In my opinion, Gus failed when he went away from an athletic QB is as simple as that. Because he refuses to change philosophy, he has to go this route. Last year , we had some bulldozers on the line and Kerryon Johnson who was beautiful as knowing when to delay for blocks or go when taking the hand off and not getting negative plays.
Gus maybe put to much stock into Stidham being able to see the field. Oline has been a problem but so has finding easy check down passes, crossing routes ect. They are there Stidham just sometimes fails to find them quick. My opinion Gus is trying to open up run with the WR screen and Jet sweeps which is not a bad idea but like I saw someone say early , everybody knows when these are coming due to personnel on field and same guys being in motion. Other option is to go deep which we did not do at all last night to stretch the field to open up the run.(One time and got a PI)I have been bothered a lot by the lack of deep balls we have thrown man to man against Slayton and especially Seth Williams. Those to guys will likely win jump ball , or at least break it up
Gus has been MOST successful when he can open run up with a legit dual threat QB. Nick Marshal has an absolute cannon but was not a good throwing QB . He was a freak of athlete who could do enough to hit open guys and throw a good 50/50 ball. I have not understood why in games we have been up and out of reach that Gus has not put in Willis just to see how things look. Go back to last week against Texas AM when he came in for one play in the red zone , simple hand off but like how UGA has used fields it forces those DE to respect and not crash on RB for a 2 yard loss.
Gus stubbornness to change for the players he has is what dug his grave. I believe (no insider) that he will be back next year no matter what I hear. Allen said it so its going to happen cause if is doesn't now it looks like (to me) he is being undermined and is not really making the calls.
Gus needs to get Bryant , or find another JUCO athletic QB for next year to get Auburn back to where is needs to be. Joey Gatewood, I haven't watched him since All American game but he looked to have the IT factor as far as being a freak athlete. Those all american games are almost just like backyard football but its against the top guys in the nation and he was making them look like little boys when he was running the ball. Not a great thrower but again just need someone to distribute well enough to keep defense off balance like Nick Marshall did.
Just my opinion