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: [.88 yds] pass 07) Score below 75% inside red zone: [00.0%] pass 08) TD red zone below 60%: [00.0%] pass 09) Avg under 30-yards per possession: [5.6 yds] pass 10) Less than 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [0.0%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: [0 /1] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps: [56 snaps - 0 TD] pass 13) Less than 8 impact plays: [1] pass 14) No more than 2 big plays allowed: [0] pass 15) Pass rating below 125.0: [29.7] pass Score: 15 of 15 (100.0%) Pass Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): [42.0] pass 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): [0.0] pass 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): [6.0] fail 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): [15.0] pass 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): [29.0] pass 6) PAT’s (100%): [5 / 5] pass 7) FG Pct (75% or above): [50.0] fail Score: 5 of 7 (71.4%) Pass * 50% is a passing score. The Auburn defense played near perfect and if not for a costly defensive score allowed, should have been rewarded a shutout for the game. The last time Auburn held an opponent to under 80-yards in total offense was 1985 when the Tigers held Ole Miss to just nine total yards. The 78-yards surrendered to GSU was the 4th best defensive performance during the last 660 Auburn games. Take away the 25-yard run allowed during the game and the Auburn defense held the Eagles to 53-yards on their remaining 55 offensive snaps. Kevin Steele's defense played extremely well and was very disciplined throughout the entire contest despite massing substitution. The eleven "3 & out" series recorded by the Auburn defense was the most by an Auburn defense during the last 305 games. Other than out-manning the Georgia Southern defense, the Auburn offense had a very pedestrian outing tonight. The offensive game-plan was extremely vanilla and for the most part, looked no different than the offense we have witnessed for the past two seasons. It was once again, very predictable and not quarterback friendly. Of Auburn's 34 snaps on first down, only seven were "called" pass plays (20.6%). Jarrett Stidham was efficient against GSU but was placed in too many predictable situations. He attempted eight passes on third down compared to only five passes thrown on first down. Kerryon Johnson and Kam Martin both finished with 136-yards rushing each, but Johnson appeared to have left the game with a possible hamstring injury. If the defense can remain healthy, this could be an outstanding defense this season, but it is way too early to tell. Regardless of the level of competition, Auburn's defense played exceptionally well tonight, and you have to love the degree of intensity they played with considering the opponent. Auburn's offensive tackles will have to play much better next week, or it could be a long day for Jarrett Stidham. Better play-calling could also help the offensive line as well as placing Stidham in a better situation to have success. There will be questions this week, whether or not Chip Lindsey called all the plays tonight. From what we witnessed tonight, there were too many similarities to what we have seen on offense the past two seasons. They say the most improvement comes during the second week of the season and the offense certainly needs to improve to beat the defending national champions on the road next Saturday. Auburn averaged 8.85 yards per play on first down, but 3 of those first down snaps netted 155-yards. Auburn averaged only 4.7 yards per play on their remaining 31 first down plays. If this trend continues against Clemson, the Auburn defense will likely need to hold Clemson under 20 points again to secure a victory. The way the defense performed tonight, I would not be shocked to see the defense accomplish just that. War Eagle!
  9. 20 points
    Go ahead and move the game to Auburn. Safety for the players and fans, you know.
  10. 19 points
    The title of this thread basically says it all: I question the viability of a school and offense that outright relies so heavily on a QB's ability to be mobile as a primary weapon rather than as a safety blanket. Over the course of Auburn football, starting with the success of Cam Newton & continued success of Nick Marshall, I've started to see an acceptance of this thought pattern for the need to have a DT-QB as the CRUX of our attack. So much so, that we've taken to criticizing QBs that don't fit that mold for not being able to play in this system, rather than looking at the system itself and realizing it to be a broken one. I think it's time that we take a look at this offense and really begin to question whether this was the right path to continue down in the first place. This won't be a Coach Malzahn bashing thread either, simply a discussion of whether or not it's really worth having an offense that relies on the ability of the QB to be a runner as a primary threat. Now, make no mistake, I'm not saying that we don't go after athletic QBs that can hurt opponents with their feet & be mobile in lieu of towering artillery pocket passers. Quite the opposite, however, in making a DT runner at QB our first priority, we've done a couple of things which have led us to the current conundrum that we face on the team now: 1. Our recruiting rules out very competent QBs that can easily become EXTREMELY dangerous passers on the criteria of whether or not they're running threats. 2 Durability concerns become the forefront because we utilize the QB for such dangerous tasks. 3. Competent QBs (regardless of running ability) have stopped lining up to come to Auburn because they want to actually be prepped for the pro-game and learn + flourish in intricate pass schemes as well as put up tremendous passing numbers, something that just doesn't happen in an offense that HAS to have the QB to attack as a runner + spread the ball around on the ground a certain number of times in order to even be effective through the air. (Due to simplistic route design, offensive lineman selection etc) 4. The BEST WRs don't want to come to a school where they're not going to be able to show off their ability to be top-flight receiving options. This much is true in our offense, which places SO MUCH focus on not only the run but also running with MULTIPLE runners including a priority on the QB himself being a runner. It's simply "Not Sexy" to recruit for, and any recruit with a decent knowledge of what they really want to do in the NFL and with other options will run from it. 5. A lack of focus on fundamental skills like route running and blocking techniques gets left behind in lieu of simply "getting the job done" since the emphasis isn't on attacking opponents through traditional means. I.E. Dominating the line of scrimmage (because rather than focusing on man-blocking schemes, you just want to get downfield and in the way of potential defenders), getting open with crisp and time-intensive developing routes (because your QB isn't a pass first and will be coached to take off, why hammer home crisp route running with slower routes when the internal clock in your QB's head will cause him to pull the ball down before that route can even develop, also you need to be able to turn around and block a defender on a moment's notice.) , and finally, timing routes that take the ability to sit in the pocket and keep eyes downfield rather than avoiding defenders and scrambling (This one is self-explanatory.). Solution: It's time to buck the "Spread to Run" mentality. Plain and simple. We have some integral pieces to move to a more "Big-12" or Texas A&M style system and FLOURISH. This is no truer than against lumbering teams like Alabama. The dangerousness of our original style under Chizick-Malzahn was the newness of it. Much like Chris Ault's combination of the pistol and the ZR, no one had ever seen something like our Hybrid-Amorphous Wing T. That's no longer the case, and it's starting to become MORE and MORE apparent the more we continue to try to operate under this system. We need to move to a more Air-Raid/Mike Leach style system that utilizes big bodies on the outside and inside combined with a speedy slot and 3-4 wide sets. Now I'm not saying forgo the run altogether, however, let's remember that we can be a pass-first team with a strong running game and still dominate. Our ideal form of offense would be something similar to Texas A&M. Nimble pass-protecting offensive linemen in 2 point stances, (You don't need offensive linemen to get down the field so much if you spread defenders out to the point where they can't reach your running backs no matter how fast because of angles & blocking.) Finally, our pass catchers, in order to still have an advantage in the run game, as well as have an advantage matchup wise need to be LARGE. To an extent, we have decent sized pass catchers excluding Cannella, however, our guys would be about the ideal size for our H-Slot receiver. Finally, a pass catching TE with the ability to block in space would be necessary. He would work out of the Y slot, once again opening the box up creating an easier time in the run game with VERY LITTLE need to structure your team for the run. If the opponent wants to cram the box anyways, then due to the TE being in the slot, he hurts them in the 'quick game.' A good base personnel structure for this type of offense would be the