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Auburn Football: Change Must Come Now

By on November 11th, 2012 in Member Post 3 Comments »

Being new to this site, I’m hesitant to jump in the fray, but after the season we’ve endured as Auburn fans, this is the best therapy for me. All of the obvious problems have been well covered by other writers, and at this point, it’s safe to say that changes will indeed be made… the sooner the better. My greatest fear at this point is the changes will not go far enough.

So, just how far should change extend and to whom do we turn for direction to those brighter days we seek? My personal choice… Jimbo Fisher and his entire staff. That answers the HC and staff questions, but that should not be the extent of the changes. We need an AD with a brain and a back-bone!

With the talent already on the roster, any coherent staff could have won 7 games, and the AD must bear some responsibility for creating the circumstances under which this utterly incoherent staff is allowed to operate.

Whatever the behind-the scenes issues may be, there is no excuse for a few staff members creating division in the locker room. They should be fired openly and quickly to maintain control of the program… they were not. JJ created this mess, he needs to go. There are no short-cuts to success; JJ took one, and we are reaping the results of that decision.

Forget the recruits in deciding how to move forward; build a solid program first that doesn’t constantly flirt with NCAA investigations. “If you build it, they will come” My time’s up; I thank you for yours. War Eagle everybody!

3 Comments

  1. au2219 says:

    Would be interested on folks’ feedback on this summation:

    The millions paid to head coaches in the SEC “purchase” the following 4 services:

    1. recruiting
    2. player development
    3. game planning
    4. gameday management

    Within those multi-million dollar contracts, there are no provisions for “excuses”. Albeit a tough row to hoe for head coaches in this conference, it is what it is. So,…injuries, youth, player suspensions/dismissals and other depth chart issues, along with bad breaks and any other sorts of “mess ups” that we could categorize, are supposed to all be taken care of with regard to the four services that are purchased when a head coach is hired. (e.g., if a starter gets injured/suspended/dismissed, recruiting and player development efforts are “supposed to” cover those issues – i.e., provision is made to be able to simply “play the next guy” on the depth chart)

    Is the current head coach (and his staff) satisfactorily providing these services? By “satisfactorily”, I can only define that in terms of “winning”, which is, inevitably, what the head coach’s services are to render…bottom line.

    This isn’t necessairly meant to be as much a loaded question as it is to simply see what others’ takes are on the concept mentioned.

    • longtimetiger longtimetiger says:

      In reply to your brilliant question… here’s my take ( and only my humble opinion). Coaches in high profile programs are certainly expected to deliver results that warrant the extraordinary salaries they are paid. The current staff at our beloved Auburn University is not delivering on the points you listed. Example?… Complete lack of solid fundamentals being coached in every phase of the game. At least, that is what we see on game day. If players are executing in practice and not in real time game situations, this points to a larger problem and a more poignant question. Are players laying down on assignments in the game as revenge to the head coach because of discord created by staff members? Probably not, but worth our attention. So what coach Chizik calls a “great practice” in typical coach-speak is not great at all. it is, in fact, an undisciplined group of individuals who all where the same jersey practicing in accordance with their character or level of commitment and performing on game day exactly as they have practiced. So much for #2! I will combine 3 and 4 as the root of they are two problems from the same root. Game planning starts buy breaking down the opponents strengths (not weaknesses) and preparing on both sides of the ball to meet those strengths and succeed against them. Responses to a team’s weakness are reserved for the play-calls a coach must make when he desperately needs to swing momentum or spark his team. Examples include a wide open mid-field that has “been there all night” or a favorable match-up on a receiver or a defender out of position. The current AU staff has fielded a game-plan for weeks on end that only magnifies our own weakness and disregards our strengths. And then there was one…. Recruiting! A strength of this coaching staff, right?… wrong! Recruiting involves much more than stars, ratings, and high-school talent. The current Auburn staff has shown little ability to evaluate a player’s ability to play SEC football, and doesn’t seem to know how to use the talent already on the sideline. Change is coming soon. That’s my take. Thanks for reading!

  2. Malakai Malakai says:

    I agree. I’m tired of hearing about recruits decommitting from Auburn if Chizik leaves. Guess what, I don’t care. I’d rather have a 30th ranked recruiting class of loyal recruits and a new head coach than Chizik and another so-called top ten class who hasn’t been coached to play college ball. Change will only come with Chizik and Jacob’s departure.