Auburn Win … An Important Step Forward

By Posted on: September 2nd, 2013 in Football 6 Comments »

NCAA Football: New Mexico State at AuburnI for one am satisfied with Auburn’s performance in Saturday night’s win against Washington State. Ecstatic no, but for all the negative we saw, there were a lot of positive to build on. Just depends if you’re a glass half full or half empty kind of person I guess.

I saw 3 interceptions (3x more than all of last season BTW) and if Jonathan Mincy had thumbs it might well have been six. I saw DBs, dare I say it … TACKLE! I saw a true freshman make his presence felt on the D-Line. Hope it continues.

I saw a Defense playing without its best proven pass rusher (Dee Ford) and its most talked about player of the spring (Justin Garrett) and they won. I saw second half adjustments and coaches in players ear holes too!

I saw three running backs put up solid numbers. I saw Mason fumble at a critical time in the game and then saw Gus call the same play with the same guy three or four times in a row. After that and he produced and didn’t fumble again. How’s that for confidence building?

I saw a D that was on a high from a late pick off that they thought sealed the game – have to come back and play defense again after Mason’s fumble, AND … THEY DID. Last year’s crew would have folded.

I saw Jonathan Wallace leading a group in a pre-game prayer where Trooper Taylor once stood. How’s that for change?

I don’t recall seeing any false starts on the offense. Could be wrong and haven’t had time to review, but I think only five penalties on the day. Again improvement.

I’m also arguing the holding call on Prosch because I’m pretty sure he knocked his man four feet in the air so if he was holding it was because he was trying to keep the guy from cracking his skull on the way back down.

I saw some receivers make some nice catches. I also saw three or four drops that hit them in the hands. Factor those as catches and Marshall’s number’s are a whole lot better; maybe not in yards, but completion percentage.

Speaking of Marshall…no INTs. He is doing what coaches ask and playing in the system, taking care of the ball and don’t make a dumb play. Sure he had some overthrows, but that’s better than an intercepted under throw – agreed?

No, it wasn’t the prettiest game, but a lot of these guys were 3-9 and just broken last year. I for one am happy with the win and expect to see improvement this week and next. We have a good shot at exiting September 3-1 after seeing the bullies lay an egg.

October and November will be a murderers row and we aren’t playing at a level to contend for the west YET. I’m not comparing Marshall to Newton, but it took Gus four games to figure out how best to utilize Cam who participated in spring practice. Marshall has been on campus four weeks and been the starter for two.

No we aren’t where we want to be yet, but did anyone really think we’d go from zero to hero that fast? I’ll take the W and be happy. We are moving forward rather than backwards! War Eagle and let’s beat those Red Wolves!

for one am satisfied with the performance. Ecstatic no, but for all the negative we saw, there was a lot of positive to build on. Just depends if you’re a glass half full/empty kind of person I guess.

I saw 3 interceptions (3x more than all of last season BTW) and if Jonathan Mincy had thumbs it might well have been 6. I saw DBs, dare I say it, TACKLE! I saw a true freshman make his presence felt on the D line. Hope it continues. I saw a D playing without its best proven pass rusher in ford and its most talked about player of the spring (Justin Garrett) and they won.

I saw second half adjustments and coaches in players ear holes too!

I saw 3 running backs put up solid numbers. I saw Mason fumble at a critical time in the game and then saw Gus call the same play with the same guy 3 or 4 times in a row after that and he produced and didn’t fumble again. How’s that for confidence building?

I saw a D that was on a high from a late pick off that they thought sealed the game have to come back and play D again after Masons fumble, AND … THEY DID. Last year’s crew would have folded.

I saw Jonathan Wallace leading a group in a pre-game prayer where Trooper Taylor once stood. How’s that for change?

I don’t recall seeing any false starts on the offense. Could be wrong and haven’t had time to review, but think only 5 penalties on the day. Again improvement.

I’m also arguing the holding call on Prosch because I’m pretty sure he knocked his man 4 feet in the air so if he was holding it was because he was trying to keep the guy from cracking his skull on the way back down.

I saw some receivers make some nice catches. I also saw 3 or 4 drops that hit them in the hands. Factor those as catches and Marshall’s Number’s are a whole lot better; maybe not in yards, but completion percentage.

Speaking of Marshall…no INTs. He is doing what coaches ask and playing in the system. Take care of the ball and don’t make a dumb play. Sure he had some overthrows, but that’s better than an intercepted underthrow – agreed?

No, it wasn’t the prettiest game, but a lot of these guys were 3-9 and just broken last year. I for one am happy with the win and expect to see improvement this week and next. We have a good shot at exiting September 3-1 after seeing the bullies lay an egg.

October and November will be a murderers row and we aren’t playing at a level to contend for the west YET. I’m not comparing Marshall to Newton, but it took Gus 4 games to figure out how best to utilize Cam who participated in spring practice. Marshall has been on campus 4 weeks and been the starter for 2.

No we aren’t where we want to be yet, but did anyone really think we’d go from zero to hero that fast? Take the W and be happy we are moving forward rather than backwards!

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  1. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    The most important thing for me was the defensive improvement. Tackling, and INT’s. And especially what you said about the defense:

    “A ‘D’ that was on a high from a late pick off that they thought sealed the game – have to come back and play defense again after Mason’s fumble, AND … THEY DID. Last year’s crew would have folded.”
    Good post.

  2. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Good stuff Tracker. I agree 100%. The Tigers are a work in progress and to open against Leach’s air raid attack with a young defense playing in a new system, and shut them down in second half was a big accomplishment. I was very pleased. Also pleased with Marshall. He did an adequate job and will only get better. Malzahn’s record with QB’s is proof of that.

  3. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    Things I liked about Saturday’s win:

    1. Winning. Good opening performance from a very young team.
    2. Good halftime adjustments by the coaching staff.
    3. Winning the turnover battle. I especially liked the fact that Marshall didn’t throw any interceptions.
    4. The running game looked really good.
    5. Improved tackling.

    Things I did not like:

    1. Passing accuracy.
    2. Dropped passes.
    3. Fumbles.
    4. Gave up too much rushing yardage.
    5.Lack of penetration from the D line. Exception, Montraviuos Adams.

  4. TriumphantTiger says:

    I’ve been trying VALIANTLY to change the culture of Auburn fan-dom for several years now! And I thought I had succeeded after we beat Oregon … alas, the last two years have brought a relapse into crappy negativity!

    Here’s what you say: “Oh dear, the glass is half empty”

    Here’s what I say: “I BELIEVE IN THIS GLASS AND LOVE IT!”

    Remember, we could claim 9 national championships. ACT LIKE IT!

  5. bubbajack says:

    I was at JHS Saturday night and it was such a beautiful thing to see a game with no interceptions thrown and no false starts that I recall. And to see Gus back on the sidelines. Even with all the passes thrown against our defense I don’t think we had any pass interference calls either. We looked to be more disciplined in that regard, but the officiating crew did seem a bit suspect with multiple no-calls in other situations.

    Does anyone know how many offensive snaps we had? I read where WSU had 88, but I never saw what AU had.