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  1. 68 points
    So today was basically the best day of my life. I was able to go on a VIP tour of Mercedes Benz stadium, go to both team locker rooms, go to the media viewing windows for both Auburn and Georgia, and see all the behind the scenes production stuff! We also got to meet Marcus Spears, Steve Shaw, and the president of the Atlanta Falcons. All thanks to my awesome brother, Jake. Anyway, I thought I could come share what I saw. Kerryon came over and got Jake from the sideline to come out on the field with him. He took pictures and talked with Jake for a good 5 minutes. He was walking around, laughing, and seemed in good spirits. His left arm did look a little stiff, but I might be over-analyzing bc I'm so worried/paranoid. Jake told him he wants him to score 16 TDs tomorrow and Kerryon laughed and said "Man, that's a lot!" I did see him sort of stretching both arms out and up, so he definitely has movement. Then Kerryon went and got Jarrett Stidham and he came over and talked with Jake too. Jake told him "I saw you kiss your girlfriend after the Iron Bowl" and Jarrett laughed. They didn't really do anything during the media viewing window except walk around the field and chat. The guys seemed very cool, confident, and relaxed. Gus specifically asked to see Jake and Jake was the first person he greeted on the field, which was SO cool. Gus has this swagger now that just seems different. He didn't even seem nervous. Just calm, collected, and focused. Okay, now the part y'all are gonna LOVE. So a guy that works with Georgia football graduated from Jake's high school. He comes over during the Georgia viewing period and grabs Jake from the sidelines. Then, proceeds to take Jake out to meet Nick Chubb and Kirby Smart. Kirby told Jake he was wearing the wrong shirt (AU shirt) and Jake says "No sir. I'm sorry, but Auburn is going to win." ??? THEN Jake says "So what do you plan on doing about Kerryon Johnson? You know, he's really fast." Y'all, I was doing everything I could not to die laughing. To Kirby Smart's credit, he took it completely in stride. He just laughed and said "Yeah, he's good." He was really nice to Jake and talked to him a very long time. Maybe it's my orange and blue glasses, but the Georgia players seemed more tense than our players. The tone was noticeably more somber. If you've read this far, you're a trooper. Sorry for the novel, but I'm so excited I might not be able to sleep lol. I just had to share. I attached some of the pictures in case you are interested!
  2. 67 points
    Mods - move as desired. For all that have been following, I had my tests and doctor's appointment following round 6 of chemo and my CT scans and blood tests show my body is entirely cancer free! It could come back, but my doctor was amazed just how good everything looked. I still have to have surgery on my colon to deal with a growth that, at this point tests benign, so if I disappear again, for a while, it's because I'm recovering from that, but it's lathroscopic so it shouldn't be a huge deal. In any case, thank you for all of the prayers and good thoughts. Score one for the Tigers. WAR EAGLE! Tigers Are Stronger Than Cancer
  3. 57 points
    Auburn should not have lost to Georgia yesterday. The UGA offense is anemic and our defense totally controlled it aside from a few amazing passes from Eason. They held them to two FGs the entire game and anytime that happens, you should win. At the same time, Auburn is a very beat up team, far more beat up that the coaching staff has let on. Sean is obviously not himself and unable to generate any velocity on passes beyond 5-10 yards without really screwing up his mechanics and thus his accuracy. I think it's also causing him to throw the ball quicker to try and avoid hits because any strong hit could spell the end of the season in his mind and it's painful. Kerryon is not the same back he was early in the year because of the ankle and Pettway just bring another dimension to this offense. Not having all of those key pieces working properly are just too much to overcome. And finally, the JF3 thing has been an extreme disappointment not only in terms of evaluation by the staff (in hindsight we should have signed Jerod Evans) but in JF3's own development. He simply should be better now so that when Sean isn't 100% the offense can do something. But this is not a problem unique to Auburn. A&M is a totally different team without Trevor Knight. Louisville is a 3 or 4 loss team without Lamar Jackson. Who knows what Clemson is without Watson? You name me a team and virtually any of them are going to suffer greatly without their starter. Most backups are not stars who just haven't gotten their chance. They are backups because they are either flat out not as good, or because they are young and not ready for the lead role and there will be tremendous dropoff. All of that said, I feel like in many ways Gus has taken some steps forward as a coach this year. We finally have a defense that can carry a team and keep us in any game. That hasn't happened since Tubs was here. He finally understands his role as a HEAD coach and is allowing his assistants to do what he hired them to do. And while we are paying the price for missing on Jerod and JJ's mental breakdowns, I think what this team did when it was healthy shows great promise. So what do we do? We are likely to lose to Alabama and finish 8-4. Is it time to repeat the 4-year "Auburn gets a new head coach" cycle? Thoughts on that: 1. Well, I don't want to break up this defensive staff especially. It's taken 6-7 years to get an Auburn defense back around here and I love what T-Will and McGriff have done. And our D-line is killing it. It's nice to know we don't have to score 40 points every outing to have a chance. 2. Yesterday showed that every coach is susceptible to losing games they shouldn't. Clemson lost at home to unranked Pitt (giving up 43 points in the process), Michigan lost to unranked Iowa, only scoring 13 in the process, and Washington lost to USC, managing only 13 points at home. And other coaches have had their struggles this year: Jimbo at FSU, Stoops at Oklahoma, Herman at Houston. This is not an exact science. 3. What coach do you realistically think we go after and get? Herman maybe, but like Gus he's learning on the job as well. Jimbo has shown himself to be a monumental whiner and without Jameis is having a hard time of it. Petrino is having a great year but I don't think he's leaving Louisville a second time so quickly and the PTB at Auburn just aren't going to hire him. Briles is radioactive for a few years. So I'm struggling to come up with someone. Taking all of the above into consideration, I think we're better off staying with Gus for another year, hopefully adding Stidham as QB this offseason, getting Woody Barrett ready after a redshirt year and anticipating Joey Gatewood after him. It's not going to make a lot of folks happy, but I just don't think blowing things up again after 4 years is the right way to go.
