Adjusting our expectations of our future lineup
Major Reisman: “One”
Team: “Down to the roadblock, we’ve just begun”
The Dirty Dozen looks at the games that Auburn’s opponents play throughout the season, highlighting points of interest, tendencies and potential issues for their remaining season and their future game against Auburn.
ad·just·ment - n, plural: adjustments - A small alteration or movement made to achieve a desired fit, appearance, or result.
The difference between the SEC and other conferences is environmental. An organism must adapt to changing conditions, often rapidly in order to survive. Five separate conference teams showed that this week as they took either close or tied games into the locker room and emerged with entirely different game plans to play in the second half. Two of those teams even waited until the fourth quarter, but the results were the same. The teams that played late bore little resemblance to what they looked like in the first half, usually on one but sometimes even on both sides of the ball.
John Chavis, Ellis Johnson, Jeremy Pruitt, Kirby Smart and to a lesser extent Dave Wommack (due to the fact the Ole Miss looked worse for longer than any other) all taught a class on defensive adjustments that should be required knowledge for all defensive coaching staffs in the country. Rhett Lashlee and Jake Spavital taught entire graduate level programs in a single evening, but Dan Werner, Cam Cameron and Mike Bobo also displayed why the SEC is the best in the nation. It’s not just the talent level of the athletes. It is also the wealth of coaching talent at all levels that make this conference the epitome of excellence.
It’s the difference between relaxing on a green sward on a pleasant breezy day by a babbling brook with wildlife no more dangerous than a gopher or a garter snake to deal with, and surviving in a steamy southern swamp with assorted tigers, gators, bears and various junkyard dogs all chasing you. It takes an entirely different set of skills to succeed in such a place.
Just ask Bret Beliema.
If you’ve been following this series, you know how this works. But if you’re seeing this for the first time I give a rating for each game based on the table below. I’ll also conduct an analysis of that team’s Efficiency Rating as the season progresses and present to you my comments about last week’s games:
!!! – Best game of the week
!! – Surprisingly good
! – Average to good
? – Why did I watch this?
?? – Who would watch this?
??? – What the hell is this?
ER = Efficiency Rating (see my Cafe Malzahn updated numbers) continue reading