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  1. AUBourne

    New approach in bowl preparation

    Well I am definitely negative in my thoughts on the future under Gus as head coach I really thought we had a gem in him that would dominate offensively. I thought we would have a dynamic offense that recruits flocked to. But his failure to evolve, develop QBs, develop a passing game, poor decisions on assist hires has taken away any confidence I had in him. But I also don't post or come here enough to care what people think of me.
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    New approach in bowl preparation

    I am amazed out how much you got wrong there. I never claimed Purdue was not capable of beating AU. Not sure if you just misread what I wrote or just decided to make stuff up. Not once did I criticize Purdue but your entire first paragraph is a based on this false premise. It was hard to keep reading after that but I soldiered on. The reason why we agreed at the end is because we both agree that Gus has (probably) failed to develop another QB yet again. That was pretty much the summary of my whole post. The fact that next season, the most important thing that Gus faces (not this bowl game) Auburn will be playing an untested QB with no experience for the coaching staff to base any decisions on. Sounds to me that Gus decided short term success is more important than next season because he has not been capable of recruiting and preparing a HS QB. And next season is going to be a disaster and he knows it. It is obvious that how AU practices does not allow for a true evaluation of QB play (see Jeremy Johnson, injured Sean White, Kiehl Frazier, etc). If Willis plays and looks horrible then I think that would and should effect reps in spring practice which in turn impacts next season. That's pretty simple. Practice and experience impacts play and coaching decision. . If 3 or 4 guys are sharing reps then nobody is getting the amount of practice time (especially the true freshman) to develop. Who told you the coaching staff expects a true freshman to win the starting job next year? Please provide a link to a coach saying this. Because I think you are making stuff up. If the rest of the QBs on our roster including Willis are not capable of leading this team to a win against Purdue how are we going to beat Oregon, LSU, UGA, Alabama, MSU, UT, etc? I am saying that after 6 years of recruiting, coaching and preparing Gus should have a QB on roster that he recruited out of HS that can successfully lead the offense. And playing that QB is more beneficial for next season than letting them rot on the bench.
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    New approach in bowl preparation

    People use that excuse for the UCF loss. AU lost to a team mostly made up of 1 and 2 star recruits and a part time coaching staff that was already working for another school. So people needed an excuse. But in reality AU came out with a poor game plan that limited the chance for success. Calling slow developing run plays against a small team that used speed to get penetration and beat AU to the point of attack. The problem was not execution or desire, it was coaching and a lack of adjustments.
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    New approach in bowl preparation

    I thought every game was important. Doesnt he do everything he can to win every game? So this time he really means it, like double pinkie finger swear, gosh darn it. But why is this game so important? He is not getting fired because of this team or this season. What changes if Auburn doesn't win? Who thinks 5 or 6 losses next year is okay as long as we beat Purdue in a bowl?
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    New approach in bowl preparation

    If we cant win this game without Stidham then next year is a disaster waiting to happen. Smart move is to play Willis and verify he is not the next Jeremy Johnson and hope he has the game day "it factor". And anyone that thinks a full game of experience is not important must not have been watching the early season games under Gus. Or football in general. Maybe Gus can even figure out what Willis does well before the 3rd game next year. If he performs like Kiehl Frazier or JJ in the bowl then the reps in spring probably look much different. Stidham made a business decision to do what is right for him. The head coach of Auburn needs to do the same. Who to play is not about being nice. It's about winning and winning big next year. Maybe Gus' coach speak about his confidence in next years QB situation was just garbage though and no QB other than Stidham has been prepared to lead. In fact based on past results I'm going to believe that until proven otherwise.
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    Roster outlook: Quarterback

    I have long had the impression that Gus values experience over talent. I have also seen every single QB that came to Auburn straight out of HS fail under Gus. But looking at the roster I think Nix is probably going to be the best prepared to run an offense and read a defense because of his father. But Willis has taken the most snaps so I think he will be the QB. I also think his skill set works best with the limitations Gus brings with his passing game philosophy. Just my own feelings and most might disagree but I feel like Gus is better off playing a true dual threat QB with a basic understanding of reading defense and below average accuracy than trying to make a NFL level pocket passer work within the scheme that Gus has the ability to run. edit to add: Is Gus idea of playing to a QBs strength to switch from more RPO with a dual threat QB to more screens with a Pro Passer? Or is there some other nuance I am missing?
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    The State of the program