Carolina Panthers: WR1/X - 6'4 - 6'5 Panther's Counterpart: Kelvin Benjamin Possible Fits: Tommy Bush, Justyn Ross, This is your workhorse for all of your tough to make catches. He has a big body, and will GLADLY go deep over the middle to make the tough contested catch. He is typically your mid to deep threat and a typical go to for your QB's bad decisions because of his ENORMOUS catch radius. Not many corners can out-physical him, and he runs pretty good routes. He isn't the best route runner on the team, but his routes are good enough in combination with his size and speed that he can reliably be 'open' even with defenders draped and trailing him. As a blocker, he is the BEST one on the edge to block. His size advantage means that he will consistently out-leverage defenders and not only move them out of the picture, but also dominate them. This is KEY to your run game as he will often be matched up by himself which means only one defender. If he secures his end, cutbacks will almost ALWAYS hit for a massive gain if the back is fast enough and blocking is good up front. WR2/Z - 6'2 - 6'4 Panther's Counterpart: Devin Funchess Possible Fits: Kyle Davis, Nate Craig-Myers, Marquis McClain, Seth Williams, Richard Jibunor etc This is your second WR and almost a clone of your first WR. He doesn't need to be as tall as WR1, however, he should still be a large and imposing figure on the outside that can also work inwards and run out of bunch sets. This guy will be a much more Jack-Of-All trades sort of guy than just a big play threat like your first WR. Granted because of size, all of your WRs will hold special skill in possession receiving, this guy, if any of them, would be your possession receiver. His route running should be excellent and can be a lot more crisp than WR1, but won't necessarily be better than your H's routes as that'll be the best one on the team. The ideal is to go for another large body option that can still mismatch with just about every corner they go up against in both run and pass. 6'2 WRs will work here because there is MUCH less of a chance of teams (Not named Kentucky) having 2 large starting corners which allow for the smaller WR to be used here unless you want to work him out in the slot and put a bigger guy here that can still run routes well. Run game philosophy is the exact same for WR2 as WR1, but he doesn't have to be AS GOOD of a blocker. WR3/H - 5'10 - 6'3 Panther's Counterpart: Curtis Samuel Possible Fits: Will Hastings, Darius Slayton, Kyle Davis, Eli Stove, Nate Craig-Myers, etc This guy is one of the most important guys in this offense. He is without a doubt your fastest and best route runner on the team. He doesn't need to be big, but points if you have an athletic freak who is big enough, yet still runs crispy routes. His catching must also be off the charts as he will be running routes in tandem with your Y/TE almost all of the time, which requires him to do a lot of picks, rubs, and Ins that focus on losing pursuing defenders in traffic. The humble jet sweep can also be an option with this guy just for a bit of throwback fun, but luckily enough, an RB can actually sub into this position and still be just as dangerous. Going deep with this man certainly will put stress on the defense, but it isn't a requirement for him to really be a deep ball threat. If you have a do-it all guy that can go up for the deep ball, just put him here in packages, but otherwise, the focus here should be catching in traffic and running routes. If you go the deep-ball route, having a larger guy here is recommended, but don't forget that your Y will also be running in the slot as well and will be a TE so don't feel required to do this. Blocking here is probably the least important, but as with all…. If you have a guy who can do it, then why not? WR4 (TE1)/Y - 6'3 - 6'6 Panther's Counterpart: Greg Olsen Possible Fits: Sal Cannella, Luke Ford, Michael Ezeike He's the model of player that this entire offense's philosophy was based off of, the cornerstone of everything you like to do offensively, and a problem matchup-wise. The receiving TE that can block and crack in space. He runs routes like a WR, but has the size and bulk of a TE. Do teams roll a safety down to cover him in man, or play up in order to disguise coverages, do they move the LB over into space a play him, or maybe they have to bring in an extra DB? The possibilities are endless with this guy, and because of his size, the aforementioned plan puts opponents at a disadvantage in the run game. My idea of this position would be Ricky Seals-Jones if he were playing TE (As I thought he should have been.) A lot of his routes will go on in the seams, but he will also work together with your SWR to provide another safety blanket for your QB while he tries to hit the big plays with WR1 & WR2 on the edges, which will be giving DBs all that they can handle. He can fearlessly go across the middle, catch high passes from behind hooking LBs and safely get you 1st downs almost on cue if the safety is playing off of him. This position is the true wildcard of the offense and there is simply no personnel answer for him, especially if the opposing team has already placed their bigger bodied CBs on the edges to deal with your twin towers. Half of the fun of having this guy is where to line him up at. Do you leave him in the slot the whole time like Jace Amaro in Texas Tech's offense, or Jimmy Graham, or do you sometimes get him one on one matchups in a Trio set with him to the nub? You tell me. There is no wrong answer with this guy. FB1 (TE2) - 6'3 - 6'4 Panther's Counterpart: Ed Dickson Possible Fits: Jalen Harris Need to bring in a FB? Don't bother with a true fullback when you can simply pull a blocking TE that can also still run routes. This position adds some goal-line versatility in that you basically can line up in packages that scream run, but still whisper pass. In the case of the Panthers, Ed Dickson embodies this. He is a solid blocking TE option, but still runs routes and catches the ball well without sacrificing size. Yes his time at Baltimore was littered with drops, but when he caught the ball, he caught the ball and ran with it. Also see his Oregon college film to know what I mean. By now, the opposing team HAS to place an LB on this guy, so you can easily motion him out from the backfield into a WR's place and suddenly, you're in passing mode while the defense is lined up in a run-heavy set. Checkmate. RB1 (Power) - 5'11 - 6'3 Panther's Counterpart: Jonathan Stewart Possible Fits: Kamryn Pettway (Leaving), Harold Joiner, Malik Miller, Jeremy Banks This is an essential position. You need a stronger back mainly because that's how you'll take advantage of having the defense having to resort to smaller packages to defend against your pass game. Larger stronger backs will have field days with this setup, but they can't be slow. This back still needs to have speed, just maybe a little wiggle isn't required. He must be able to break tackles at the first level and truck smaller 2nd level defenders and shrug off the larger ones. One of the greatest advantages that he will have is that some defenses will need to flatten out their safeties or LBs across the LOS to help in coverage in certain sets or be forced to go small in order to keep from being "honest" this basically gives him a much better chance of breaking a big run if he is fast enough. The intent is to have your RBs play by committee, but if you have a strong, agile, and versatile back who can catch passes, then you've got the holy grail because you've basically achieved PERFECT personnel balance. And will have NO trouble taking advantage of whatever the defense gives you. He can motion out to be a WR if need be, and in the case of Joiner & Banks, still have a height advantage on most linebackers. Although you can get around him not being great at protection if he can catch, he SHOULD be serviceable in protection. Many times, this will be your only guy to pick up blitzes, which is the weakness of this offensive system. If he can't protect, have him play outlet receiver, or he can't play this spot. He doesn't need to be a tremendous blocker because of all the options your QB will have to throw to on any given play. RB2 (Receiving/Slasher) - 5'9 - 6'3 Panther's Counterpart: Christian McCaffrey Possible Fits: Kerryon Johnson etc. If your power back can't catch or run routes to save his life, don't think this is the end of the world. This guy will simply pick up that workload for you. He should be on par with a receiver when it comes to catching, and be able to play in the H-slot depending on personnel groupings. Out of the backfield he should embarrass linebackers in man to man coverage and take them out to be ridiculed in front of town-square. This guy should be able to cut on a dime, since the run-game will be zone blocking 100%, he will often be looking for cutbacks unless he has some strength to muscle through tackles, so a bit of a more patient running style will be necessary. Keep in mind he will be running out of offset gun and pistol alignments so he can't be a straight up singleback formation runner. This is my ideal personnel for this new offensive system I believe we should be running. Of course, there are some tweaks and different modifications that can be made based on the names I've selected as possible fits, and these aren't too in depth, but the philosophy remains the same.
