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  1. We went through significant health issues with our two boys when they were growing up. They are now grown and healthy now but the nightmares, fears and uncertainty remain. If you haven't had a sick child, you don't know what it is. I am sorry you and your family are having to endure this. Prayers sent and will continue.
  2. If it is a close game, I don't think DJ will even sniff the field unless somebody brings him a blade of grass.
  3. I don't think he is a bad coach either, but he has made some really bad decisions: Incorrect assessment of JJ's potential as the starting QB. This has been one I haven't been able to forget Poor RB and O-line recruiting. I find this one especially odd since he has stated frequently that "We are a downhill power running football team". How do you do that without a good offensive line and a stable of SEC backs? The entire OC debacle that we have witnessed over the last few seasons Tendency to become myopic in game situations, like running on first down an inordinate number of times and mostly without success He has also made some good decisions: Keeping CRG as the defensive line coach Hiring CTW as the line backers coach Hiring Cadillac to coach running backs Re-assuming OC responsibilities as well as being head coach (up until the FL game) I think he is beginning to understand that a coach must be both a great recruiter and a good developer of talent He reminds me of a person trying to put out a brush fire with a broom. While he is beating down one hot spot, another is popping up behind him. He has to have assistants that are willing and able to handle a broom also. I don't know what his future is at AU, but I do feel like he can be successful somewhere.
  4. I think we might have been the worst third and long defensive team I have ever seen. I would always hope for third and manageable because I thought we would have a better chance of getting a stop if the other team had three yards or less to gain! I suspect if all Auburn fans had to endure that tenure again we might have a different outlook on the current situation. I won't name the DC out of respect for the deceased.
  5. I have observed his footwork getting worse over the last couple of games, even on some throws he completed. Very surprising considering how much training he has had to this point in his career. Not sure what to think about it except maybe it is a by product of the defense not respecting our running game. CGM's passing offense has historically only worked when he had a very effective running game forcing the defense to think "stop the run" first. The best example of this I can remember was late in the 2013 Alabama game with us trailing 28-21. We got the ball back and CGM called three straight running plays barely getting a first down. The clock was running down and I was furious with CGM. What was he thinking? Then Nick Marshall pulled the ball on the hand-off fake and ran to his left showing the Alabama corner back exactly what he was looking for, Nick Marshall to keep the ball and run down field. The cornerback released his coverage and came up to get Marshall except it wasn't a QB run, it was a pass to Sammy Coates that went for a touchdown and tied the game. Most people remember the Kick-6 play but to me this was the play of the game. I am old enough to remember some bad games or portions of games that Pat Sullivan had but I honestly don't remember him getting worse as the game progressed. The thing I find most disturbing about the Florida loss was our young QB playing worse late in the game. Thanks for writing these articles. They help guys like me understand more about the game.
  6. I think the root cause of all of our offensive woes are due to only adequate interior offensive line play and not play calling. They pass block adequately but struggle to move defensive lineman on running plays. When we have had o-lines that could move SEC defensive lineman, the zone read was successful and the passing game became adequate. We don't have it now and we almost certainly won't have it next year. I don't see any quick fix for this issue, and for the life of me, I can't understand why CGM has not made o-line recruiting the very highest priority. If that meant hiring a different position coach or hiring an o-line coach that was a better recruiter than teacher then that is what he should have done. I fear now that the opportunity to do that has left the station.
  7. @StatTiger. You do remember the confidence CGM once had in JJ, and the disaster that turned out to be. I personally do not have confidence in CGM's ability to evaluate, recruit, recognize, and develop players. I suspect he knows that he is not good at these things and that is why only (18) players got into the game on offense against Florida. I am hopeful that he made the correct choice between Bo and JG, but I do not have great faith that he did so.
  8. A loss down there in three weeks and we won't have to worry about the SEC championship game. I anticipate a "curb stomping" of Arkansas followed by trouble in Baton Rouge.
  9. @NorthGATiger, you were so right!
