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  1. Don't know if Stat would be interested in doing this but it would be intersting to know if Gus passed more on first down when he had a QB he trusted to do that - IE Cam, Nick or the 2009 guy [ can't think of his name at the moment ]. Also it would be fascinating to scout our offensive formations and personel to see what our tendencies are from that formation and personel group. In other words how much information are we telegraphing [tweating in todays terms] the defense by the way we line up.
  2. Opining all things Gus (Merged)

    Quick, let's hire this guy! Ex-Citadel coach Mike Houston's formula working again at James Madison The Post and Courier · 17 hours ago Ex-Citadel coach Mike Houston leads JMU to national title The Post and Courier · 36 mins ago How JMU ended North Dakota State’s streak and reached the title game in a new coach’s first year SB Nation
  3. Staff Changes

    This is the guy that I would love to see us bring in. Randy Shannon is a Co D coordinator at Florida and is making 400,000$. He is a great recruiter and has great contacts with the Florida high school coaches. His defenses at Miami and now Florida speak for themselves. In 2001, Miami Hurricanes head coach Larry Coker hired Shannon to be the Canes' defensive coordinator. That year Miami won the BCS National Championship, and Shannon received the Broyles Award recognizing him as the best assistant coach in college football. The Hurricanes' 2001 national championship team is widely considered to be one of the greatest college football teams of all time. During Shannon's six years as the Hurricanes defensive coordinator, his defenses consistently finished among the best in the nation: 2001 – 6th 2002 – 7th 2003 – 2nd 2004 – 28th 2005 – 4th 2006 – 7th
  4. Staff Changes

    Getting ugly now!
  5. Staff Changes

    Every D coordinator in the country that runs a 4 man front runs some version of the nickel, or 4-2-5 as some call it. With the spread packages of the day you have to have more DB's on the field. Otherwise you have matchup problems. Looks like they are running a lot of 5 under 2 deep. They are not tackling very well which is scary.
  6. Thompson

    Would love to see them bring in Randy Shannon. Lots of upside.
  7. I love Malzahn...BUT

    And it is also possible we don't make it. What then? Gus made the proper call.
  8. Yea, look for it to come out about the week of the Iron Bowl. Anything to get an edge for the crimson ripple.
  9. Talent Level

    Yep! I have thought all along that we are looking at 2 more recruiting cycles to bring us up to speed. When our current younguns are juniors and seniors backed up by a couple top 10 classes it will make all the difference. These kids are learning every week what it takes to be a warrior in the world of SEC football. They are getting there and will carry that mentality into spring and fall. Incoming freshmen will be impacted and learn very fast what it is going to take for them to compete and get on the field. I for one am excited about our future. We just need to hold on and get behind these kids and coaches and get them into a good bowl game . Those extra days of practice will go a long way toward getting us prepared for the next year.
  10. Most impressed/Least impressed

    The biggest problem on defense to me was the confusion. Confusion breeds people trying to figure out what to do instead of reacting and doing it. That will get you killed. U S did a good job of taking advantage of our inexperience, creating confusion and getting us out of position. We also lost outside leverage on several critical plays - the QB run for a TD. Tackling needs some work. L B's struggled at times but hung in and did some good things as well. They were determined to make us throw to win but we did not take advantage and throw on first down. On the positive side special teams really looked good and played a huge part in giving us a chance to win at the end. The Mason return was huge and made up for some loss on offense. Obviously the onside kick was perfectly executed and was a game changer. They could not defend our receivers and it showed at the end. We did not give up, even though a lot of people were leaving. And obviously the team was well prepared to execute the things that they had to do at the end to pull out the win. That is a Gene Chizik trade mark!
  11. Not 2 day baby!!

    Ugly but I will take it. Give the puppies a chance to grow up. PS - Sorry but thought the offensive play calling was killing us until the last 4 minutes of the game. It was obvious they could not defend our receivers. We needed to be throwing the ball.
  12. Never Give Up! Never Never Give Up!
  13. *Jonathon Jones commits to Auburn*

    Yes, he does come up and take out the slot like a true baller. No, the video doesn't show any press man. BTW- Never said the guy couldn't do it. I'm very happy to have a kid with his skills and class coming in. I have too agree, there is no press..He uses his speed to play back and hope he doesn't get out foxed my a nifty move.. otherwise, a heavy hitter indeed!! I have to agree as well. No press man! Sorry if it was confusing but I purposely used the phrase tight man. In one of the clips I referred to the D is in a 50 front playing 4 deep. It looks like he is 4 - 5 yds off the flanker in man. In HS ball that is fairly tight vs. say 7 =8 yds off. Most high school coaches like to keep everything in front of their DB's. You can't see much on the tape but it appears that he back pedals with the flanker and then comes off and really pops the fullback in the flat who drops the ball. Nice play. The other play I was drawn to it looks like they are in a 4 - 3 D using a 5 under 2 deep cover package. He is playing a little deeper and has outside coverage but is able to come off his guy and make the play on the slot running an out. Seems to have great instincts for the ball.
  14. *Jonathon Jones commits to Auburn*

    If you take a closer look at the tape you will see that he is in tight man on the corner on several plays but comes off his back pedal and comes up and makes the hit on the slot running an out or on a back running a flat route [ normally picked up by a linebacker ]. What you see on those plays is a great sense of timing on the hit and incredible closing speed. A couple other times he is in zone and they try a quick slant but he comes up and crushes the guy. You hear coaches talk all the time about closing speed. This guy has it! Welcome to The War Eagle Family Jonathon.
  15. Replay of Iron Bowl HAPPY BAGMAN DAY!

    Loved it at the end of the game with bama down by one and neither Julio nor Hanks wanted the ball. They got pounded by the Auburn D and were all done for the day.