  4. 55 points
  5. 53 points
    Mods, move if you like, but since may on this board have been asking, I wanted to let you all know that I started round 2 of chemo today, but more importantly, had blood tests yesterday. This morning, my oncologist informed me that all of my liver function numbers were normal. He was shocked. His exact words were "If I didn't know any better, I'd think I was looking at a healthy person's results". Thank you to all who are praying and sending good thoughts. We've got a long way to go, but we're kicking this things butt Tigers are Stronger than Cancer! War Eagle!
  6. 53 points
    At the end of this season, Gus needs to be told he has several options: 1) Bring in a new offensive coordinator with experience not affiliated with your coaching tree. It can be spread oriented if you like to expand on what you have already installed in the past. It is time for you to be a head coach and not an offensive coach. 2) If not, your employment will be terminated with five losses or more and fired with four losses if two of the games are against Georgia and Alabama. Going 0-8 against our two biggest rivals is not acceptable. Having witnessed first hand what occurred under Coach Gene Chizik, this should not come as a surprise. 3) We want you to decide Coach Malzahn what you truly believe is in the best interest of the program. If you are obstinate enough to stick with Rhett Lashlee or another OC that will only run your offense, then you will live and die by it during the 2017 season. The ceiling on this offense has been reached under the mutual guidance of you and Coach Lashlee. It is in the best interest for both of you to part ways. Previous Mulligans: We gave you a pass in 2014 because of the defense. You made a change at defensive coordinator, which proved to be a good move. We gave you a pass in 2015 because of Jeremy Johnson, though there must be an issue with quarterback evaluation or development. The fear is it could be a combination of both. You get a pass this season because of the late season injuries. Issues with the quarterback position surfaced again. We give you full credit with the way a healthy Sean White performed this season, but John Franklin III attempting only two passes during nearly 80 mop-up snaps proved to be a colossal lapse in judgment. Even if you win your bowl game, your last three seasons will equate to a 24-15 record over the past three seasons. Auburn expects more than a win percentage of 61.5%. It is important you remember; Gene Chizik was fired for winning only 63.5 percent of his games. You must make changes at offensive coordinator because... 1) It is wretched you run the ball 77% of the time on 1st down. Unless you are operating a triple-option offense, there is no reason for not attempting passes on 1st down 30-35% of the time. We understand you want to be a run-first offense and we support this basic concept. We only hope you comprehend you can still be a power running offense and pass the ball more often on first down. 2) It is ridiculous you have attempted only one pass to a TE during the last 25 games. Any offensive coach worth his salt attempts to utilize all of his skill players in their game plan. Forcing the defense to cover every aspect makes you less predictable. 3) It is distressing many of your passing plays are one man routes set up in the hopes a certain defensive back will react in the same manner from a previous play. 4) It is criminal you don't call better protection for your QB's facing third and long against blitzing defenses. This label was placed on you in 2009, and yet you have failed to recognize the issue. If you are going to place your quarterback in obvious passing situations as frequently as we have witnessed, at least give the young man a chance to throw the football. 5) Your pass-offense lacks slants, crossing routes, swing passes, and RB screens. What we have seen are WR-screens, outs, square-in, deep posts and wheel routes. Yes, there have been other routes, but you rarely attack the middle of the field vacated by LB's set on defending the run. 6) In six of seven seasons, your pass offense has attempted more passes on third down than first down. Once again, this is a strong indicator of how predictable your offense is to defend. 7) For a QB at this level to not have the ability to check out of certain situations shows how barbaric your offense can be. 8) You are now 4-11 against Power-5 teams, when your running game is held to 150-yards or less, scoring an average of 18 points. We believe in the running game too, but you have to know you cannot always rush for 250-yards week in and week out. Your running game has been tremendous but not unstoppable. 9) You are now 5-14 against Power-5 teams, when you are held to under 10 points by halftime, averaging just 15 PPG, when it happens. This clearly shows the lack of ability to adjust your game plan. 10) As a head coach, you are now 5-11 in games against Power-5 teams, when trailing at halftime and 0-6 when trailing by 10 or more points at halftime. Once again, this is an indicator of your failures to adjust. 11) During the 21 games your offense was held to just 6 points or less during the first period against Power-5 competition, your teams averaged only 22 PPG, winning only 9 of the 21 games. 12) While other offensive coaches change up their play-calling, schemes, and formations to regulate their offense during trying times, you only change out who is taking snaps at the QB position. For the record, this is not an "adjustment," it is called desperation. 