  11. 18 points
    If I were Gus I would annihilate every opponent in my way. No time to go vanilla.
  12. 17 points
    After watching most of their game last week vs Purdue .... some thoughts..... QB Drew Lock, talented and experienced as he is, seems to be a little out of sync with his receivers. I understand they had some critical drops in their first two games, and that may well have thrown off the rhythm of their passing game. Lock is experienced enough that he doesn't take many sacks, throwing the ball away when appropriate. Like all big-arm quarterbacks, though, he sometimes tries to force the ball into a window too small to fit. Can you spell I-N-T? Their top running back has struggled in the early season with an injury. Although he's played, he hasn't been nearly as effective as expected. Not sure when he's supposed to be fully healthy, but I can't think of any injury that "just gets better" when you're grinding on it every week. With the notable exception of DT Terry Beckner, Jr. (whom AU recruited hard out of high school), the DL has been disappointing to date. The Mizzou version of Tigers has been running a good bit of 3-3-5 defense, and that seems to have been the most effective alignment for them. They've also gone to a nickel and a dime alignment fairly often, but they've been most successful when they have three linebackers on the field. There has been quite a bit of searching in the secondary, both safeties and corners, for "the right combination." So far, the result has been inconsistency, as a half-dozen players are still contending for "starting" positions on the back end. The Mizzou punter is as good as I've seen in quite a while. I think he's averaging around 49 yards, but he has hit a 65-yarder and a 70-yarder in the last two games. A genuine field-flipper. I get the "sense" that a big part of Mizzou's struggles with their thought-to-be high-powered passing game can be attributed to their inability to establish a run game. If the AU defense continues their stellar play vs the run, those struggles should continue. Beckner lined up a few times as a zero-technique last week. In the event Darius James does not play, and Austin Golson is at right tackle, the matchup between Beckner and backup center Casey Dunn may be one to watch. From the little I've seen of Dunn, I believe he is up to the task. The "book" on Mizzou this year says the most effective place to run on their defense is outside the tackles. "If you can get 'em going sideways, you can make big plays". It will be interesting to see if Auburn's plan is to take the ball outside this week and work the perimeter run game, or if Malzahn insists on running the IZ over and over against a 3-3 box. Purdue averaged 4.1 yards on runs between the tackles, and 5.3 on runs outside. Not relative to the Mizzou game, but if AU can get the offense untracked this week, next week's Miss State game could be a great opportunity for AU to cash some chips. Mullen and Co. will have played consecutive games against LSU and UGA (on the road at that), and should have shown virtually all of their "best stuff". AU just needs to focus on continuing to improve this week, and good things can happen.
  13. 17 points
    Play calling was much better. Much better balance between run and passing game. Execution and substitution was pretty bad. Ball security was atrocious.
  14. 17 points
    The basis for much of the reaction we are now seeing is, that given the disappointing offensive production at the end of last season, we expected to see improvements to the offense to compliment this very good defense. When that didn't happen, especially in light of certain off season moves, we were understandably very disappointed, shocked, angered, all the above. But it does seem like Gus just refuses to let go and allow the OC to do his job. So, from a long time supporter, here is a suggestion for Gus on game day. Gus, get rid of the play sheet clipboard, maybe even lose the head-set, calm down on the sidelines and just be a head coach. Carrying around the play sheet just looks like you are hovering over the OC, which is what you are doing and it really doesn't help the situation. Allow the OC to do his job just like you have done with the DC. That would be a step in the right direction and it may help. But honestly Gus, when you start to lose a guy like me who has been a supporter from the very beginning, you really don't have much time. Let it go Gus and focus on the big picture. 9/12 edit: A 247 premium article early today confirmed the OP issues raised about the play calling/head-set comm./offense control. It adds (paraphrasing) multiple sources on the sidelines say Lindsey is more of Gus's conduit than an individual play caller. Auburn's New OC is the Old OC
  15. 17 points
    I can only attest that the plays I've seen over two games are NOT consistent with the plays I saw IN PERSON at practice this fall. We may be calling more pass plays, but the where are the quick slants, drag routes, quick bubbles RPOs that we all saw with our own eyes?! why does Gus have a sheet of plays and formations in his hands at all? want more proof? Watch the tv replay. Late 1st or early 2nd cut to Gus, see Gus mouth the words "trips right" then watch as we see Auburn run play that has...wait for it...trips right. All I can say is the original poster is a lot closer to the truth than we want to believe.
  16. 17 points
    This sums up how I feel this morning. With a cameo of Golf at the end
  17. 17 points
    Oh for the love man. Drop this crap already. No one is comparing to what saban is doing at uat. And what the heck are you talking about with expectations in year 2???? Gus is in year 5!!!! Chiz won the damn natty in year 2. We are wrong to want more than 8 wins in a season and not to get completely embarrassed by our rivals??? We are wrong to want a coherent game plan on offense? You act like we went to the title game last year. It was FOUR years ago and quite frankly the last huge win this guy had was the SEC Title game that year. My expectations are not to run off nattys like bama is doing but please explain why our program has gone nearly 30 years without back to back 10 win seasons? Please explain why a similar program like Clemson can reel off 6 straight 10 plus win seasons, two playoff appearances, two Orange Bowls and a natty against the mighty "unbeatable" Tide and we are supposed to dumb down our expectations??? WTH??? For the love of goodness find the guy who WANTS to go head to head with saban like Dye did with Bear. If you enjoy the Birmingham Bowl, the Outback Bowl and backing into a Sugar Bowl we didn't belong in and knew we would get thumped then enjoy. I would rather see more than that from our football program. We haven't had "crazy" success the last 7 years. We had 2 outlier years with a once in a lifetime QB in one and 2 miracles in the other. Between those we have been an average to below average football team.