  10. I don't have a good feeling about this one. I see it this way: What was supposed to be an improved O-line has been suspect against both quality opponents and now they have some injuries. They will not be able to run block A&M The quarterback is going to get a lot of pressure from blitzing corners, safeties, and linebackers and it won't end well. It will probably mean that Whitlow will get most of the snaps because of his pass blocking Before the season I felt like the receivers would be the most suspect group on the team and now they have some injuries. I expect their tendency to be inconsistent to be exacerbated against A&M As others on this board have stated, CGM's offense works best when he can get substantial yardage running the ball on first down. We won't be able to do that against A&M on any down. I can't, for the life of me, understand why CGM did not make sure we would have the personnel we need to have a really good O-line. The fact that he didn't or couldn't may well be, in the final analysis, his undoing Kick coverage has been bad and the only explanation I can think of is that we didn't work hard enough in fall camp. It seems to me that CGM's teams have always taken three or four games to assume their final identity I hate this part but I see it, A&M - 27, AU - 9. I SO HOPE I AM WRONG!
  11. Have you looked at the buyout at the end of this season plus the money owed to assistants? We may well lose five games but I think he will be back in (2020). My guess is that a new facility, the existing staff financial obligations, and the cost of a new coaching staff might be north of (90) million. Yikes!
  12. I would like to listen to the entire podcast right now @JMR but my wife has me booked until at least Sunday afternoon. She is on a campaign as I write to get ready for a very early start to Stone Mountain for the Yellow Daisy Festival . Saturday morning we are off again to some place south of Atlanta and Sunday morning we will be off to church. She hasn't had time to plan for Sunday afternoon just yet. Thank goodness I am retired and can recover several days during the week.
  13. It appeared to me, watching the game on TV, that Whitlow was getting a lot of yards after and during heavy contact. He was probably taking a beating for his effort. Martin seemed to be picking a soft spot and getting through it pretty quickly. I also thought he ran with determination. Shivers, I just don't know. I don't think he had very many good opportunities. I suspect it was like, as Terry Henly once said, "It was like running in a syrup bucket". I read @StatTiger post before the game comparing Auburn and Oregon national player rankings by position group. The Auburn defensive line was far superior to the Oregon offensive line. On the other hand, the Auburn offensive line was slightly inferior to the Oregon defensive line. The game, after the first quarter or so, unfolded according to those two comparisons. We had a very difficult time getting push on their defensive line and they could not run on ours (AU). Thank you @StatTiger for doing this analysis work and letting all of us benefit from it.
  14. I just looked at the latest computer model output graphics and the compiled forecast track has shifted east. Keeping my fingers crossed that this will be a "fish storm" and the people of Florida and the southeast will be spared. Link: I always read the forecast discussion in addition to looking at the computer model outputs.
  15. 1) OL play 2) Lack of a pass rush 3) DL and linebackers not stopping the Oregon running game
  16. If I list a score it would be nothing more than a SWAG so I won't. I do think the key to the game will be the battle between our O-line and their D-line. If AU gets good push on their D-line, we win comfortably. If they don't, we are all going to have a bad case of indigestion.
  17. Welp, I was wrong. I still think JG is a better choice for CGM's offense. That is especially true given all of the reports of drops from the receiver's and the number of that group that are coming back from injuries. Anyway, JG just became the best quarterback on the team, without question. The number two guy always is.
  18. Don't be surprised if it's the two's. Last scrimmage I think the OL struggled against the one's and the two's.
  19. I agree. It has been my contention that the wheels come off in 2020, mainly because of the OL and maybe a few holes in the defense. Skill positions should be good, but you can't win without the big guys up front.
  20. We are talking about a ($7) million/year man here. It seems to me we are banking on external influences to prod him in the direction we think he needs to move. I find this very concerning.
  21. Did I miss something? I don't see Smoke Monday listed with the first or second defense.
  22. Maybe Oregon is doing their own evaluation and they are probably going to try to force which ever quarterback is in the game to do what they percieve that individual is less proficient at or least comfortable with. Using this logic I believe JG will be the starter for the following reasons: We have a veteran offensive line that should be proficient at run blocking We have some pretty good running backs and JG is reportedly a very prolific runner JG is bigger than BN and should be able to handle the physical beating a running quarterback is going to absorb better The running game is going to be harder to stop than the passing game, especially early season If we are able to control the ball on the ground it will keep their offense off the field If the running game is keeping the ball away from Oregon, eventually they will have to bring their safetys down. We know that CGM likes to run the ball and throw deep I know I am not qualified to instruct you or most on this board about football strategy but this stuff just seems like common sense, at least to a layman.