13) We want to see an offense ready for action on opening day. Utilizing the first 3-4 games of the season to figure out what you have seems such a waste. Looking back at the Clemson and Texas A&M games, this team could have been undefeated before the injuries began to add up. Spring and Fall camps are when coaches should learn and discover their strengths and weaknesses leading up to the season. We want you to succeed at Auburn because it means "WE" are successful. This is one of the reasons why you are one of the highest paid head coaches in the country. We believed in you enough to hire you on two separate occasions, as an offensive coordinator and now as a head coach. We gave you a substantial raise when you put a championship team on the field and have continued paying you well even when you struggled. You made a change at the defensive coordinator position when the job was not being done. It is time to recognize the job is not being completed on the offensive side of the football. What you have accomplished since arriving at the collegiate level has been remarkable. You have blazed a trail for many high school coaches to break into the collegiate ranks. You implemented a new brand of offense that many copied because it was so successful. Your offense at Auburn has nearly rewritten the entire record book. For these accomplishments, we commend you. Long term success in coaching means the ability to adjust, adapt and change. What might have worked five years ago is no longer vogue, and has now become stagnant and anticipated. When the defense failed in 2014, you had the foresight to make a change. It was a sign of growth on your part as a head coach, and we are now reaping the rewards. Can you not see a change is needed on offense? The time has come for you to be accountable at Auburn and for you to return to the University in the manner, it gave to you. If this is too much to ask and you elect to resign, please let us know, and we will write a check for half your buyout. Your job is to place your players in the best position to be successful, and you have failed the last two years. We have wanted this to be your driving ambition since your hiring, and now we demand it to be the theme moving forward. We expect you to be the head coach at Auburn and to demand the best from your assistants. The Auburn fan base has supported you, and we had hoped you would recognize and overcome your shortcomings. Change for anyone can be a complicated process, especially when it comes to the ego of a head coach at a major program. Next year will be your fifth season on the Plains as head coach, and we only request you do what is in the best interest of a very proud program. We believe you can be a better head coach and we want you to succeed at Auburn. Recruiting has improved under your watch and it appears you have the defense pointed in the right direction, something Gene Chizik could not do despite being an accomplished defensive coordinator. Off the field distractions have been minimal and most importantly, your players have fought hard for you and your staff. The only glaring weakness right now looks to be the offense and the need to evolve. Changing and adjusting your offense will make for a better team and in the end, will make you a better head coach. Good or bad, everything that occurs under your watch, reflects the kind of head coach you are. We believe in you Gus, we just believe you can do more for the sake of the program. Good luck moving forward and War Eagle!
  7. 49 points
    Sometimes these little things are fun to write; sometimes they're not. And every now and then, they are a LOT of fun to write. Auburn finally exorcising their uga demons has given me an incredibly pleasant weekend. Going into the game, I hoped the pressure of being ranked Number One would weigh on Georgia, and Auburn would come out pressure-free and have a good time playing football. That appeared to be the case. I held some hope for the win based on the fact that Georgia hadn't really played anybody, and it was a certainty that the AU defense was the best they had seen. But I also thought going in that Georgia was better than they turned out to be. Auburn dominated on both sides of the line of scrimmage, but the domination by the Auburn defensive line was beyond anything I imagined. To. A. Man., Georgia's offensive front was whipped play after play. And I don't mean whipped in the eyes of some imaginary "judge." I mean just flat-out WHIPPED. Over and over and over. Now that I've wasted your time re-hashing my feelings on the game, here are some things I think I saw..... The top rushing offense in the SEC had 21 running plays for 19 yards in the first half. As a player, that kind of domination by your opponent gets into your head. You know that something is not as it should be, but you get frustrated trying to figure out what it is and how to fix it. Chandler Cox has been dominant the past two weeks. An exceptional athlete, Cox has struggled with the technique of blocking in space since his arrival at Auburn and his subsequent assignment as THE H-back. Blocking in space requires getting there in a hurry, but coming under control just before contact, so that you don't miss.....then accelerating into the contact at the last instant to generate the necessary force to knock or drive somebody out of the way. Cox appears to have figured that out, and his blocking has been a major factor in Auburn's recent success in the running game. He is fun to watch. Darius Slayton is rapidly becoming a big-time wide receiver. He's dropped a few passes over the course of the season, but he's caught some good ones, and made lots of plays. His TD catch was a thing of beauty, both in terms of body control, and understanding what had to be done to keep the defensive back's hands away from the ball. Slayton actually pulled his own arms and the ball out of the way as he caught the ball, so the DB had no chance to rake the ball out. And Slayton had a key block on Jarrett Stidham's touchdown on a zone read play. A wide receiver who has speed, can catch the ball in traffic, and can block is a genuine treasure. And Slayton is only going to get better with age and experience. Georgia fooled our secondary a couple of times.....three times, actually. But they were only able to execute once.. The flea-flicker they ran was open for a touchdown, but there was enough pressure from the AU front that Fromm couldn't get the pass off and ended up taking a sack. Still, there were at least three busted coverages in the Auburn secondary, and that's too many. Linebacker Darrell Williams stood out to me as making a number of