  18. 17 points
    He wasn't criticized for his QB getting hurt. He was criticized for not having a viable backup. He isn't criticized for scoring 41 points. He's criticized for not using an opportunity to fine tune a new offense with a new OC, new QB and 2 new tackles. (Not to mention a bunch of young WRs who don't have much experience, you know, *receiving* at all.) All coaches get criticized for who they choose to start "and on and on" when their final records fall far short of expectations and they lose all their most important games in consecutive years. Come on, man. Gus owns a lot of losses the last couple years and no significant wins. He has failed repeatedly at a job that he gets paid the big bucks for (your words). His successes in between don't forgive that. That's not how multi-million dollar salaries work. He got paid the big bucks to try to make John Franklin a quarterback and to trot out that objectively asinine game plan against Clemson last year. You don't think the fans have a right to call his decision making into question after that? If the same people criticizing him continue to do so if and when this team strings together a few quality wins against quality opponents, then you can claim personal dislike all you want. Until then, it's much more rational *in my mind* to believe that we all want Auburn to succeed and we just don't like it when the guy in charge of making that happen fails. We'll see if they already got the fine tuning of the offense done in the offseason this Saturday. We'll see if we actually have an offense that Justin Fields or any other top tier QB who wants to toss the ball around a little bit would want to play in. If it looks good, people will rightly start praising Gus for hiring the right guy and letting him do his job. If it doesn't, then people will rightly criticize him even more, because he will have failed again. In neither case will their assessment be based on how much they like or dislike him.
  19. 17 points
  20. 16 points
    Lost me at knowledgeable bammer. Grammatical faux pas to use both words in same sentence.
  21. 16 points
    As frustrated as Auburn fans have become with Gus Malzahn over the past few seasons, we should separate the issues Auburn currently has now to those that have been constant issues from 2014-2016. In all fairness to the coaching staff in 2017: 1) Auburn has installed a new passing game into the offense, and they are still working through the kinks of this adjustment. This is SEPARATE from the passing issues Auburn has experienced in the past. Regardless of the status of the pass-offense before 2017, Auburn would still be working through the adjustments they are experiencing now. New passing schemes and starting a quarterback who hasn't played in almost two years has made it a slow start. Bottom line, passing issues in 2017 have nothing to do with passing issues Auburn had prior to this season. 2) The change to more zone blocking this season has been the greatest issue on offense this season. Changing to zone blocking and to be effective at it, takes some time for everyone involved to adjust. Added to this issue is two new starters in the lineup having to learn the new blocking concepts as well as gaining experience on the field as a regular. Zone blocking schemes also effect how the RB's play within zone blocking concepts. Kamryn Pettway and company now have to wait for running lanes to open up, whereas, in the past, there was a designated hole to run through based on "man" concepts. Again, this is another phase the offense must work through this season, which has nothing to do with how the offense performed from late 2014 to the conclusion of 2016. Even if the offense were hitting on all eight cylinders prior to 2017, Auburn would still be working through the OL adjustments made for 2017. There are certainly offensive issues needed to be addressed this season, which has carried over from 2016. To the staff's credit, they have addressed the running on 1st down 80% of the time this season. Auburn is no longer as predictable on 1st down as they once were. The continuing issues from past seasons are the use of personnel or the lack of. Auburn has players capable of making plays, but Gus Malzahn has been stubborn about putting them on the field for meaningful snaps, which is primarily the RB position. The use of the other RB's on the roster would require schematic changes on how Auburn runs the football. This would limit the constant inside plays Auburn has become dependant upon when utilizing Kamryn Pettway. On the other hand, the regular rotation of 6-8 WR's every game has been too much, IMO. I think this should be cut down to 4-5 so that Jarrett Stidham can build a relationship and trust with his "primary" receivers. It would be nice for Coach Malzahn to revisit his playbook from 2009 when Auburn utilized motion and shifts prior to the snap. Some of the plays dialed up that season often created space for playmakers to make plays. Dusting off some of those plays from eight years ago could easily be installed. If the passing adjustments and OL issues can be fixed, I believe we will see this offense looking like a more well-oiled machine. How the coaching staff elects to play their RB's and WR's moving forward remains to be seen. This is not to give Malzahn a pass for previous failures and struggles. I don't think he survives another 5-loss season and his past efforts will certainly come back to haunt him should it happen (another 5-loss season). My point is that the current offensive woes are not a carry over from 2016. Some of the current issues are typical growing pains when changes and adjustments are made to the design of the offense. The offense could take another step in progressing on the road in conference play against Missouri. No doubt the offense has stumbled coming off the line but nothing is written in stone, they cannot improve as the season progresses. If you have written off Gus Malzahn, you still have to wait for season's end for a possible change to be made. If anything, the players have an opportunity to improve and for the offense to contribute to a good season. I vote to support the players and hope they make the best of their opportunity to do so. The 1994 and 2002 Auburn offenses struggled early but improved as the season wore on. Here is to beating Missouri tonight and to building confidence moving forward! Auburn 27 Missouri 10 War Eagle!
  22. 16 points
    My question is how many crybaby fans can one program possibly have. How ridiculous do you think you sound bashing a coach and wanting him fired after two games of a season with 10 to go? If he goes " Chizik 2012" it will happen the morning after the iron bowl. But he might go 2013 all over again. Drink a beer or twelve, hope for the best and live with what happens. But for gods sake quit whining. It's more embarrassing to me than the offense vs Clemson.
  23. 16 points
    From the father of a current player, the players are really excited about the hire.
  24. 15 points
    It can't be stated enough that: Lack of playing time + New Position (One that it's clear he probably didn't want to play.) + New DC in a different defensive scheme. (People will say it's the same, but it's really not. Especially with minor things like alignments and whatnot that are big on the DL) + Personal Family Issues = Transfer.... ------------------------------------------ No player should get roasted or criticized for a decision to transfer, because for many who have never played in college, it's hard to fathom that FINITE period of eligibility and how quickly it goes. Especially when you're banking a LARGE chunk of your future on your sport. For a kid who is raised by his mom, probably in less than ideal circumstances, the dream is to one day be able to make that money and buy your mom a nice car, put her in a house, etc.... Student Athletes want to compete and be successful more than they care about the school they're going to. I know this is hard for many fans to understand, but it's the truth. College Athletes have a mercenary mentality as is needed. Yes, it's possible to enjoy and love your school, but love for school will NEVER override opportunity for personal success except for in rare circumstances. Different players develop under different tutelages... I know Coach Garner (He was one of the main coaches who was pushing hard to get me on the team when I first showed up in the field house the whole time. And still talked to me long after my eligibility ran dry.), he's a great coach, but just because Cowart didn't develop under him, doesn't mean he won't develop under another coaching style and system. Also, he wanted and STILL wants to play edge, not DT.... That's a BIG part of it.
  25. 15 points
    Coaches can't babysit these kids 24/7. Sorry but you're an idiot if you try to blame this on the coaches.
