I do wonder how different this team would look with a RS Senior Tyler Queen throwing to Nate Craig-Myers and Kyle Davis.
I do agree O-Line is our biggest detriment to the offense. And I know conventional wisdom says that experience and cohesion make for a good O-Line, but I've also seen LSU start 3 freshmen against us in 2017 and lead them to 24 unanswered points and a win.
Prior to yesterday, I had actually thought our O-Line was improving this year and looking better this season. But they looked bad yesterday. Vs Tennessee bad. I watched Defensive Ends flying untouched, not even looked at. To me that seems more mental than physical. And in a no huddle system, I don't understand how you have THAT much confusion at the line... So of course that snowballs, now your True Freshman QB is running for his life and if your lucky downing the ball to avoid the loss in yardage.
But yesterday was a complete offensive collapse. Play calling was suspect at times but often times I saw what was supposed to happen and yet the players didn't execute. Missed blocking assignments, overthrown/underthrown passes, hitting the wrong hole, dropping passes, etc... You can have the perfect play drawn up, but that's only half of the battle.
But if our Offensive Line could get even 10% better, that could be the difference of say: an extra half second in the pocket for Bo, an extra couple yards on the run... Even for as bad as we looked yesterday it felt like success was just dangling right out of reach. That's why I think it's the key to unlocking the teams potential.
Lastly, I think we underestimated Florida (and Ben-Griffen Stadium). I think Dan Mullen is an asshat but he spent 2-weeks prepping for this game and obviously did his homework, and when the ball bounced their way, they capitalized on it. We sorely need to learn how to stop letting these 5-10 yard passes keep slashing our defense. It has been our Achilles' Heel since before I can remember. I do believe we can move forward from this, but I nor anyone on this forum truly know if we will or not.
I know Gus has pissed in many a posters' Cheerios and that has caused them to completely write off him and his staff. I remain agnostic. I've seen turnarounds engineered, I've seen stall outs. But let's accept that this one loss was not on Gus, was not on Bo, was not on the OL, or the Defense or Special Teams... It was on everybody.
So let's put this one behind and support Auburn moving forward.