big plays. Williams has impressed me with his knowledge since arriving at Auburn, and did so again yesterday. The call (by Jarrett Stiham, or the sideline) on the screen play to Ryan Davis for a TD was beautifully done. As Alabama has done for years, Georgia showed a blitz from the wide side of the field. The first time they ran it, Stidham ended up keeping the ball for a small loss. The second time, he chose the pass part of the play, and got the ball to Davis, who took it in for a TD. No way I will be able to cover all the defensive players who had an outstanding game this week. One who surprised me, as I hadn't seen a lot from him recently, was Dontavius Russell. He was a brute at defensive tackle, throwing blockers aside and making plays on the Georgia running backs. He was also a factor in the fierce Auburn pass rush. Kudos to that Georgia kid for stepping up against his home--state school. Marlon Davidson was outstanding, but that is the norm for him. Jeff Holland is no doubt in Jake Fromm's dreams. He was, as he has been all season, a constant in the Georgia backfield. Speaking of Georgia kids shining against opponents from their home state, how about Derrick Brown? He stepped up his already formidable game this week, and refused to be blocked by what had appeared to be a decent uga offensive line. Due to dependency on the network TV crews (in this case, CBS), it's tough to get much of a look at the sidelines. But I did catch a shot of two uga players shoving each other near their bench, and the sideline reporter observed that "the Georgia players are fighting among themselves." When it gets to that point, you know you are dominating the game. Once again, Mike Horton was unavailable at left guard, and also once again, Darius James had to leave the game. I think at this point in the season, Auburn's best offensive line includes Tega at left tackle, Dunn at center, Golson at right tackle, and Harrell at left guard. Harrell has improved a great deal over these last three weeks, and Tega has improved well beyond what I'd consider reasonable expectations. He is incredibly quick and athletic, and once he truly knows what to do, he is going to be a genuine stud left tackle. I'm impressed with what he's accomplished since moving to OL. Braden Smith is just a beast. I don't really know how we ended up getting a highly-regarded kid from Kansas, but I'm sure glad we did. He just mauls people like no one else we have. Noticed that we stole a punt return technique from Texas A&M, who ran it against us last week. Two return men back, and one *pretends* he is running to catch the ball on one side of the field, while the other casually positions himself to actually field the punt. Covering a punt is difficult, because you are not certain where the ball is, or where it's going. The easiest way to get yourself to the right place is to watch the return man until the ball comes into your peripheral vision. With the little scheme that aTm ran (and we stole), you are running to the wrong place. I noticed aTm do that last week, and no less than FIVE of the guys covering the punt for Auburn went to the wrong return man. Anyway, AU ran that play yesterday, and Ryan Davis got a 26-yard return out of it. A personal foul penalty on Sony Michel added another 15 yards, so the net was 41 yards.....a big play in any football game. Eli Stove has become a huge factor in Auburn's running game. Credit to Chip Lindsey for finding multiple ways to get Stove the ball on the perimeter. I love a running back with great speed, and that's essentially what Stove provides us. Last I checked, he is averaging around ten yards per carry. How could anybody talk about "what I saw" without mentioning Kerryon Johnson? When he was being recruited as a high school kid, I thought KJ was going to make us an excellent all-around back. He is a LOT more than that. The patience he has in waiting for blocks to fall into place, and the burst he attacks the hole with are both remarkable. What an incredible football player! I'm reminded every week of what a gift we got when Casey Dunn transferred to Auburn. He is not a road-grader, and he is not going to move any buildings, but he is a football player, and having him to take over the center position, allowing Austin Golson to go wherever he is needed has been huge for Auburn's offense. Noticed little Jeremiah Dinson making plays yesterday. Great to see that his skinny body has recovered from the horrendous injury he suffered two years ago. He is the consummate dime back, and is always willing to sacrifice his body to make a play. Love that kid. Auburn played a lot of the time yesterday with a single safety, although they often made it appear they were using two. Playing a lot of press man with a single safety, Kevin Steele used Stephen Roberts as an extra run-support guy. Roberts did it very well, lining up as a safety, and drifting toward the box as the snap was about to come. Tray Matthews had to be happy with the game he had. He got some big-time licks in against his former team, and made some key plays. Thank goodness he is back in the lineup in time for Amen Corner. Noticed young T.D. Moultry a couple of times yesterday. He looks really natural and instinctive. Good things to come for that young man. Our QB is getting better every week. Stidham sold the throwback screen to KJ perfectly, never looking back until he was ready to throw the ball. A brilliantly conceived play, it was executed to perfection. I'd be willing to bet Chip Lindsey has watched it a hundred times already and will watch it a hundred more this week. In a great game like this one, I'm sure I've left out things that should have been mentioned. For that, I apologize. This was a gigantic win, for reasons Auburn people don't need reminding of. I felt like if we couldn't beat Texas A&M, we probably couldn't beat Georgia. Well, we did, and we did. I have also felt like if we could beat Georgia, we could beat Alabama. None of that has any logic or substance to it, but I like the way it sounds. If you made it this far, thanks for taking the time, and WAR EAGLE!!