  26. 15 points
    I have never thought it was all about a certain win total. Face it, much of your record is dependent on who you are playing and, in my opinion, we play one of the toughest schedules in America year in and year out. What I expect to see is a well coached and well prepared team. Looking back, the culture of our defense was terrible 3 years ago. Our offense went over to Tuscaloosa and set all sorts of records on a Nick Saban defense but our defense was so horrible they couldn't get a single stop and we lost the game. So Gus brings in Boom the next year and the whole culture of the defense was changed. Then he brings in Steele when Boom gets the HC job and our defense is now championship level. At the same time the offense regressed to be the worst we have seen since the Nallsminger fiasco. This was mostly blamed on Gus meddling in the play calling. The supposed offensive genius was now an idiot. The DC's in the SEC had figured him out. QB development was non-existent. The 20016 offense was rolling till Sean was hurt but it went totally in the toilet when he went out because the backup plan was a joke. Great defensive efforts against GA and Bammer were wasted because of the inept offense. So out goes Lashlee and in comes Lindsey with the new QB recruit who throws the beautiful passes. But the thing is the culture of the rest of the offense hasn't changed. The OL is the worst we have seen in years despite having a bunch of guys with a lot of experience and depth most coaches would kill for. Not only could they not block Clemson they couldn't even push GA Southern and Mercer around. The WR corps is horrible despite having the top ranked recruiting class two years ago that should be coming into its own right now. A 165 lb walk on is the best receiver we have. The coaching for those two groups is unbelievably bad for a supposed top level SEC team. When most HC's bring in a new OC they allow him to choose the position coaches, but not Gus. He brought in Lindsey but dictated the position coaches and thereby missed the opportunity to change the culture. It is very likely going to get him booted at the end of this season unless there are some dramatic changes in attitude in the OL and WR groups. The OL looks soft and WR group just appears to be lackadaisical in running their routes and catching and hanging on to the ball. IMHO they need to be back at practice with all positions in those two groups opened back up and going against the #1 defense every day till they find out who wants to play. Of course, you run the risk of injury when you do that but I would much rather see guys hurt during the week than see lack of effort on Saturday. As Bear used to say a lesser talented player giving 100% on every play will beat a more talented player giving 80% every time and if someone was going to quit on him he wanted them quitting during the week not quitting on Saturday. I still believe Gus can pull this out but he is going to have to get mean to do it. He and his assistants on offense are going to have to change their attitude if they are going to change the attitude of those two critical position groups. A real coach would have been all over those guys after what we saw Saturday yet he comes out with the same old tired excuses we have seen the past 4 years. He needs to take some lessons from Saban. Go on a rant. Get in guys faces when they start wallowing around instead of playing like we expect. Put some of those guys with all the talent who are out there just going through the motions on the bench and bring in some guys who are going to give 100% every play. That is what I want to see, a fired up and well prepared bunch of guys on offense to match the fired up and well prepared bunch of guys on the defense.
  27. 15 points
    @corchjay, if we are 9-3 with losses to Clemson, UGA, and Bama, do you keep him? To me, the issue is not being prepared for games, poor separation of coaching responsibilities, and most importanty, the inability to evolve year in and year out and the inability to adjust real time during games. I believe, with the talent that has been assembled, we should be in each game with a chance at the end. So far it doesn't feel like we have been put in positions to win.
  28. 15 points
    I don't expect us to lose again until the Iron Bowl. The iron bowl will decide the west. Our defense is that good and our offense will improve. LSU will be our biggest test and I don't see anyway Etling can beat us. We will get the OL fixed. Despite how bad we played if we score on the 1st drive we win the game. IF we go up 7-0 and have momentum then we would have scored again after they turned the ball over. Our defense is very very good, and despite what we saw Saturday our offense is not near that bad. Gus took the reigns on offense, but I don't expect him to do this again. Now you can say he has done it since 2015 but that was with RL. Very bad loss and offensive performance I know this. Like I said though I don't expect us to lose again until the Iron Bowl which will be a toss up.
  29. 15 points
    That actually reminded me a good bit of our 2015 game against WVU. We were outmatched on the DL, and Werts did what he could but he needed to play way more aggressive. You can easily tell he's still not comfortable in our offense yet and the amount of time it took him to make decisions doomed him in the backfield. I expect him to have a huge week next week since our OL can buy him more time to make decisions with the ball. Kudos to you guys for the win. My only concern for you moving forward is your passing game. Our secondary is actually pretty good but most plays Stidham had all day to throw. He won't have nearly that much time against Clemson so he's going to have to find ways to get rid of the ball quicker. Good luck next week!
  30. 15 points
    I am wondering if they ran Gus' O tonight to limit the preparation for Clemson.
  31. 14 points
    WAR DAMN KEVIN STEELE!!!! I was so so SOOO very wrong about you. I was not impressed with the hire and was down on it. So glad you have shut me and a lot of other people up and are playing some of the best defense since the middle of the Tubs era.
  32. 14 points
    I'm not sure why we continued to run IZ against their alignment, they were giving us the edge all night. However, we rarely called designated outside runs except the jet sweeps. If we had called a buck sweep with KMart, he would've scored almost every time. KMart needs to consistently be a part of this offense. I agree that we should've worked on our RZ game. Wildcat is not the answer against MSU, LSU, UGA, or UA. Fades, rubs, China, slant, digs need to be a part of our RZ arsenal Our passing was better, but routes were still long developing and would've been exposed against a pass rush. Our tree still seems limited to post, and deep outs. I'm not confident in us being able to get 5 yards on 3rd and 4 passing the ball like Clemson does with Renfrow.
