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  1. Really interesting to read these posts. Our OL over the last few years has not lacked for recruited talent. We have recruited plenty of 4-stars, and even a 5-star. It appears to have lacked from development. When junior and senior 4-star OLs can't win a starting position against underclassmen, graduate transfer 0-stars and 2-stars, and converted defensive ends, either they were not 4-stars to begin with, or they were not developed. Also, anyone looking at our OL over the last two years and one can see the lack of push during running plays. Our pass protection was rated pretty good this year. But in 2018 and 2019 our zone blocking for the run was poor. It was very bad in 208. As was some of the other plays. I honestly think the reason we did not run a lot of power, counter, and buck sweep is because Gus did not trust his offensive linemen to be able to execute on those plays. The constant changes to the starting center in 2018 and 2019 between Kim and Brahms, and the need for graduate transfer Jack Driscoll to start at right tackle were indicative of the challenges we had. Nothing against Driscoll, but when a 2-star graduate transfer can come into a SEC school and start, that school is lacking something. Add to that, our best offensive lineman turned out to be that converted defensive end who played one year of high-school football. Our OL issues are systemic. They existed across two OL coaches over a number of years. It is not just recruiting. Our 4-star recruits get beat by 2-star and 0-star transfers. The OL requires coaching and development more than any other position. And we have consistently failed since the 2015 season, with a brief exception during our 2017 run (after a dismal start). Don't forget in 2017 our entire second string OL was Austin Golson. Our 2019 starting OL was relegated to third string behind one guy.
  2. What I like is everything I heard suggests Chad Morris was closely involved in this hire. If CGM can trust CCM and CKS, perhaps CGM can successfully move to the next level of "CEO Coach" from his current very hand-on approach. Obviously, the jury is still out.
  3. 1984 Kickoff Classic against Miami in the Meadowlands. Also I believe that was the first AU game I ever attended.
  4. My thoughts exactly, however the comment that Dye said he had flunked out may be a factor. Apparently Coe was never big on the academic part of things, and that is probably why he spent time in the dog house.
  5. That really is his natural position based on his build. I think we wanted him somewhere else (Buck, 3-Tech) because we had Marlin Davidson. Coe has the size to play SDE in a 4-3 or DE in a 3-4 in the NFL. He is almost a archetypal 3-4 DE. I hope he gets a shot and makes the best of it.
  6. There really should be two Outland awards each year, one for offensive lineman, and one for defensive lineman. Given there are five offensive linemen and typically three interior defensive linemen on a football team, that means a lot of people competing for one award, even if you do not consider the center who has the Rimington award.
  7. Barry Odom reportedly lands new job in SEC Good hire by Sam Pittman. Odom's history in neighboring Missouri should help with Arkansas recruiting.
  8. If Aranda leaves LSU, who would replace him as LSU DC? I think Barry Odom is probably getting a look from some schools looking for a DC. I wonder if Pete Golding will processed from Alabama. I could see Saban picking up Odom.
  9. But this two party dynamic can work with via headset with Morris in the pressbox and Gus on the sideline.
  10. Honestly a good move for Luke, who got a taste of head coaching. Now learn under one of the better program coaches out there, who learned from the master program coach. My guess is in a couple of years he will look for a Group of 5 head coaching job, and hope to go from there back into the Power 5.
  11. I am not sure this matters. Getting another offensive minded person who Gus trusts and respects in the planning room has more potential to open up Gus to different and better plays. Likewise, having someone on headset that Gus trusts and respects increases the chances that Gus calls better plays himself. Alternatively, there is possibility is two strong-willed personalities conflict. But I think the risk is worth it.
  12. Given Arkansas has to pay Morris $2.45 million a year (70% of $3.5 million), less any compensation Auburn provides him, we can easily afford Morris. If we paid Morris the same $500,000 we paid Dillingham, or if we paid Morris $1 million, Morris ends up with the same money.
  13. I think we should name the new Football only facility after him.
  14. “Pick 12” Two Pick 6s equals a Pick 12. Saban picked 12 players to be on the field during Auburn’s final 4th down.