  8. 43 points
    What gets frustrating is that the initial information is exactly what happened, yet for some reason, many folks have to have exact details and rehash the info over and over. Truth; he pulled something during the play in question and it hurt a lot. We don’t know what exactly it was. It was not a shoulder dislocation or any broken bones. Therefore, it will be sore and take some time to heal but looks like he will be able to play. Thank goodness! Let’s move on. Would that be ok?
  9. 40 points
    Things I Think I Saw….. About three years ago, I started doing this little “column” after each Auburn football game. The idea was to just write down “observations” based on seeing a game once, whether live or on tape/DVR. I’ve always been a little surprised at how we can see something different each time we watch something over and over. I’ve watched a fair amount of football film/tape/DVR recordings over the years, and sometimes it’s hard to believe how I “thought” I saw something happen, but after looking at it again, I changed my mind. It isn’t practical for me to do that anymore, so I just write down my first impressions, and because of that, I decided to call this “Things I Think I Saw.” On last night’s game vs Clemson….The Auburn defense was even better than I expected, especially the DL and linebackers. There were some mistakes for sure, including a few missed tackles, guys getting pushed out of their rush lanes, and so on. But overall, the defense was pleasantly solid against one of the better offenses around in terms of skill position talent. The offense was almost as big a disappointment as the defense was a surprise. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more disorganized, poorly planned game at any level, be it middle school, high school, or college. It’s almost foolish to try to critique the performance of the AU quarterbacks, as none were given an opportunity to get into the flow of the game, or establish any kind of rhythm or continuity. With all that preamble, here are some things I “think” I saw…. DeShaun Davis was possibly the biggest surprise of the game. He played more downhill than any Auburn linebacker I’ve seen since at least Josh Bynes. And he brought the wood whenever he had a chance. He missed a couple of tackles, but I thought for a guy getting his first game action, he was outstanding. I saw flashes of the things I’ve heard about Darrell Williams. He is surprisingly athletic, and is much better in coverage than I expected from his body type. A very intelligent player. The Auburn offensive line, both individually and collectively, was as bad as I can remember it being in several years. IMO, nobody on the OL played well. Robert Leff did not play like a legitimate starter in this conference. His inability to pass protect was a huge factor in the game. Austin Golson looked very passive and passed up more opportunities to hit a defender than I could count without spending hours studying the tape. Alex Kozan was awkward on his pulls, and Braden Smith was awkward, period. Xavier Dampeer got man-handled most of the night. Kozan, Smith and Dampeer are three players I was expecting big things from this season. I think most of us had questions about Golson and Leff, and some of those questions were unfortunately answered.How an OL coach with Herb Hand’s reputation could put that group out on the field in a big game is a question I’ve asked myself since early in the game. For having had an entire off season to prepare and plan, the early offensive plays in the game were extremely disappointing. We have Kerryon Johnson, Bubba Pettway, and Chandler Cox available, and our early plays are designed to get the ball to Stanton Truitt? The seemingly haphazard shuffling of quarterbacks will always be a mystery for me. The old expression, “If you have more than one QB, you don’t have any” has never seemed more accurate. It seemed that Malzahn was drawing numbers out of a jar like a bingo caller on Saturday night at The Home….whatever number comes up, that’s who’s playing. Even if one of the three had some momentum going, out he came, and in went someone else. In that vein, the presence of JFIII in the game seemed to sort of “freeze” the Clemson defense. But he was replaced for no apparent reason, and Jeremy Johnson promptly threw an interception. I liked the aggressiveness our secondary played with vs Clemson’s passing game. On the other hand, some of the things DBs get away with in the NFL, officials don’t let slide in college. Some teams are allowed to get away with holding onto a receiver, but Auburn is not one of those, and will not be. Clemson’s Mike Williams was a physical mismatch for pretty much all of our defensive backs. He’s also very talented, and Deshaun Watson is exceptionally accurate. All things considered, I thought Auburn did a pretty decent job of coverage, other than vs Williams. Limiting Tight End Jordan Leggett was a solid accomplishment IMO. Daniel Carlson was even sharper than usual. I’d heard throughout fall practice that he was missing more kicks than usual, but it appears he got back into his form in time for the game. I was disappointed in the blocking of the wide receivers on the perimeter. I frankly expected better execution of that task from Kodi Burns’ group. I am impressed with WR Will Hastings. He was not used a great deal, with the quarterback management and the poor pass protection, but he is one of those guys who “just gets open” and catches the ball. Hopefully someone will get the offense in general ironed out, and Hastings will be a factor going forward. We lined up a few times with a tight end, in Jalen Harris. I don’t know what kind of receiver he is, but he’s got a long way to go in the blocking department. He didn’t exactly overwhelm my definition of “physical." I thought