    I don't think anyone has said that he can not hire one of his yes men. Based on his past it is expected. Just because the school is not willing to throw massive amounts of money for a multi year deal with a buyout to Freeze does not mean Gus can not pick someone else he wants. The school would be stupid to agree to another huge buyout for an OC. Not throwing more money away that will be sorely needed after next year seems like the best plan to me.
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    The State of the program

    He has averaged 5 losses a year the past 5 seasons. This is all his fault. Many times he has chosen to hire his buddies over qualified coaches. He gets completely out coached in the 2nd half against teams consistently. I wouldn't want to throw away massive money for another faux coordinator either. Not hard to understand why the administration doesn't want to pay the buyout or waste money for a QB coach with an inflated job title. Gus is a lame duck coach with a proven record of mediocrity that gets another season because of the contract. Investing even more money in long term contracts with large buyouts for his yes men would be silly. Not like he is going to allow a new OC to pick his own assistants and actually improve the offense.
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    Auburn is the new Tenn

    The difference between AU and Clemson is competent leadership and a long term plan. Clemson invested in facilities for students and athletics and that is paying off. Clemson's success is proof of AU incompetence. AU has a better recruiting footprint, makes more money, gets more exposure, member of a better conference but has a program lagging behind by every measure in facilites and results. In a horrible year with youth and injuries Auburn should not lose to mediocre teams outside of the Power Seven (Alabama, LSU, UGA, UF, UT, A&M). Those type of losses consistently, as we are seeing now, proves AU is on the wrong path and has a subpar coaching staff. But when comparing programs to Clemson the coaching staffs are not the only issue.
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    Tickets to Dayton game on 12/8?

    Tickets belong to season ticket holders. They pay at least $750 per seat for TUF on top of the face value for ticket for those lower seats.
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    Chip Lindsey

    Gross. Really? Another friend hire. And another guy that has spent most of his time in high school and with Gus. His last 3 years at USCe was as the RB coach. What experience developing QBs or college passing attacks does he have? I don't think Gus could be that dense?
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    Is Gus coaching for his job against A&M?

    Oklahoma, Georgia, Clemson were all in the playoffs last year. All 3 hired an assistant to be head coach. This path seems much more likely to me considering Gus buyout. I don't think Gus is getting fired though.
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    Is Gus coaching for his job against A&M?

    I get tired of people saying the offensive line is not executing. When the coaches run the most predictable offense with glaring tells based on trends and formations the players don't have a chance to execute because the other team knows what happening before the ball is snapped. The coaches are responsible for self analyzing and giving our players a chance. And it should not take 3 games or 7 games to adjust. The UCF game should have been a wake up call. I remember Gus fought to make Chip his OC. He had a chance to bring in a respected coordinator to help provide guidance and install an actual legit passing game to go with his run game. He chose to bring in a yes man instead. This reoccurring mess of dysfunctional play calling and vanilla play design is a sum of Gus' brand. I don't see any improvement in the trajectory of the program since CCL was brought in. In fact the SEC record since 2013 is not good and I see no reason to think the program is heading in the right direction. And getting beat by MSU again, in year 6, and whipped by a terrible UT team tells me exactly what type of quality our coach is.
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    My Thoughts From the Stadium (Arkansas)

    Well the tone in my section was pretty negative towards the offensive coaches and Gus. Kind of took some enjoyment out being there. One fellow and his two kids left early in the game out of frustration after a bad offensive play. Couple of guys dropping F bombs and others adding scattered boos all game for play calls and lack of production. I was just trying to enjoy being in the stadium with my kids because we only make a 1 or 2 games a year. I understand why folks are mad though. Our stability ($) and talent level should produce and look more finished at this point in the season. Regardless after finishing the 8 hour drive back home and washing the love bugs off my car in the dark last night I think I'm done for the season. Cost/aggravation not worth the satisfaction received.