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About MaitlandTiger

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  1. Our own worst enemy

    In my opinion, one of the most impactful observations about what Gus Malzahn does to the Auburn fan base, is truly important in the aspect of demoralization. What I am about to say could be taken several different ways. I don't know which way anybody will take the statement so I am just going to be completely honest with you as I'm sure other people find themselves in the same situation. So here it goes: I graduated from Auburn University in 1995. I loved my time at Auburn. I am a true, loyal, Auburn fan and Auburn man. I am eternally grateful for having been privileged to graduate from AU. I wait for college football season for eight excruciating months. Sure I follow the Atlanta Braves, and check on golf on Sundays. I occasionally watch the last 30 minutes of the NASCAR race but I just can't wait for Auburn football. I live in Central Florida, surrounded by Seminoles and Gators. I fly a giant Auburn flag on a pole on my porch , I proudly wear Auburn T-shirts quite often, as well as several Auburn baseball caps. I have Auburn license plates on my cars and, good or bad, I pulled for my tigers. My daughter is 13 years old has a few Auburn T-shirts that she proudly wears on Saturdays, sometimes wears them to school, and she loves Auburn because I love Auburn. So basically I am just like everyone else on this board. I am not a fair weather fan. I only pull for one team. But in all honesty, Gus Malzahn's stubbornness over the years, (and yes I realize he took us to the national championship game in 2013 and I'm grateful, but his stubbornness culminating in that embarrassment we saw the other day, ( and yes I realize how good Clemson's defense is) HAS ME NOT WANTING TO EVEN WATCH ANY MORE GAMES THIS SEASON. Naturally, if we turn things around, my attitude would change. I am not proud of this feeling that has come over me to somehow no longer really care about the football games I've been dying to watch for 8 months. I am usually a sunshine pumper, but I have a feeling we won't turn it around on offense, based on years of witnessing his stubbornness. This level of disappointment I feel is one I've never felt before. All of the excitement and the hype leading up to this season just had me so excited, and then over the course of One evening, not only is the excitement gone but so is ALL HOPE. Lifelong Auburn alumni, and any Auburn fans and certainly the Auburn players, deserve so much better. What Gus Malzahn has done, and the position in which he has put the Auburn University football team, overwhelmingly supports the fact that he needs to be fired. It is not just a loss, that is not the basis for which I'm basing that statement of him needing to be fired. He has simply failed, and failed miserably, in a year in which we should be nationally relevant. And we are going to be, and we are, instead mediocre. He needs to be fired.
  2. Can we go ahead and get a true WR coach?

    What is hysterical in retrospect is the amount of energy that CGM expends in yelling/running/animation/pointing and signaling prior to ANYBAND EVERY play. He attempts to communicate wildly. It Says to the quarterback "Urgent-code red! Look at me look at me please try to comprehend what I am signaling to you, it is of the upmost importance that we are on the same page!!" Then it's a 2 yd run off right guard!!
  3. Malzahn's Presser (merged Threads)

    Everything we fans saw, and announcers saw, our highly paid coaching staff also saw. They were keenly aware. Yet they made ZERO adjustments. There are folks saying we cannot throw the slant or crossing routes because we did not "install" it earlier. Hogwash! We just never called the play. I can't count how many times I've seen an offense go from being in trouble, to turning the tables and dominating based on adjustments and proper play calling. Auburn Offense 2017 does not have that ability. Kodi is, and has always been, out of his league. It is blatantly obvious. Gus/Chip play-calling is so bad that it is laughable and extremely embarrassing. The offensive play calling is amateur and can't be denied. The players deserve better Our defense is well-coached, well-disciplined, well-lead on the field, intimidating, mean, nasty, and bloodthirsty. They are world class right now. And well-conditioned. I don't remember ever seeing a defense that was on the field as long as our defense was, continue to rise to the occasion. I have certainly seen plenty of good defenses get obviously gassed and our guys played hard to the end. Certainly a tale of two teams. Gus/Kodi/Herb but mostly Gus needs to be held accountable. I love my Tigers and stand with them always but the players and fans deserve better leadership. Coach Steele, however, is awesome.
  4. ***AU vs. Clemson -- Game Thread***