there was an excess of “cuteness” in the AU offense, and at least one “trick play” was actually so silly as to be embarrassing. The one where all the offensive linemen kind of run to the middle of the formation and some kind of play action pass goes to the running back behind the line of scrimmage. I apologize for not describing it better, but I don’t know how. I have no problem at all with trick plays, but they need to be well-designed and called at just the right time. Coming off your own goal line is not that time IMO. Ours resulted in a loss, by the way. Much like last season, the “coordination” of Auburn’s offense from the sideline seemed awkward and clumsy. Numerous times we were either called for delay of game or rushed to get lined up and run the play before the clock ran down. I don’t know if having Herb Hand in the press box helped or not, but if it did indeed help, the results were apparently minuscule enough to be mostly indiscernible. Our running game never looked sharp to me. It was extremely gratifying to see the AU defense stuff Clemson multiple times in short yardage situations. And despite the poor offensive performance, the AU offense was more successful on short yardage plays (the JJ run on 4th and two at the goal line notwithstanding) than last year. The sugar huddle breaking with an unbalanced line would seem to be something opposing defenses would have figured out by now, but it worked again as far as getting Clemson misaligned. Unfortunately, the OL didn’t block well enough to get the ball into the end zone. Where we go from here is up to the players and coaches. It looks like our defense may be good enough to keep us in games. If our offensive staff can figure out what they want to do/be, we have a chance to get through these next three games and be on our way to improving over the season. But, if there is more of what we saw on the offensive side last night, it’s going to be a long season, and there will likely be a new play-caller next year. For the most part, the effort was there against a very talented Clemson team. My feeling is that the players deserved better than they got from “management.” Let’s hope everyone is on the same page by next week.
  10. 34 points
    During the last 448 Auburn games, the Tigers have led at halftime by at least 30 points on 30 occasions. It has occurred 6.7 percent of the time, so yesterday was indeed a treat. Of the 30 games where Auburn led by more than 30 points at halftime, only seven of those games were conference opponents. Since 1981, it has occurred just 2.5 percent of the time in conference play. Auburn led Ole Miss 35-3 at halftime, the identical halftime score of the Alabama-Ole Miss game, which included a defensive score for the Crimson Tide. By halftime, Auburn had outgained the Rebels by 187-yards, while Alabama outgained Ole Miss by 167-yards at halftime. Alabama closed out the deal more efficiently than Auburn, but that should be expected just because Alabama's has more talent on their depth chart than Auburn. By the end of the third quarter, Auburn held a commanding 41-10 lead. The Rebels gained nearly 33 percent of their yardage and over 60 percent of their points during the final period when Auburn was playing backups on defense. If we learned anything from comparing the two games, it is Alabama has better talent and depth across the board. I think if we are honest, we already knew this to be the case before the season began. Coach Matt Luke said his team quit during the second-half of the Alabama game. During their week of preparation for Auburn, Luke reminded his team they had to learn to play two halves. No matter what happened against Auburn during the first half, they were not going to quit as they did against Alabama. I will admit it is very tempting to focus on how Auburn finished the game rather than how they started with all hands on deck. Yes, the lack of production the second-half wasn't entertaining to watch. It revealed what subbing and shutting down the offense will do in conference play. Lesson learned. If we return to how the first-half played out, it is clear the game plan on offense was sound and executed very well. The offensive personnel played with passion, building a lead that only occurs during 2.5 percent of Auburn's conference games. The defense stumbled coming off the line, giving up 107-yards during the first two possessions defended. They however closed out the first half with 97-yards allowed during the next five possessions. It was the best first half played this season. Can anyone really question whether or not this team was prepared to play against the Rebels? Would it have been better for the team had the other running backs played sooner? Yes. Would it have been better to give Malik Willis more valuable reps on the field to provide him with more experience? Yes. Would it have been better had Chip Lindsey called a more creative second half? Yes. After defending 49 snaps during the first half, it was clear Auburn wanted to grind clock, knowing the game was safely in hand. The way I see it today (Sunday)... the team I watched crush Ole Miss during the first half was pretty darn good. The second half performance tells me the coaches and players are still working towards improving, but it doesn't change the fact of how well the Tigers played when fully operational. Now it is time to get ready for LSU in Death Valley. This Auburn team is far from perfect, but there is no doubt, they are a better team than six games into the 2016 season. During the last three games, Auburn has outscored the opponent 42-6 during the first quarter and 87-20 by halftime. If the team that opened up against Missouri, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, shows up in Baton Rouge, I like our chances for coming home with the victory. War Eagle!
