WarEagleSteve

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  1. I think the fact that this particular pass play sticks out to you kind of makes my point. If running a fairly common pass concept sticks out because it never happens, that's usually a sign that something has gone awry.
  2. A large part of that is playcalling. Pass blocking is much harder when the defense knows that you run on first down and throw on third down (as they did roughly 80% of the time last year).
  3. We haven't consistently thrown the ball inside the red zone since Nick Marshall and even those were few and far between. CJ Uzomah and 2014 Duke Williams were the last true red zone receiving threats we had and Gus' playbook was already light on effective pass plays inside the 20s as it was. Tell me, when's the last time we ran a slant inside the 15? or a corner fade? Or ANY pass play inside the 15 that wasn't a bootleg?
  4. Gus has shown in the past that he (sometimes) learns from his mistakes. He recognized after the 2014 season that a change needed to be made at defensive coordinator and made it. He recognized after the 2016 season (albeit with an alleged bit of prodding) that a change needed to be made on the offensive side of the ball and made it. I should hope that the Auburn faithful would at least wait until the season starts before deciding that Gus is the proverbial "old dog" in this instance.
  5. I've been saying for a while (not on here but in general) that "Chris Todd numbers" should be the baseline we should expect out of an Auburn starting quarterback. 2500-ish yards, 60% completion percentage, 20-ish TDs, and less than 10 picks. By the standards of college football these days those are pretty pedestrian numbers but Auburn QBs almost never seem to get there consistently. I imagine we would win a lot more games if they did.
  6. Let's be honest, even Bama and LSU had games last year where their defenses got lit up (relatively speaking). Austin Allen and Chad Kelly went for 400+ yards and 3 TDs apiece against Bama and I recall Sean White moving the ball pretty effectively against LSU in spurts. Chad Kelly and Trevor Knight also got their licks in against LSU. Georgia's defense got shredded by every above average quarterback they faced (Drew Lock, Chad Kelly, Joshua Dobbs). The way college football is currently structured, good quarterbacks playing behind effective offensive lines and throwing to talented weapons are usually successful. Auburn has the talent on the outside and in the trenches for JS to be successful. Not necessarily "program savior" or Heisman trophy winner but successful.
  7. .....How exactly did you read my post and arrive at "Sean White is the second coming" as the central point of it? Even Evel Kneivel couldn't make that leap.
  8. I don't disagree with you but I think "consistent QB play" and "predictable playcalling" are currently two halves of the chicken and egg situation that is our terrible passing game, i.e. do we have terrible QB play because the playcalling is bad or does our playcalling suck because the QBs aren't executing? I'm inclined to think it's the former.
  9. I'm honestly not sure how you can watch our offense this year and come away thinking SW's "mechanical flaw" is the reason for our anemic passing game. Yes, he missed several gimme deep balls this year. He also connected on many of them as well. You know who else does that? Literally every quarterback ever. The main reason you noticed SW doing it is because we took so few chances deep that when he did miss, it hurt more. I'm far more more concerned about our utter lack of an intermediate passing game and complete inability to throw the ball more than five yards downfield when the run game isn't working.
  10. Can we please stop with this "JJ would've been an all-star if Gus would've developed him" thing? He was a good kid but he very thoroughly demonstrated an inability to both see the field/read defenses and consistently throw the ball on time. All the coaching in the world wouldn't necessarily have fixed that. There are plenty of physical specimens coming out of high school who never pan out in college. JJ is one of them. There are plenty of very legitimate criticisms to tar and feather Gus over at this point (playcalling, lack of adjustments, etc.) but this one isn't worth the effort anymore.
  11. Fast thoughts: -SW is a good, hard-working kid with MAJOR durability issues. He's also a kid with (for this level) limited physical tools who, quite frankly, will never be genuinely successful in this offense as it is currently constructed. I think SW could be an excellent quarterback in a more pro-style or West Coast system but right now he's a square peg trying to fit into a round, hopelessly simplistic hole. -On that note, Gus needs a passing game coordinator. BADLY. There are 13-year olds playing Madden that call more balanced games than Gus right now. It's way easier to list the things Gus doesn't do AT ALL in the passing game than it is to list the things it does well. He doesn't use TEs or RBs to catch passes (barring the RB wheel route that gets trotted out once a game). He doesn't run slants. He doesn't attack the middle of the field. He apparently forgot that bubble screens aren't the only kind of screen. Multi-level route concepts? Using scheme to create physical mismatches in the passing game? Gus doesn't do any of that. It doesn't matter how talented Jarett Stidham might be, he WILL NOT be successful here if Gus' passing philosophy doesn't change.
  12. Two reasons: A. As some have noted, Gus is apparently only interested in passing when he is left with no other options. Auburn runs the ball on first down and throws on third down about 80% of the time, if not more. Not hard to defend if you can be that certain of what's coming. B. Lack of complexity in the passing game. When's the last time you saw Auburn run a RB screen? or slant? or target a TE outside the red zone? Gus' passing offense would be considered simplistic at a junior high these days. He seems to rely utterly on the running game's effectiveness to generate space in the passing game. Scheming guys open through route concepts seems utterly alien to him.
  13. It's less a matter of "lack of plays" and more a matter of predictable playcalling. We run the ball 80% of the time on 1st down. We run the same dive play after every first down when we're trying to run tempo. We try to throw the same deep out, go route, or wheel route when put in third and long. These tendencies have to change if Auburn is to have success.
  14. To me, the worst thing about SW and guys like him, especially when you hear stuff like this is that they really make you resent players like Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Perilloux and Zeke Pike. If SW were a hair taller and a hair bigger and a hair faster and had just a little bit more arm strength, he'd be a superstar and as a fan, you hate that he isn't those things. Meanwhile you see dudes who have all the physical ability in the world and they utterly waste it. I felt the same way watching Peyton Barber in 2015. If PB had, say Mike Dyer's physical tools, he'd have been a superstar.
  15. The main thing I'm going to remember is the offensive coaching staff's utter inability to game plan against teams that can stop the run as well as their seeming disinterest in putting quarterbacks in position to succeed. The passing offense this year was built off a handful of staple plays and if whomever was in at quarterback wasn't executing those plays, the entire offense ground to a halt. No adjustments, no modifications, just shut everything down and run the dive play or wildcat. That will be what I remember.