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  1. Well, they only played three ranked games and lost two of them, to us and LSU. What happens when you play a cupcake schedule.
  2. He'd do good but it wouldn't be close imo. Remember that huge hit we put on Burrow against LSU? And he just got right back up and then played better. That hit happens to Stidham and he plays scared for the rest of the game. I like Stidham, but I won't pretend like he ever took big hits well. Or basically anything kind of defensive pass rush. Stidham just couldn't handle pressure from defenses. Both in 17 and 18. People forget how bad Clemson exposed Stidham's shortcomings in 17. His pocket awareness is horrible. Bama tried to take advantage of it by blitzing, but Auburn ran crossing routes all day to counter that. Also Bama did not have an elite pass rush that particular year.
  3. People make a good point when bringing up not playing zone more. But I don't think you're gonna see much better DB coverage than last season. I mean, we played against possible one of the greatest passing attacks in college football history in LSU, and held them to 23 points. I know Bama kind of exposed the defense some, but honestly, Bama just had some receivers that we physically could not run with. That waddle guy is absurdly fast. If our DB coverage improves next season I'll be ecstatic.
  4. This. Our pass rush last season would've been beyond elite with a legit speed rusher. I would also like to see more zone coverage, but I don't think it's a huge deal tbh. If our DB's are better at man, then play man. Also, I think when we did play zone some in the past our LB's were kind of a liability, because of a lack of speed. This current LB corp might be the most athletic we've had in a long time, so that makes zone a little more viable imo.
  5. He's not slow, he just has horrible vision. Dude cannot run zone consistently. He picks a gap randomly, and it's either there or it isn't.
  6. Uh, idk about worst coach in SEC history. He got a mess, and left a mess. There have definitely been coaches worse than that.
  7. I don't think our OL is in such a s***ty situation that it'll take 4 years to rebuild, assuming Bicknell and Gus are around still for that long. Gus actually tried to have a strong OL class in 2019, but they just bombed at closing all the major recruits, due to Grimes being such a bad recruiter. Don't really understand Gus's lack of taking OL serious. Herb Hand was possibly the worst hire he's made. Almost every player Hand recruited ended up contributing very little, or none at all. And he was a horrible coach.
  8. Gus's biggest issue the past few seasons has been OL. Even in 2017, our OL wasn't that reliable. They got dominated by UCF. Kerryon Johnson made them look better than they actually were. I mean, this past season, against Arkansas, we run power with Gatewood twice in a row on 3rd and 4th short. Got stuffed twice. And that was against... Arkansas. If Gus can get an elite OL again, I think people would be surprised by how easy calling plays will become for him again. Think how hard it is to call the right play when your OL consistently doesn't block s***. Every play in football (more or less) requires good blocking from the OL. Run, pass, or screen. Which is of course obvious, but I've seen a lot of fan cry about play calling on plays where there was a DT in the backfield in the first second. You just can't succeed like that.
  9. Robert Leff earned a degree in mechanical engineering while at Auburn. Definitely doable, just not free.
  10. True, but thanks to his recruiting we know have more athletic linebackers than what we had in say 2016. Guys like Owen Papoe should make a huge difference in the versatility of our defense.
  11. Excellent point actually. I'm a senior in chemical engineering right now. Zero chance I get through this major while playing football. At least, not on time.
  12. Lol wut? This is the country with some of the most expensive college in the world. If anything, people over value college today. But I don't wanna get into that tbh.
  13. You have fair points, but that brings up a question. Is it the bagmen and players that are in the wrong? Or is it the ncaa who enforces this ridiculous rules? They wouldn't have to lie if the whole system wasn't messed up.
  14. It's very fascinating that how you basically become this is by being someone who loves the team. " Once properly vetted, your money usually buys you first or secondhand access to information most fans (or journalists) would kill for: player run-ins with the law that go unreported, what certain coaches are really like, what kind of power an AD or president really has, and who really is in charge of your football program. " When I saw this part it became clear that there are tons of people who would do this job. Well, I say tons, obviously have you to be fairly wealthy, so you don't miss the money you give away. I also don't really view this as a crime. I mean seriously, people who get mad at someone getting paid for something they legally did (in this case, play football) are crazy to me. There's tons of horrible stuff going on in the world are worried about college athletes getting paid? And frankly, considering the size of college football, you could argue they aren't getting paid very much relative to the income they bring in for others.
  15. I don't think Gene Chizik will ever coach for Auburn again.