  11. 33 points
    Here is the breakdown of the Touchdown play from Stidham to Hastings... No need to thanks me... I was happy to do it.. Took me a lot of hard work and time...
  12. 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
  13. 33 points
  14. 31 points
    Thank you AU players for playing your hearts out for us this year. Thank you for not quitting on us. I wish each and every one of our players and coaches as much success as possible. It was an AWESOME year!!!!!!!
  15. 31 points
    I'm done. Literally the dumbest display of going into a shell I've ever seen, including the Tubershell years. Three quarters worth of KJ up the gut for two plays then flinging it into a crowd 40 yds downfield. The man is just so ******* stubborn and stuck in his ways he cannot and will not change. Hit the bricks, Gus.
  16. 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!
  17. 30 points
    Things I Think I Saw: Auburn vs Miss State…. For the typical football fan, this was a game where a “reasonably comfortable” win was the hope going in. That hope virtually assured in the first half, hope quickly became expectation, and then some discomfort and even disappointment in the second half. Fans…of which I am one….are weird that way. The fact is that the Auburn defense has played well pretty much throughout the season thus far, while the offense has improved steadily over the past three weeks. Auburn has superior talent to Mississippi State, but State had to be heavily outplayed, to be down by five touchdowns at the half. Credit for that goes not to the aforementioned talent advantage, but to preparation, effort, and execution by the players and coaches. That said, here are some “things I think I saw” while watching the game. I haven’t gone back and re-watched any of it, so odds are good that I missed some things, or saw some things wrong. So if you saw it differently, you may well be right…especially if you went to the trouble to watch it more than once. I thought Sean White had his best game as an Auburn QB. White looked sharp in most areas, and executed well. He missed a couple of deep throws, but that is always a possibility when you go for a big play. Sean’s pre-snap reads looked nearly perfect, and his anticipation of routes by the wide receivers was the best I’ve seen from an Auburn QB in a while. Chandler Cox has improved his blocking over the last couple of games, although he still lets himself get overextended prior to throwing his block at times. There has been improvement there for sure, though, and I’d expect that to continue. I really like the kid, and hope he is eventually as good as he wants to be. There was some discussion prior to this season about just how effective the young freshman receivers could be for Auburn right out of the gate, given the lack of experience at that position. I’m still not sure we know the definitive answer to that question, but I think Kyle Davis is making a case for young ones being able to contribute. I love the way he runs his routes, and catches the ball away from his body. Speaking of wide receivers, a couple of suggestions for Coach Kodi Burns to work on with his group this week: For the second week in a row, Tony Stevens has tried to catch a ball with his shoulder pads. Last week it ended up being a drop of what would have been a first down pass. This week it turned into an interception of a very well-thrown ball. This was also the second week in a row that one of our wide receivers has lined up off the ball when he was supposed to be on the line of scrimmage. Both times, all the player had to do was look at the side judge, who holds his arm out to his side to indicate whether the outside receiver is on, or off, the line of scrimmage. Our inability to develop a blocking tight end continued through this game. If we are not going to use the tight end in the passing game, maybe we should move one of the better young offensive linemen there, to at least provide blocking. I’d almost bet the staff has discussed that possibility, and after this week, it might happen. Braden Smith continues to pull away from the mean as an offensive lineman. He is blessed with all the tools, and is beginning to master the use of those. I’m a huge Alex Kozan fan. AK is one of those guys who gets it done with knowledge, technique, and the application of basic physics, rather than with brute strength and/or exceptional speed. However, he has gotten in the habit this season of playing entirely too high at times, especially on the goal line, and it’s becoming a problem. I hope someone is pointing this out to him so he gets it corrected. I don’t really know what to make of the Golson/Dampeer/James situation. Based on what’s been said, I guess we can probably accept that Dampeer is not 100% recovered from injury. But I have to say, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the effectiveness of Darius James at left tackle. I don’t think we’ve seen DJ go against an elite speed rusher yet, but he sure looks good in his pass set, and is an excellent drive blocker. Will be interesting to see how the OL situation plays out over the rest of the season. On the subject of speed rushers, Carl Lawson appears to be approaching full health status at last. I’ve never thought of Carl as a speed guy, but he definitely looked like one this week. Great to see him open up the tool box of pass rush moves he's worked so hard at developing. Mon Adams and Dontavious Russell continue to dominate inside. Lots of talent there, and copious amounts of hustle and effort to go