BigWhiskey91

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  1. BigWhiskey91

    the X's and O's of Malzahn's Offense

    Atleast I make the excuses for everyone 😂😂😂
  2. BigWhiskey91

    the X's and O's of Malzahn's Offense

    Not that we did ALL aid these that you posted, but I think that’s why the first UGA game in 2017 felt so good. The play calling and timing of the counters to their blitz calls were fantastic. The Ryan Davis TD thrown into the blitz off the wideside and the throw back screen to KJ to ice the game. Same with the Iron Bowl. There was even a play where Ryan Davis and Hastings high fives each other on a crossing route that went to Ryan for a big gain. Those two games we also attempted as many passes as we did rushes in the first half though. We threw to open up the run. Imagine that. I agree with what you’re saying though. It just sucks cause we have seen glimpses of what this offense can do when we break tendencies and press a bit. We’re gonna need to use the backs a lot more in the passing game this year too. Especially if our OL proves to me porous. Here’s to hoping we see evolution in 2018!
  3. BigWhiskey91

    SEC Coach Blasts Malzahn

    We came out with boots/socks that had a good amount of orange on them against Louisville in 2015 too. I never played football, but when I played soccer, I hated playing games while breaking in cleats. I’m sure some of the footing issues we had that day weren’t helped by the stiff boots either.
  4. BigWhiskey91

    What was your first Auburn game?

    2000 AU vs Wyoming. RUDI JOHNSON!! RUDI JOHNSON!!! RUUUUDI JOHNSONNN!!!!!!!
  5. BigWhiskey91

    SEC Coach Blasts Malzahn

    I think Mullen did a great job at State. He times always played us tough until 2016. I think he has a more sophisticated passing game, but he has made some questionable game planning decisions as well. Hell, every HC has at some point. What I wonder about with Mullen is how he handles UF and it’s PTB/Expectations.
  6. BigWhiskey91

    SEC Coach Blasts Malzahn

    We kinda lost more than one player though. KJ, Carlton Davis, Davidson (or Brown can’t remember), all left at some point in the game. I want to say Matthews even got banged up too. Also, that game was a 1 score game heading into the 4th quarter. Blocked FG and redzone fumbles were absolute killers in that game considering how much of a struggle it was to move the ball.
  7. BigWhiskey91

    SEC Coach Blasts Malzahn

    LOL. Grimes, you are our only hope!!!
  8. BigWhiskey91

    SEC Coach Blasts Malzahn

    The handling of Whitehead was very concerning if what I’ve heard/read is true. I agree, Muschamp was instrumental in the culture change. I have been very impressed by our defenses progress over the last 3 years, and just like Muschamp, I really enjoy listening to Steele’s pressers and the few pre game clips he’s been in. Kinda off topic, but I also wonder if Muschamp also had a hand in our offensive “regression”. Not in the since of success, but our plays per game dropped by 15-20 plays compared to other Gus offenses. Coincidence most likely, but can’t help but wonder if it was a combined effort to help protect the team from its own weaknesses. Interestingly enough I was looking at Auburn’s offensive stats going back to 1992 and noticed that Malzahns offenses have averaged around the same plays per game as Terry Bowden’s.
  9. BigWhiskey91

    SEC Coach Blasts Malzahn

    👍 I fear that despite how deep we are on defense and how many skill guys we have, our OL is going to have us pulling our hair out a few games.
  10. BigWhiskey91

    SEC Coach Blasts Malzahn

    Oh no doubt. My point was that it was a lot of experience to lose and our unique lack of RB rotation exponentially increased how critical their health was. Im not saying that Malzahn is perfect at all. In fact the one thing I constantly scratch my head about with him is our RB position in terms of recruitment and handling. If he is going to say martin is too small for Clemson’s linebackers, then why are we recruiting backs he doesn’t want to utilize?
  11. BigWhiskey91

