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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I think we should name the new Football only facility after him.
  5. “Pick 12” Two Pick 6s equals a Pick 12. Saban picked 12 players to be on the field during Auburn’s final 4th down.
  6. But Pawwlll!!! Why wuzn't Shivers called for targeting!
  7. Who was the coach when you first identified as an Auburn fan: Pat Dye What was the cause of you identifying as an Auburn fan: Decided to attend Auburn as a high school student, because I wanted to study engineering. I think it was the 1983 season (would have been the fall of my senior year in high school). Both of my parents went to Alabama. What is your all time favorite Auburn moment or memory: 1989 Iron Bowl, "First Time Ever". That was my 6th football season as an Auburn student. I stayed at Auburn after my bachelor's to get a master's degree.
  8. There is zero upside to Gatewood leaving mid-season. By leaving, I assume it means he is giving up his scholarship, his stipend, and his access to athletic department facilities. The only reason I could see for quitting mid-season is if he needed to focus on academics to ensure he can transfer at the end of the semester. Otherwise he is giving up strength and conditioning coaching, position coaching, practice, film study, and a sports dietician. And possible playing time against Ole Miss and Samford. He is a second-stringer, not a 3rd or 4th stringer, not a walk-on, not a scout-team guy. He practices every day with the twos. He gets considerable direct coaching. He is the film room with the other QBs every time. We have become obsessed with pure talent, and high school star ratings. Coaching is overrated. The star talent just need to playing time to prove to the world they are a world beater. Where coaches don't now what they are talking about, they just need to put the most talented on the field and let them win the game. We believe every sport is now basketball, a "strong link" sport, where raw talent alone leads you to the title. Guess what? All of that is probably true in high school football, where the talent differential between a handful of four or five stars and hundreds of zero stars is game changing. Gatewood is currently in his redshirt freshman year. His best path may be to go JUCO for his sophomore year and restart his recruitment. Alternatively, he could enter the portal, finish out the year, and transfer at the end of the semester. The only thing he would need to miss is the bowl game. He would have to sit out his sophomore year, but would get two spring practices, two fall practices, and an entire season of coaching.
  9. Coe is listed as 6'5" and 291 lbs. Davidson is listed as 6'3" and 278. Brown is listed as 6'5" and 318. Coe is plenty big enough to play 4-3 SDE and a 3-4 DE. His length makes him a good fit for a 4-3 DT (3-Tech). His is a little heavier than the typical college 4-3 SDE, and a little lighter than the typical NFL 3-Tech. I always thought he would project as a 3-4 DE in the NFL, and perhaps a 4-3 SDE. I do not see him in a 4-3 WDE or 3-4 Edge OLB (Buck/Jack/LEO). There were earlier comments by a former player on how hard it is to move inside after being an outside player. That probably had a lot to do with Byron Cowart's issues. Cowart played as a WDE in high school, usually in a Wide-9 technique. It could be contributing to issues with Coe. We have played a lot of different fronts this year. We have moved our three interior DLs around into every position. But every modern defense is multiple today, with players shifting around. I hope Coe gets over his issues.
  10. I honestly think football is evolving back to this. Call it the "West Coast" passing scheme, if you want. Defenses have adapted to the Power Spread's bubble screens and the Air Raid's "4 Verticals". The best RPOs are the ones that combine and inside zone run with a quick slant to a #2 WR as the pass. It does not have to be an RPO. Any inside run play action pulls the inside LB towards the line and creates an opening in the middle of the field for the quick slant. That play has been all over the NFL the last several years, and became popular in college a couple of years ago. Bubble screens scare me because they seem to be ripe for a Pick 6. I think they have a place if combined with other short routes. Modern college defenses love to run hybrid coverage where the CBs play man against the #1 WRs if the #1 WRs go deep. If they go on a dig our out, the CBs revert to zone coverage. To me, this seems ideal for underneath routes such as the RB on a wheel route, or the #2 WR on an out under the #1 WR going deep. Some of the Air Raid offenses are going back to these concepts.
  11. It makes sense to throw more to open up the running lanes given we don't have Boobie. But also, to get LSU concerned about defending the entire field.
  12. These new pass-first spread offenses are not the like the Air Raid offenses of the past. They are a hybrid of RPOs and traditional passing concepts. They also maintain a running ability, so they don't break down in short yardage like Air Raid can (and the Run and Shoot before it did). Also, the older pass-first spread offenses liked to stress the width of the field with WR bubble screens, and the length of the field with vertical routes. So they tended not to target the middle as much. These newer offenses love slants and digs. I do think the "Power Spread" run-first spread offenses made famous by Urban Meyer, Dan Mullen, and the 2010 Auburn Tigers has faded, as has the "Spread Option" run-first spread offenses of Rich Rodriguez and the 2013 Auburn Tigers. With Bo Nix, we should definitely keep expanding our passing game.
  13. Marlon Davidson! I saw him in the 3rd quarter come from the DL's right side into the backfield on a blitz, the play was an RB run up the middle (I think a draw), and then Davidson was in on the tackle along with the safeties after about an 8 year gain by the RB. That is just freakish for a 280lb defensive end. He has an incredible motor. I also love how Steel is moving his three interior DLs around. I saw Nick Coe at nose tackle and Derrick Brown at a 5-Tech DE position one snap. That has to make things challenging for opposing offensive linemen.
  14. I heard about Sumlin's mild tweet. This AggieScoop guy's response is stunning. Does 247 condone that kind of behavior from its employees? Regarding Jimbo. If you look at his recruiting classes his last few years at FSU, he was recruiting with the best. I do not understand how a team stacked with so much talent could end up a dumpster fire. It takes a special kind of talent and skill to ruin that. I don't think aTm is going to get what they expected out of Jimbo. Part of it comes with being in the SEC West with Alabama, LSU, and Auburn. This year they had Clemson and will have Georgia.