with it. I’m also seeing more and more “real football player” stuff from Andrew Williams. He has been (to me) surprisingly effective this season, and it’s primarily through effort supported by excellent technique. As I think I’ve said here in previous weeks, young Darrell Williams continues to make rookie mistakes, but is destined to be an outstanding linebacker. He missed some reads this week, and is beginning to let his eyes overpower his brain at times. Hopefully T-Will keeps bringing him along; talent like he has doesn’t come along often enough. I think pretty much anyone who pays attention to football could see very early that Carlton Davis was going to be a tremendous cover guy. I recognized it, like most other people, but even so, I’m surprised by how good he is already. The kid is really good, and seemingly, determined to get better. Most of us were disappointed that we didn’t dominate in the second half yesterday, after such a strong performance early. Sometimes, for reasons not easily discerned, teams just let off the throttle after getting everything going. It can be a particular play, an injury, or any number of things that cause it, but once you’ve let up on the throttle, it’s really difficult to push it forward again. The best way to go about things is to never let up in the first place, of course, but we’re talking about young men 18 to 22 years old, not 50-year-old men with years of training and experience. Our guys will learn to keep the hammer down, and I’m happy that failing to do that yesterday didn’t really cost them anything. Experience is a great teacher, but she can be very expensive. Not so this week. War Eagle!, and let’s get ready for Bert and the Hawgs!
  18. 30 points
    John Franklin III There is no doubt JF3 would bring an explosive element to the offense. Coach Rhett Lashlee commented on the topic this week... "That's stuff we'll continue to look at," Lashlee said. "I feel like he's getting better each week. That's the challenge: You don't want to disrupt the rhythm of your offense and get into a quarterback shuffle, and we're not going to do that. But John is an explosive player for us. We'll just kind of take that week to week and see what we think we can do there." IMO, Coach Lashlee's comment about not wanting to disrupt the rhythm of the offense is a valid and essential point. Some have suggested utilizing JF3 on the speed-sweep. I don't agree primarily because it is way too easy to defend the play and the moment he sets foot on the field and moves in motion, opposing defenses will sell out for the sweep option. There are few options from the jet-sweep, which is why I believe the "orbit" motion is the best option. The key is placing JF3 in space to take advantage of his speed. The orbit motion allows Auburn to utilize him as runner, receiver, QB and decoy. Every time he orbits over the backfield... Defenses will be less likely to crash on the mesh-point because they must respect the end-around option. This opens up the inside running game. Think back to how Tennessee used this orbit motion against Auburn during the 2004 SECCG to break two long run plays between out tackles. When he takes the handoff on the end-around he has more space to maneuver than the jet-sweep because he is deeper in the backfield. There is a passing option off this play, and the orbit-player is often left open in the flat after the QB fakes the inside give to the RB and fakes the handoff to the orbit-player. Onterio McCalebb was often left open in the flat but Auburn rarely took advantage of it. There is a second passing option, where JF3 takes the handoff or lateral in the orbit-motion and sets up to pass himself. Here is red zone play from 2014, utilizing the orbit motion with Ricardo Louis. Auburn could runs 4-5 different plays on one series with JF3 in motion over the backfield on every play. The orbit-motion becomes more than "eye candy" because JF3 has to be accounted for, every time he motions over the backfield. You could still toss in the jet-sweep during the series, depending on how the defense is defending the edge. Thoughts?
  19. 29 points
  20. 29 points
    Sorry ben very busy lately. I am very confident in saying this. Fields to AU
  21. 28 points
    At the beginning of the season, if you were told Auburn would win 10 games in the regular season, beat both of its main rivals (Bama and UGA) and play for the SEC championship, pretty much everyone here would have been happy with that record. And actually, I remember lots of posts by people saying just that. Yes, Auburn's performance in the SECCG was really disappointing. But, really, does it make any sense at all to push out a head coach after he goes 10-2 in the regular season against the toughest competition in the country? Florida gives Mullen a $6 million contractr as reward for years of mediocrity. A&M gives Fischer a $7 million contract after a losing season. And you want to push CGM out the door for going 10-2?
  22. 28 points
    JMO....but a good letter and hope there is minimum gloating. This is the way it should be done with a bit of dignity.
  23. 28 points
    I change logos every week, depending on who bammer plays. Satisfied Sherlock?
  24. 28 points
    Seriously? Many would be very hard pressed to name 3-5 college secondary coaches off the top of their heads. Just because one hasn't heard of someone doesn't mean they aren't a good coach or good hire. Obviously spending ~20years in the NFL dictates he might know his craft.
  25. 28 points
    ^^^never misses an opportunity to be a jackass.