I was excited about the Gus hire. Not my number one choice but I did give him all the credit for 2010. I figured if he could win a NC as just a coordinator what can he accomplish as a HC? My biggest problem is he has gotten away from the play calling that got him the Auburn OC job and the Auburn HC job. Everyone has a different reason as to why he has quit running tempo but Gus never actually gave a reason why, he has just stated the need to get back to running tempo. Then is told to turn the offense over to Rhett and we are magically running tempo again. Then there is the whole debate that Malzahns offense works best with a dual threat QB. Now as I posted above, Gus supposedly came to that realization on his own after the JSU game. However, that asks the question, before 2015 Gus didn't know he needed a DT QB? The first three high school QB's he recruited as Auburn HC were all pro style guys. So apparently he didn't know his own system? Yes he has corrected this with the last two recruiting classes, and yes has done a good job. I just don't know. I was 110% behind Gus until 2015. Gus looked confused, JF3 was a desperation recruit, a Band-Aid on a bullet wound. Gus responded with the Clemson offense....... and a reasonable explanation has still never been provided by our coach behind that offense. I have said it before ill say it again, I think Gus bit off more than he can chew. He probably would have had these same growing pains if he had stayed at Arky St. but that is why Sun Belt programs exist, to go and learn to coach before going to the top programs. Everyone on this board agrees that Gus is a HC in training. Question is do you approach this as a glass half empty or a glass half full. I am sorry, but I haven't enjoyed the last 2 1/2 years of football, I am half empty. Maybe Gus's growing pains are over. He and Rhett were FINALLY forced apart. Gorgeous Borges is back with the team. The D is respectable and the private QB coaching ban has been lifted (although I suspect influential boosters had more to do with that than CL). 2017 Sink or Swim. But after Stat Tigers analysis here, I am more optimistic for the season. I will open a can of worms with this, Stidham, like Cam, Marshal, Todd, and other Gus QB's that have been successful, were not recruited and developed by Gus out of high school but is a transfer who was coached by someone else at some point at the college level. In a year or two when Stidham departs, I will be very curious to see how Barrett, Malik, next high school QB develop.