  33. 14 points
    Game #3 Statistical Evaluation (Mercer Game) Offensive Report Card 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: [7.23] pass 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: [70.6%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: [3.39] fail 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: [33.3%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: [8.3%] pass 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: [9.84 yds] pass 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: [66.6%] fail 08) TD red zone above 60%: [50.0%] fail 09) Avg at least 30-yards per possession: [42.5 yds] pass 10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [40.0%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: [3/4] fail 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps: [26.7] fail 13) At least 8 impact plays: [10] pass 14) At least 2 big plays: [2] pass 15) Pass rating of at least 126.3: [163.7] pass *Minus 1 point due to four offensive turnovers Score: 9 of 15 (60.0%) Pass Defensive Report Card: 01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: [2.30] pass 02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs: [33.3%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush or less: [2.86] pass 04) Score 1/3 of possessions or below: [15.4%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%: [46.2%%] pass 06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: [4.56 yds] pass 07) Score below 75% inside red zone: [100.0%] fail 08) TD red zone below 60%: [50.0%] pass 09) Avg under 30-yards per possession: [18.9 yds] pass 10) Less than 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [22.4%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: [1 /0] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps: [67.0] pass 13) Less than 8 impact plays: [2] pass 14) No more than 2 big plays allowed: [0] pass 15) Pass rating below 125.0: [100.8] pass Score: 14 of 15 (93.3%) Pass Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): [36.5] fail 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): [0.0] pass 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): [9.4] fail 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): [0.0] pass 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): [8.0] fail 6) PAT’s (100%): [3 / 3] pass 7) FG Pct (75% or above): [50.0%] fail Score: 3 of 7 (42.9%) Fail * 50% is a passing score. The Auburn offensive line continued to struggle, failing to overpower an FCS defensive front. Though Auburn threw the ball 48.6 percent of the time on first down, the Tigers failed to show any motion or shifts until midway in the final period. Take away Kamryn Pettway's long gain of 22-yards, and he averaged 3.2 yards per carry on his remaining 33 attempts. Saturday was a prime opportunity to allow other running backs to gain valuable playing time but Pettway was tasked to carry every snap from the running back position. Turnovers killed the offense, wasting 25 snaps that resulted in 174-yards. Three of the offensive miscues occurred inside the Mercer 30-yard line, thwarting three potential scoring drives. Jarrett Stidham played his best game of the season, establishing a new school record. Stidham completed 86.5 percent of his 37 attempts, setting the record for the highest completion percentage with at least 35 pass attempts during a game. The defense had a few missed assignments during the game but played well for the most part. Once again Kevin Steele was able to substitute a high number of players, which will continue to improve Auburn's depth. There was a notable drop off up front with Marlon Davidson out of the lineup. Eight different Tigers were involved in a tackle for loss, and nine different defensive linemen were involved in at least one tackle. As well as the defense has performed through three games, the lack of forced turnovers continues to be a concern. Auburn is currently averaging a forced-turnover every 63.3 snaps defended, the worst ratio by an Auburn defense the last 35 seasons. The defense has allowed only 3.2 yards per play on first down, the best average allowed since 1992. The Tigers are forcing a "3 & out" during 55.3 percent of the possessions defended, the best percentage during the last 25 years. Special teams finished with a failing grade, for the first time since playing Wisconsin during the 2014 season. Through three games, the defense has carried the team, recording an impressive 91.1 percent for the season. Special teams are second at 60.0 percent, and the offense is currently 51.1 percent. Auburn has faced 26 FCS schools from 1992-2017 and the 24 points scored was the second-fewest points scored during the 26 games. Efficiency wise, Auburn's performance against Mercer was the 14th best against an FCS program. The turnovers and lack of scoring dropped their efficiency rating. Regarding yards per play, Auburn's performance was 17th best during the last 26 FCS games. Auburn's 3.4 yards per rush was the 24th best rushing average during the last 26 FCS games. War Eagle!
  34. 14 points
    I can only assume by the number of posts that you are not familiar with who is in charge and what the standard operating procedure is. And if I tried to explain it to you I am absolutely certain you wouldn't believe it. Worst business model ever, put a former offensive lineman who raised a bunch of money once upon a time in charge of a $150,000,000 company when he's not fit to run the local 7 eleven. Absolutely ********* crazy, and here we are just like last year, and the year before.....
  35. 14 points
    After Gus told him what to call. This is not a Chip Lindsey Offense. Sorry, I don't believe it.
  36. 14 points
    If I was the coach I'd have my entire starting lineup walking out in front of the media in some kind of boot, sling, or cast every week. I'd also train them to say "no comment" like it's the only words they know.
  37. 14 points
    On another note, both Gus and Chip use headsets, but Chip was DEFINITELY calling plays. After the near turnover, int and fumble/td, Gus strongly encouraged Chip to call safe running plays. I suspect that the playbook will open quite a bit this week and resemble more like the A day game. What I saw was a nice mix of traditional Gus run plays (like them or not they were successful) and some improved passing plays (tho limited). where I disagree strongly with Gus is that I think when we are playing teams like Ga Southern is the perfect time to work on the things that we aren't good at...throw the ball around. Give Clemson or anyone else MORE to think about. But Gus thinks that showing his hand may increase the opponents preparation.
  38. 14 points
    One of my favorites. I Am Auburn I am the 30-year old couple coming back to campus for the first time with both little ones in tow. One wears her first blue and orange cheerleader outfit; the other wears #34 even though he is too young to understand why. I am the 50-year old man who hoped no one saw tears in his eyes when the eagle circled the field. I was too choked even to say 'War Eagle'. For a moment, I felt foolish and then I didn't care. God, I love this place. I am the 60 year old woman meeting her freshman granddaughter who is now the 3rd generation of AU students in our family. Despite my age, I'd strap it on Saturday and hit someone if it weren't for my gender and this blasted arthritis. I am Auburn and I have always believed I was different. You can see it when you look up into the stands. My orange is not the same as Tennessee’s and my blue is not that of Florida. But the differences go much deeper than my colors. Read my creed. What other school has one? I genuinely believe in these things. To be a real Auburn man or woman speaks of character, not of geography. All are welcome to walk though my gates, not just the wealthy or the elite. Georgia and Alabama may have their nations, but we have always been family. Make no mistake, we loathe defeat, but even in defeat, we would rather be an Auburn Tiger than anything else. We are family and you are the sons of Heisman, the sons of Jordan and Dye. You come from a long line of brothers whose names include Burkett, Sidle, Owens, Sullivan, Beasley, Jackson and Rocker. It is a great heritage. So this Saturday, when the warm ups are over and the prayers and amen spoken, when you hear my thunder growing in the stands above you, when you stand in the tunnel and the smoke begins to form, listen for my voice when you run onto my field. Behind the frenzy of the shakers and deafening roar, I will tell you something in a whisper you may miss. I will be telling you that you are my sons and I am proud of you for the way you wear the burnt orange and navy blue. I am telling you that you are my sons and I love you. Auburn is so much more than a city or a school or a team or a degree. It is something that, once you have experienced it, will live inside of you forever and become a part of what makes up who you are... It is driving into town on a game day. You may have come from hundreds of miles away and as you get closer and closer to the city limits, you feel it rising inside of you. Other cars on the highway proudly display their orange and blue flags, magnets or car tags, and you honk and wave at them, because, for that one day, you are all on the same team. It is the smell in the air and the ritualistic act of tailgating...catching up with old friends, making new ones, and invitations from perfect strangers to try their ribs or watch their satellite TV showing all of the day's important match-ups...of course, all being secondary to the one that will occur in the great cathedral of Jordan-Hare later that day. It is the Tiger Walk...where you might just see 300 pound men overcome with emotion and weeping with pride because you have come there to cheer them on. As they walk by, you might exchange a glance with one or two of them and you can see it in their is going to be their day. It is the students...dressed in their best, because going to an Auburn game is like going to church for Auburn show the same respect as you would if you were in God's house. Those students remind you of the days when you were walking in their shoes and Auburn was your home...but then you realize, in many ways, it is still and always will be HOME. It is that lump that rises in your throat when the band plays the Alma Mater as the eagle is soaring over your head during pregame. It is walking around on a "foreign" and sometimes hostile campus. You are easily identified (Auburn people always are) and the enemy jeers and shouts things at you to mask their feelings of intimidation. But just then, you happen upon a friend you have never met before. You know they are your friend by the colors they wear or the shaker in their hand. You exchange a "War Eagle" and a confident grin because he/she knows what you know. It is when your heart leaps with every touchdown, field goal, sack, and interception...because those are our boys. And win or lose, they will always have our undying support. After all, it is those boys that you are really there for, and not a coach or a logo or a trustee or a president. It is the complete and utter exhilaration of walking away victorious over a worthy opponent...that feeling of pride and accomplishment as if it were your own feet that had crossed the goal line scoring the last points yourself...that feeling of wanting to scream War Eagle" at the top of your lungs and hug complete strangers...and then there is the ultimate high of defeating your most hated foes from across the state. No words can describe what this feels like, but you know because you have experienced it. It is the sheer agony of defeat as the last minutes tick off the clock and you realize that all hope of a victory is gone. You feel like crying and maybe you do...then you hear the faint sounds of a cheer that grows louder and louder...."ITS GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER." It is knowing that year after year, no matter how things change in our hectic lives, you can always come back to "the Loveliest Village on the Plains"...the place where you came from...your home. It will probably look a little different and there will be new names on the backs of the jerseys, but deep down, no matter what, it is still the same.You still love it as much as you always have because Auburn is as much a part of you as your arms, legs and the orange and blue blood that runs through your veins. And, finally, it is the feeling you have right now as you read these lines....the anticipation inside of you because you know it's almost time....It's about to start all over again...but then it really never goes away, does it? -- Robert L. Gillette, DVM, MSE
  39. 13 points
    Just because he's not on the team anymore doesn't mean you get to slander BC's name. He says he has no ill will to our staff and would still choose us over UF. Stop talking down on a kid for doing what he thought was right for he and his mom. Makes the fanbase look bad.
