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  1. boomstick

    Jalen, Nate And JM gone now.

    Yeah, they're definitely quitting the team, but it's about doing what they think is best for them. It's a really difficult topic to discuss IMO because there's a fine line to walk there, and it usually (not always) is an age/generational issue when discussing if it's right or wrong to do. I don't think Gus has lost control of this team. I think a combination of frustration and the new "out" guys were given by the NCAA on this RS rule has allowed for more of this to be immediate and public than in past years. And it's going to be a whirlwind for the next week or so with guys leaving before their 5th games. I don't think Auburn will be alone here, although we might get the most coverage as one of the higher profile schools to have multiple of these occur.
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    Jalen, Nate And JM gone now.

    I don't think it's 2012 bad or close to that. I don't think it's about players quitting. I just think there's some frustration with usage in the offense and the younger guys coming in and having such big roles, and I think there are some older guys getting upset about it. It could have something to do with the favoritism shown in the past to veteran players that doesn't seem to be happening along with some guys feeling like they were led to believe something about how the offense and defense were going to be run and it's not going that way right now. And I think depth is going to be the biggest thing impacted if we have more players leave.
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    Jalen, Nate And JM gone now.

    I worry that this isn’t the last we’re going to see of the transfers. Come Sunday/Monday, we here of several more names. Things
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    Nate Craig-Myers

    Disagree. The freshmen haven’t had an issue learning the offense and producing. I just think what he wanted more of he wasn’t as good at creating for himself. He wanted more targets, but he struggled to create space to get them. He led the team last year in snaps played but was fifth in receptions. Seth Williams already has more production in his first three career games than NCM had his whole freshman year. I do like NCM and hate that he’s transferring as he’s important part of the offense, but he’s leaving because he wants more targets and more usage in the passing game. And he’s going to have to go somewhere else to get those because it wasn’t going to happen for him here.
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    Jalen Harris to redshirt then transfer

    I think NCM led the team in snaps played as a WR last year. And I believe he's at or near the top in that category this year.
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    Will Stidham Return for 2019 Season?

    I'd say Nix is more mobile than Stidham. Probably not at the Baker Mayfield/Trace McSorley level and probably a little better than Sean White. That's going to be the key with Nix. Can he make plays with his feet to extend plays when our plays break down? Because they will break down. They seem to have always done that under Gus. Stidham isn't great at extending plays with his feet. Can Nix or Sandberg do that? If so, the offense could be really explosive again. In its current situation, the offense needs to be modified significantly to work with Stidham's strengths and protect his weaknesses.
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    Jalen Harris to redshirt then transfer

    I think the coaching at WR has been very good the last couple years. I think Kodi Burns has done a great job with the WRs, both on the field and recruiting, since he arrived. He was viewed very skeptically when he was hired, but outside of TWill and Garner, he'd be the next assistant on my list to keep. IMO the play of some of the older WRs hasn't quite lived up to the hype they've received throughout their careers. One of the classes was hyped as the greatest WR class ever signed here, and that just hasn't materialized. Slayton is good but has never consistently shown the ability to be a #1 outside WR in the SEC. He doesn't win enough of his routes against the best DBs in the conference. NCM is kinda the same way. They've moved him around to a few different positions trying to find a fit for him to hopefully utilize him more, and it just hasn't worked out. Kyle Davis is gone. Marquis McClain has never quite figured everything out. Granted, some of the issues are scheme related. We don't throw a bunch downfield, so that limits WR targets and touches. And the passing game is fairly simplistic, although that has changed a little since Chip's arrival. But when guys like Seth Williams and Anthony Schwartz are coming in as freshmen and earning PT and having some production, it tells me the talent level they've come in with is at or close to the upperclassmen who were so hyped up.
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    The REAL issue

    On your first point, I think we're going to have to use our strength on offense (the RPO and PA passing game) to open up the run. I don't think we're good enough or schemed properly to be a run-first, run-dominant team. I do think that if we can freeze LBs for a fraction of a second early in games with the RPOs and PA Pass that it will allow the run game to open up similar to the LSU game. We ran the ball pretty effectively in the middle part of that game because we were getting a good mix of passing on early downs. Your second point is a little harsh IMO, but it is your opinion. I'm not a huge Xs and Os guy and don't know detailed technique of DBs, but it seems our biggest issue right now with the DBs is in the first 3-5 steps off the LOS. People talk about the DBs turning their heads, but the way I understand the way they're taught, if they don't establish good position early to stay in-phase, they can't turn their heads to defend when they're out-of-phase. So we need to improve at the LOS, like you mentioned. Part of that is inexperience at the CB position. I also think a better edge rush would do wonders for the secondary. Forcing QBs to throw before they want to would really help our guys in the back end. IMO the pass rush is a bigger issue than the DB play right now. I think the DB play can improve. I don't know that we have an edge rusher the likes of Holland or Lawson or Ford on this roster.
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    Will Stidham Return for 2019 Season?

    Seriously doubt it. His arm talent and skill set are enough for teams to take him, and probably fairly highly too. NFL scouts probably look at his work in this offense and throw out most of what they see. David Pollack said recently on the Russillo podcast that he's a first round QB no doubt, regardless of what he looks like in our passing system. Not sure he goes that high because of some of the issues he shows occasionally, but I think the offense severely limits him and is the cause of some of the bad habits he has.
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    Jalen Harris to redshirt then transfer

    It happened. Was led by Deshaun Davis, Marlon, Stidham., Cox, and Ryan Davis. May have been some other guys involved as well.
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    Jalen Harris to redshirt then transfer

    Maybe. But he's been here three years and hasn't been able to get more targets. Talk has always been he struggles to get open against good coverage. And in passing situations he was coming out for Seth Williams. Most of his targets have also come early in games during scripted portions of the play calling, likely from things schemed up for him. I'm not saying he isn't worthy of more targets. I think he's a reliable WR with good attributes. But we aren't ignoring him or not targeting him for no reason. It's also worth pointing out that, by all accounts, he's a very good kid and teammate. I think he's just frustrated in his utilization in the offense and feels he can contribute more.
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    Jalen Harris to redshirt then transfer

    Yesterday afternoon.
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    Jalen Harris to redshirt then transfer

    The story floating around Auburn is NCM spoke out and one of the players leading the meeting told him he needed to earn his targets. I believe they were in the same group with NCM and shared his feelings.
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    Jalen Harris to redshirt then transfer

    Sounds like the common theme is the players meeting where NCM coach complained about his usage in the offense and a couple of the leaders basically weren’t having it and said to earn it.