    We are getting out coached badly. There sure ways to avoid sacks but that requires better coaching
  5. ***AU vs. Clemson -- Game Thread***

    UNBELIEVABLE HOW GOOD OUR DEFENSE IS. and I think their average starting position was around the 50
  6. ***AU vs. Clemson -- Game Thread***

    This play calling is among the worst I have ever seen. Very much like 2012. I know Clemson defense is great but our coaches cannot make adjustments. We get out coached 80% of the time.
  7. ***AU vs. Clemson -- Game Thread***

    We were sold a bill of goods. They put Heisman odds on this guy??? Well he can only get better.
  8. Ranking all 130 FBS teams

    Went down the list. Just as I thought. Notre Dame is in the top 20!! 4 wins last year. I hate them so much I watched a couple of their games last year. It was exactly like watching Auburn 2012. But of course they are ranked Top 20. Just like every year , the writers go into every reason why this year will justify the ranking. On the flipside, a much more consistent football team for the last ten years---Michigan State---free falls after one bad season. Their coach will certainly right that ship faster than Norte Dame will. This list lost all credibility to me. But these lists are just something to talk about as we wait these last few gruelingly long days until the season starts. And it may be the orange and blue colored glasses, but I think we are going to be phenomenal this year. War Damn Eagle.
  9. It's not the athlete they are concerned with, it is the insider knowledge of playbook and schemes and strategy the athlete takes with him and would share
  10. Post-Spring Height & Weight Changes

    I think Sean White has been belly up to what I imagine is an athletics-table of never ending fried chicken, mashed potatoes and cornbread with tubs of butter. Just without the workouts like everyone else since he was injured. Good for him. OR, based on rising to competition with Stidham, all 21 pounds went to his right arm, and he looks like Popeye. In all seriousness, in my experience watching college football religiously for 30 years, I would estimate that somewhere around 90% of the time when a very good team loses a starter to injury and they are forced to trot out the understudy, they fade fast. In fact when a backup continues to win it is so rare that the football world takes notes. If Stidham is starter and he should be based solely on ability (I love SW but you play the best player) there is a very good chance that he will get dinged up. It's a brutal sport . Having White to plug in is going to be great. ITS GOING TO BE A GREATER-THAN -NORMAL YEAR TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER!!
  11. Post-Spring Height & Weight Changes

    If I remember correctly they had Barney eat Aunt Bea's fried chicken and mash potatoes. One of the great all time Andy Griffith Show quotes: Andy : "Barney, what do you weigh?" Barney "Oh--138, 138 and a half---it fluctuates"
  12. Players moving positions

    DangHow did I miss the kickoff/hand it to JF3? What game was that? I must have gotten up for a snack. Sorry bout that. Do you guys really think he is that prone to fumble? I am torn between accepting the reality that he has many issues, and wanting to see the electricity that I want to believe is possible. But damn he is fast.
  13. Players moving positions

    if he can't catch a kickoff, and I'll wager that he can, let someone catch the ickoff and go over and hand it to him
  14. Players moving positions

    JF3 is athletic---he is not going to drop a properly thrown short pass.......he can probably take a handoff or even a lateral or shovel pass....I'd like to see it myself, 15 times a game.
  15. Players moving positions

    I seem to remember being absolutely apoplectic watching Randall Cobb of Kentucky score 4 or 5 TD's against us in 2010. It seemed like they got the ball to him on every other down and we simply could not tackle him because WE COULD NOT CATCH HIM. He was too damn FAST. It seemed like he had 750 total yards. He very nearly single-handedly beat us. I would absolutely love to see JF3 him get more touches. Let him fumble the ball---we weren't scoring any touchdowns anyways outside of that streak. I love Auburn and support every player and coach. I will love Auburn long after current players and coaches are gone. This has been said over and over but when Gus' O is working--it is a thing of beauty. When it is not working for whatever reason he goes cuckoo (Cox whirly-bird, etc.) and it is some of the worst football ever seen by man. There is no middle ground, and that is on Gus. Looking forward to Lindsey and some passing. I honestly think it is going to be a VERY VERY good year this year.