  40. 13 points
    I'm never, ever this guy to call out the order of things on here but why is it that Woody gets his own thread in the AU football forum but threads on former AU greats that are doing things in the NFL etc gets placed in non-AU sports? This is even more "non-AU Sport" than those other threads. FIGHT ME, MODS! I'VE PREPARED MY WHOLE LIFE FOR THIS!
  41. 12 points
    Game #4 Statistical Evaluation (Missouri Game) Offensive Report Card 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: [9.72] pass 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: [46.7%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: [4.96] pass 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: [64.3%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: [0.0%] pass 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: [10.4 yds] pass 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: [100.0%] pass 08) TD red zone above 60%: [100.0%] pass 09) Avg at least 30-yards per possession: [34.4 yds] pass 10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [60.8%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: [6/0] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps: [12.3] pass 13) At least 8 impact plays: [6] fail 14) At least 2 big plays: [5] pass 15) Pass rating of at least 126.3: [179.5] pass Score: 14 of 15 (93.3%) Pass Defensive Report Card: 01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: [5.03] pass 02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs: [30.8%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush or less: [4.00] pass 04) Score 1/3 of possessions or below: [15.4%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%: [30.8%] fail 06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: [5.54 yds] pass 07) Score below 75% inside red zone: [100.0%] fail 08) TD red zone below 60%: [100.0%] fail 09) Avg under 30-yards per possession: [26.1 yds] pass 10) Less than 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [18.6%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: [2/3] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps: [35.0] pass 13) Less than 8 impact plays: [6] pass 14) No more than 2 big plays allowed: [0] pass 15) Pass rating below 125.0: [117.3] pass Score: 12 of 15 (80.0%) Pass Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): [39.3] fail 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): [0.0] pass 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): [1.0] fail 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): [21.0] pass 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): [21.0] fail 6) PAT’s (100%): [6 / 6] pass 7) FG Pct (75% or above): [100.0%] pass Score: 4 of 7 (57.1%) Pass * 50% is a passing score. It was a night of big plays for the Auburn offense with five snaps of 74 accounting for half of Auburn's total yardage. Without the big plays, Auburn averaged 3.5 yards per offensive snap on their remaining 69 offensive snaps. Jarrett Stidham came into the game, completing only 1 of 10 passes thrown beyond 20-yards of the line of scrimmage. He was 3 of 4 throwing deep against the Missouri defense. Auburn primarily threw short and took an occasional deep shot with Stidham on the field. Of his 17 pass attempts, seven were within 5-yards of the line of scrimmage, leaving only three attempts in the intermediate range. Auburn did not attack the perimeter much in the running game, but when they did, it accounted for 43 percent of Auburn's 263-yards on the ground. The starting defense played well, allowing only one scoring drive and 179-yards during nine possessions defended. The starting defense forced two turnovers and had four "3 & out" series before they gave way to the backups. Nearly half the yardage allowed to Mizzu came with Auburn's starting defense sitting on the bench. Auburn finished with six tackles for loss, while the Auburn offense gave up only three for the night. The first-team defense allowed 19.9 yards per possession, while the reserves allowed 38.7 yards. Auburn's starters on defense allowed 2.4 yards per play on first down, and the reserves surrendered 9.2 yards per snap. Last season through four games, the Auburn defense allowed 12 plays of 30-yards or more. This season through 4 games, the Tigers have allowed only one such play, No. 1 in the country. Auburn had another opportunity to play their reserves tonight, especially on the offensive side of the football. Malik Willis played for the first time this season, and we witnessed some of the athletic skills the coaches have spoken of in practice. He clearly possesses great lateral movement but needs to adjust to the collegiate game. Those type of moves on one given play will not work as it did in high school. He attempted five passes tonight but what would have been his first collegiate touchdown pass was called back on a penalty. Leading 51-7 late in the game, Gus Malzahn was likely reluctant in throwing vertically downfield. Considering how the coaching staff played JFIII last season, Willis was fortunate to receive the reps he did in the passing game. It will be interesting to see if Willis will be utilized inside the red zone and short-yardage situations somewhere later this season. It was a much-needed victory and enough big plays for the Auburn offense to gain some confidence moving forward. This was a bad Missouri team, a shell of the last Mizzu team Auburn faced four years ago. Regardless of the level of competition, the team performed better on the road against a better opponent (Mercer) than they faced at home last Saturday. Auburn was never going to repair everything in one week, but a 37-point victory on the road was a good start. Looking back at the last 40-years of Auburn football, tonight's road victory was the third highest margin of victory over a SEC team on the road with a win percentage under 40 percent. The previous bests were 1978 Vanderbilt (49-7) and 2003 Vanderbilt (45-7). The team was better prepared to compete tonight than last week and the players executed much better as well. War Eagle!
  42. 12 points
  43. 12 points
    Sean has ruined his arm/shoulder giving it everything he had for Auburn last year, to not have his back is mind numbingly stupid to me.