    SEC Coach Blasts Malzahn

    All young backs. Sure they are talented, but losing those two backs is certainly a lot of experience and big pieces to the gameplan that they go through week to week. My point is we were obviously handicapped. And due to our lack of RB rotation we heavily impacted by it. Despite how healthy their backfield was for the rematch, it was still a one score game entering the 4th quarter.
  12. BigWhiskey91

    SEC Coach Blasts Malzahn

    Not as easy to multiquote on Mobile. The talent of 2014 defense was fine until depth issues surfaced. Some may even point at culture as an issue as well which plays a part in the performance. This was addressed. You say that losing one player shouldn’t cause that type of impact but it absolutely can. Lawson helped keep OLs from keying on Monty Adams and that was a huge part of 2016s DL being so dominant. Monty seemed to disappear when Lawson was out. The article talks a lot about he loss to UGA which is why I addressed. I did not excuse the loss to UCF at any point. No complaints here about that. I attended that game and listened to UCF fans all afternoon. I get what youre saying about the LSU loss, but I don’t know if we go on the run we went on without it. Obviously it sucked, but much like the Troy loss was to LSU, it was a turning point in our season. We were just talented enough to run the table and make it to the SEC title. If it was based on his injury injury only, many suggested he would be available as early as Iron Bowl week. We can all speculate, but that is still a talented back that wasn’t available. You can pour at his performances against those teams, but he wasn’t healthy for UGA, Bama or Clemson. No one was going to have success against LSU with the way we approached closing that game out. Wasnt your first statement about those teams that we had enough talent to run the table? That is what I was disagreeing with. There are 3 other SEC schools that typically out recruit us ranking wise that we play annually. It is what it is. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t beat them or that Malzahn is perfect. I am just saying that there are several reasons why Auburn hasn’t been consistent in the last 20-25 years. Even during the 2004-2006 success run we had, the complaints were still around so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
  13. BigWhiskey91

    SEC Coach Blasts Malzahn

    That is not what I said at all. I said it was the most complete team since Malzahn took over. I stand by that too. The 2014 squad lacked the talent at LB and the depth of the talent was suspect. Lawson being out in 2014 and 2015 was very apparent and our pass rush suffered greatly from it. Also, I believe our HC made a change at DC and got the best available to replace him. Not sure what else Malzahn could’ve done in that situation. EDIT: I see someone already clarified that. But since you asked how it changes the message, I’ll go into that. It changes because it adds context. The 2013 and 2014 offense were brilliant and had everyone willing to give Malzahn the benefit of the doubt going into 2015. The 2017 team was very dominant and finished the regular season as one of the hottest teams in the country. I said as much in my original post but I will say it again. We went into the SEC title game with our 200+ yd performer (in the first matchup) banged up and should’ve been unavailable. Not only that, but our other 1000yd rusher had been unavailable since he last played against Arkansas. UGA wouldve been just as anemic if they had to deal with Chubb and Michel in a similar fashion.
  14. BigWhiskey91

    SEC Coach Blasts Malzahn

    I disagree with 2014 and 2015. Offensively we had the firepower in 2014, but our defense had issues. Especially in 2014. Hell even with 2017, we moved on from Hand who did nothing for our OL. 2017 was easily Auburn’s most complete team since Malzahns been here and it showed. 5 SEC wins of 21+ points and defeated both rivals by 2 plus scores. Personally I was more upset with the UCF loss than the SECCG loss. We were missing KJ and Pettway for the SECCG, hard to replace that kind of production. Now, I will say that it would’ve been nice if we could’ve sat KJ and used Martin more, but part of me wonders how UGA would’ve fared if they had to face a healthy Aub without Chubb and Michele as banged up as KJ was. Either way, I think it is a moot point to even argue about Malzahn. For better or for worse, his current contract has increased expectations high enough that he will be fired for 8 win seasons in the next few years if that’s all we do.
  15. BigWhiskey91

    Kam Martin would start today

    Two technically. One to Ryan Davis and one to KJ. The wr Screen to Davis was a beautifully timed play. They blitzed from that side and got fully exposed on it.