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    Next OL Coach

    True dat.
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    Gus’ Ceiling

    Amen. Amen. Amen.
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    Draft Eligible Players/Depth Chart 2018

    Depending on the severity of KJ's injuries, the situation may be comparable. If he has another shoulder surgery, then he may need to return to prove he can handle the pounding in the NFL. I think that is a big question mark for NFL teams considering him.
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    What is the key to an IB win?

    This is absolutely the key, the rest is just window-dressing. The OL is going to have to play like they did against Georgia instead of ULM, or it will be a replay of the Clemson game.
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    So who wants to keep him now?

    Let's see what he does against Alabama. If he reverts to form, then I'm ready to fire him. Saturday was just one game. It doesn't make up for LSU, Clemson, Clemson 2016, Georgia 2016, Georgia 2015, etc.
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    It was just one game, people. I didn't see much Saturday that was "ALL GUS" other than maybe he finally got out of the way and let his coaches do their job. Why did it take losing very winnable games against Clemson and LSU for him to figure this out? Clearly, Auburn has top 5 talent. Why did it take until the 10th game of the season for that to be evident? Coaching and lack of preparation, plain and simple. I saw a few differences in the passing game, which I'm sure was mostly Lindsey. But, really, the defense dominated, and Georgia did everything they could to give the game away. Kevin Steele deserves way more credit than what he is getting. So do the players. It felt like the players, especially the ones from Georgia, stood up, said "No more", laid it on the line, and dominated. Auburn wanted it more, way more. Maybe Georgia had a letdown after clinching the SEC East, or, more likely, they were simply over-rated. Their biggest victory previously was over Notre Dame, and you see how the Irish went into a shell against Miami. If Gus can get the team prepared to face Alabama and the players repeat their effort, then, win or lose, I will grant he has earned the right to return next season. If Gus reverts to form, then can we please all shut up about Gus having had some kind of epiphany? The players knew Gus was going to be fired if Auburn lost yet again when they had the more talented team, and they they put in a near super human effort to save his butt. This is what I saw Saturday.
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    Gus would be wise to look around

    If Clemson can, then Auburn can.
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    Gus would be wise to look around

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    Gus would be wise to look around

    Granted Auburn was looking for someone who could fix the offense, so Malzahn looked like a good choice. But, Malzahn mentored under Nutt and Chizik, and Smart mentored under Saban, one of the top college coaches ever. Maybe there was bias regarding Alabama and fear that Smart would bolt for Georgia, but Dye played at Georgia and coached at Alabama too. I, for one, also thought Malzahn was the better candidate at the time. I was wrong. Whoever becomes AD needs to have experience making these types of decisions, not just reaching for a familiar resource. Those who want Malzahn fired, for the most part, are looking to surpass the 8-win plateau consistently. Besides his first year, there is no evidence Malzahn can surpass this threshold, at least not in the SEC. He has been given all the resources necessary to succeed and succeed on a consistent basis. Instead, it is Malzahn himself and primarily his inability to adapt to game situations which have proven to be his downfall. No one is expecting a quick fix. A quick fix is not possible. It is going to take years to overcome the mismanagement of the athletic department. The only question is whether you are satisfied with 8-win seasons and losing to rivals every year or your expectations are higher. Are you willing to sacrifice some short-term gain to address the deep-seeded problems in the athletic department? As much as I dislike Saban personally, he has shown the capacity to change when necessary. For whatever reason, most SEC football coaches do not possess this ability. The list is very long of one-trick ponies who succeeded at a lower level and found brief success in the SEC before crashing and burning. All of them were good coaches. Some of them were good people. The quality that sets a few apart is the ability to modify their approach when the situation calls for it. As for nepotism, what more odorous example is there than Auburn? Alabama, prior to Saban's arrival. Saban changed the culture. He managed to get a lot of the deadwood out of a department which had struggled to find a replacement for Bryant for nearly a quarter century, repeatedly asking 'How did Bear do it?'. Saban brought in smart people who implemented a smarter approach. This is what so desperately needed at Auburn. Jay Jacobs was a product of the good ole boy network which has dominated the state of Alabama in general and Auburn's athletic department specifically forever. But, times have changed. Whatever success that archaic model achieved, it is no longer working. Whether Leath can hire an AD who can overcome, I don't know. But, clearly, that is what is called for. Regardless of whether the next AD has Auburn ties or not, they need to have experience running an athletic department at a fairly high level or an NFL franchise, someone who has displayed a toughness and willingness to adopt change irregardless of the pain and turnover it causes. Anything less, and we are going to go down the same path of bumbling, fumbling, and repeatedly pissing away opportunities to succeed. And, the only businessmen which should be considered should be in the business of running an athletic department.
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    Gus would be wise to look around

    Fuentes is good, but I'm not sure he is ready for the SEC just yet. Leave him in a Power 5 conference to earn his chops, and he's might be a hot commodity in a couple years. What about Tee Martin, if we could get Steele and the rest of the defensive coaches to remain on staff? The USC offense has looked unstoppable most of the year. I guess Sam Darnold would make any OC look good, but Martin has recruited some serious talent. He's from Mobile too. And, you know Tennessee must already be interested.
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    Gus would be wise to look around

    In regards to finding a coach, the starting point would be finding someone with a proven track record of doing more with less than the other way around. We already have one of those.
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    Gus would be wise to look around

    Why are some assuming this isn't a good year to hire a head coach? Because no young or unknown head coach has stood out? Whomever Auburn hires will be coaching this year as well as next. We just need a competent search committee to find them. Who says we have to limit the search to college coaches either? You can't tell me there isn't someone qualified in the NFL who would take the job.
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    Praise for Coach Malzahn

    Well said and ditto. I saw nothing yesterday, or at any point this season, that makes me think we have any chance of scoring enough points to beat either Georgia or Alabama. Maybe Georgia has a letdown after clinching the East and beats itself, but Auburn's offense isn't going to beat Georgia.
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    Coordinators Silence

    We should know after the trip to College Station.