  44. 12 points
    A good number of our members are rightfully unhappy with our teams performance last week against Clemson. Many have picked a side regarding coaches, players, and Athletic Department, which is perfectly normal given the outcome of the game. This is a discussion board and tempers sometimes flare, but that is no excuse to lose our civility with each other. If you feel the need to challenge someone, please do so respectfully. Deriding fellow members for their position/opinion/knowledge is purely mental masturbation and serves no purpose. Please be mindful that civility is expected here, just a friendly reminder to everyone, the board rules:
  45. 12 points
    Well it's still a nasty taste in my mouth but I plan on doing these each week regardless of the outcome. 1. Jarrett Stidham can take a hit, or two, or three, or four, or... Anyways, it was nice to see him avoiding too many huge clean hits. I think after the botched intentional grounding call he became gun shy of throwing it out of bounds but overall he was smart with the ball. Regardless of your opinion on this kid, he fought insanely hard for this team tonight. 2. Nate Craig-Myers lives! This kid is a talented pass catcher who came up big for us a few times tonight. I'll couple this with the good play by Kyle Davis who was mobbed all night by a PI happy defense. We need more receivers getting open but when the ball finally got to them they showed out! 3. Jeff Holland is a star in the darkness. His draft stock should be exploding and it's great to see after all this time. Love getting chippy with their QB. I'm willing to bet he had a concussion and Clemson ignored protocol. But Jeff blew up numerous plays. 4. Daniel Carlson. While he wasn't asked to make any huge field goals he got us our only points and kept kicking it to the back of the end zone. That's a huge accomplishment when our punt team proved to be useless with field position. 5. We have a much more realistic understanding of what our team is this year. Outstanding defense that's even more improved. Dysfunctional offense with a ridiculous amount of potential. Still in need of a punter and an amazing place kicker. The rest of the season should be much less stressful. 6. Injury free. We didn't add to our injury total which is fantastic. KP was too banged up to be playing and it's completely baffling why we didn't put any other running backs in the game. However, to walk away from such a physical game against the #3 team without losing a player is nice. 7. The defense as a whole. It is unspeakable that a defense, that typically started on the 50 YARD LINE, would hold the #3 team to 14 points. Physically imposing and impressive. Fought through some serious holds to essentially shut down a dynamic offense. 8. Linebackers. Alright, I'm cheating here a bit but it's been years since the linebackers weren't getting lambasted in the game threads. These guys go almost unnoticed. Which is a huge positive. 9. We have a few weeks to get tuned up. Our next 3 games should allow us to grow an extraordinary amount as a team. Ole Miss and Mizzou look terrible and we should be able to hit a stride. 10. We're still Auburn fans. We don't have copied and forced traditions. Our fans typically have a college degree and we have one of the most beautiful cities in the world. War Eagle, life will continue to move forward and we will be great again.
  46. 12 points
    This is slightly off topic, but I was hoping y'all wouldn't mind. My brother, Jake, is an 18 year old senior at Vestavia Hills High School. He is on the football team, and he also happens to have Down Syndrome. 2 weeks ago, I posted a video to my twitter of Jake scoring a TD in the VHHS/Briarwood preseason game and it went unexpectedly viral. It was crazy! It was on ESPN, and was quote tweeted by Kirk Herbstreit, Larry Fitzgerald, Brian Billick, among others! Here is the full video: Jake is a HUGE college football fan, and likes Auburn, Bama, and Clemson (in that order.) Dabo and Clemson heard about my brother and INVITED HIM TO THE GAME AS A "RECRUIT." Jake got to meet the players, tour the facilities, and hang out on the sidelines. He even had this personal exchange with Dabo: Jake plans on applying to Clemson Life, which is a special college program for students with intellectual disabilities. According to the rumor mill, Auburn has a similar program in the works! I am an Auburn girl through and through, but I can no longer hate on Dabo or Clemson. If we were gonna lose, I'm glad it was to such a class act. I am one proud sister and I just wanted to share the story with some of my AU family. My twitter handle is amy_lissa if you guys wanna see more on Jake! Thanks for reading and WAR EAGLE!!!
  47. 12 points
    Whew. Just arrived back home after the 8-hour drive. It was an amazing weekend on the Plains for my family...our first Auburn home game, and my boys loved every minute of it. A few of my observatons: 1: Stidham certainly looked as though he hadn't played in 19 months during the first half. Did NOT look comfortable in the pocket (a lot of happy feet instances) and hesitated too often. Much better in the 2nd half as he confidently moved when flushed instead of trying to dance away from coverage. And that TD pass to put AU up 41-7 was a beauty... only one person had a chance to catch it. One thing's for sure, he cannot hold that ball for 4-5 seconds in the pocket against Clemson or our SEC foes. 2. Kerryon -- why oh why so many Wildcat formations? I get it, you want to get the ball into the hands of your best playmakers, but I cringed at the multitude of WFs early on. 3. Defense -- Yes, the D is always going to be ahead of the offense during Week #1, but good grief that was a swarm on the field last night. At one point early in the 2nd half I believe GSU had 4 straight negative plays, and their rushing yardgage had dropped from 42 to 13 yrds. Impressive isn't even the word. Pure coincidence, but GSU plays up here in Bloomington in the next week or two against IU. Will be very interesting to see how the Hoosier's defense can fare trying to contain this triple option. 4. Misc -- Not game related, but we dropped way too much cash at Tiger Rags and J&M, had a GREAT lunch at Momma Goldberg's on Donahue, tried like hell to see some of the Tiger Walk, and the kids even got to try to roll the Oaks after the game. 5. AU Family -- We've been Auburn fans since 1992 (both my wife and I are Indiana grads, but both had good friends attend AU while we were in school) and have had many interactions with the Tiger faithful. Most recently catching the Auburn-UK game in Lexington in 2015 and the A-Day game in 2016. And we've been to campus many, many times on non-football weekends. But this weekend was absolutely perfect, on so many levels. The weather, the atmosphere, the game ... and of course, the people. Never have we had a negative experience in or around Auburn and once again it was a joy to be around THE best football fanbase in the country. We are already looking forward to our next trip down, and do hope to make it an annual event for the family from here on.
  48. 12 points
    I will be watching all the games on the big screen this Sat. That is 9'x16'. #kingkongsize #gobigorgohome
  49. 12 points
    I never agree with you on anything, and I usually just ignore your inane ranting, but until you sit down and talk with the people who run compliance for Auburn, and hear what they care about and how sincere they are about doing the right thing, like I have, you should probable keep quiet on the subject.
  50. 11 points
    Stop melting please. Look I am not happy about the score yesterday at all or the turnovers. There is some facts some people are ignoring. We ran Chip offense and executed very well except for turnovers. Stidham threw for 370 when was last time we had a qb throw for that many yards? I really don't know. If we don't turn ball overy we score 5p plus and win by 30 plus. Kam Pettway shouldn't have been used that much but he is a back who the more he gets hit the better he gets. Last year he took all the beating in spring and fall camp this year he has hardly been hit except for in games. We have the best defense in the his the SEC. We need to find a 3rd back but I expect Kerryon back by Mississippi state. Any doubters to just how good Clemson defense and offense is did you watch the game last night Clemson is the best team in the country rn. We shut their offense down basically except for a few 50/50 balls they got. Their defense shut the reigning heisman winner down until 4th quarter when they were up big and basically playing soft defensively. Undefeated until Iron Bowl.