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Chizik Post Game Comments

By on October 6th, 2012 in Football 19 Comments »

Auburn football coach Gene Chizik talked with the media following today’s 24-7 loss to Arkansas. Here’s what he had to say…

Gene Chizik:

“You saw the game. We had two weeks to prepare, and I really felt like we had two good weeks of practice. I certainly didn’t expect to play like we played today, but the reality of it is, today we did all of the things you can’t do and win, and we know that. Offensively, you can’t turn the ball over five times, and this is the result that you get.

“We missed big opportunities. Eight sacks. Offensively, one of the most poor performances I have seen in a long time, just point blank. Defensively, we started out slow and for three quarters defended the field pretty well, made some big third down stops. Again, when we needed a stop, when we pulled the game to a 10-7 game, we couldn’t quite come up with a stop there. But again, I thought it was all around, it was a team loss.

“Again, we are going to go back to work, and we are going to continue to figure out how to fix it. The bottom line is that the Auburn fans and the Auburn Family, they did not deserve this today, and I apologize to anybody who came to the game to watch it. It was a good football team talent-wise, but we certainly have plenty of opportunities to play much better. We just didn’t get it done. So, it is no excuses, and that is about as simple as I can put it.”

It looked like at times today, Auburn’s offense regressed:
“I think you can start with turnovers and sacks. I don’t have to go any further than that. You have five turnovers, and you have eight sacks, the offense has regressed. So, I think that is pretty self-explanatory.”

On what Auburn’s quarterback situation is:
“We changed at halftime. We just felt like we needed a spark. We needed something a little different, and that doesn’t mean that’s the way it is going to stay. We felt like at that time, again, we needed something different, and we did it, and we will go back and re-evaluate it again this week and see where we are. That doesn’t mean the change is permanent. Kiehl (Frazier) handled it well.”

On if you fear how the change will hurt Kiehl Frazier’s psyche:
“I thought he handled it really, really well. I talked to them both at halftime by ourselves, us three, told them what I was going to do, and we did it. So, I am not going to look back and second guess that. Again, we will move forward and look and see what the next thing is, but that is what we did today.”

Why did the quarterbacks struggle?
“Until you look at the film right now, and you really see all of the reasons that it appears a quarterback doesn’t play well, you don’t know all of the reasons. You don’t know the pressures, and where they are coming from. You don’t know who missed who on the blocks. When you have eight sacks right now, there are a lot of different reasons why a quarterback didn’t play well. So, I am not going to blame everything on a quarterback. Just like I am not going to blame everything on a wideout or the offensive line and so, we are not going there, but you obviously have to go back and re-evaluate a lot, and we will do that.”

Did Auburn have a sense of urgency going into this game?
“We understand where we are at. We have won one game so there has been a sense of urgency in everything that we do. Again, that is why I felt like we had two weeks of practice, and I felt very good about our practices. What I saw out there today was very disappointing in terms of the quality of our practices versus the results of the game today. It wasn’t exactly what I had expected. Again, that is on us, and we are going to continue to work forward.”

Are you still confident in Mike Blakely carrying the ball after his fumble today?
“We are going to have to go back and really look and re-evaluate. He had some good runs. We have to go back and see exactly why that happened, but anytime you have guys that fumble the football, you are not comfortable with any of that. It doesn’t mean that you are afraid to put them back into the game or that he will never carry the ball again. I’m not going to say that, but he wasn’t the only one to put the ball on the ground today. So, we have to go back and reassess that as part of many other things, we have to reassess.”

Was the air let out of Auburn after Arkansas went ahead 17-7?
“I felt like our defense played really well in spurts today. That was a very potent offense. We know that. They have good players over there. The quarterback is extremely gifted and talented and good at his trade. When we needed the stop at the beginning of the third quarter when we brought it to 10-7, we didn’t get the stop. So, that was disappointing to see on our defense. We thought we had some energy. We started the game with a little bit of energy and a little bit of momentum, then I think they went on a 75-yard drive at that point, which is very disappointing. That’s why I say it is a team loss. We had our chances, and we missed big opportunities out there. We had receivers running open that we threw the ball over their head when it was protected. Again, it was a completely unacceptable offensive performance all the way around. Again, I can’t put it any more clearly than that.”

When you went to Atlanta for the opener, was there any way you would think Auburn would be 1-4 now?
“I don’t ever think that way. Ever. I always think that we are going to win. It is a journey that we are on right now. It is a tough one. There are peaks and valleys that you have to live through in your life. We are going to keep going through the valley and keep working. I don’t’ know any other way to do it, and I am not changing.”

What did you think about the Auburn fans leaving early?
“I didn’t see fans leave, but I don’t blame them. I don’t look in the stands so I don’t know about all of that. It is just disappointing to see a guy fumble (at that point Mike Blakely fumbled in the fourth quarter).”

Did you see enough from Clint Moseley to change the number of his reps before you see the film?
“No. I can’t say that. I can’t say that because he was under duress some today and some when he wasn’t, he made some errant throws and again I think he just has to look at everything. An errant throw could have been a receiver not breaking a route off at the right time. Again, the game moves fast. You have different reasons for execution that was very poor, and I am sure as we go back and look at it tomorrow, there will be poor execution by quarterbacks, running backs, offensive linemen and wide receivers. I am sure of that, and tight ends.”

Is this an open quarterback competition?
“Again, we will make those decisions as we go and we really re-evaluate this film.”

On what needs to be changed for Auburn to finish the games stronger?
“I think it is going to depend a lot on exactly what we see on that film. The bottom line is that we have looked at it. We have evaluated it. We have practiced it, and there is something there that is missing, and we have to do a better job of figuring out exactly what that is.”


  1. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Wow. I am not sure what game he watched… but i saw no sense of urgency.


  2. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..They looked like they were up till 4 AM. Couldn’t even line up right on defense, and this is officially the worst offense I’ve ever seen at Auburn, bar none.

  3. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Again, barring sunshine pumping from some (which may actually hurt more than help), i am curious again…. what do the learned say about what is going on at AU?

    I know folks are focusing on Loeffler… but i haven’t seen anything from BVG either. Further Chizik is unemotional. He says nothing. Its like the zombie squad… and we play like our coach.

    I see nothing changing at AU next year. AU will remain in the cellar until we can get a coach that knows what he is doing.


  4. audude audude says:

    Not ready to dump CGC ….yet. Also, what do you want him to say? They sucked, we suck? I just heard Urban Meyer talk about how you coach after a win vs a loss … he said that it is better to coach hard after a win the team has a family attitude and can take more. After a loss there is a basically fragile psyche on the team.

    Can’t imagine their psyche at this point. Urgent is an understatement. It should be interesting on the plains.

    • wde1988 wde1988 says:

      Proud for you. You get a blue and orange cookie.

      AU is dead last in West.

      I was on the Chizik train… he is a nice man but coach he ain’t. If Jacob’s announced that Chizik that was fired tonight the outcome would be the same if he was allowed to stay.

      Stay or go, AU will be put back years.

      This team has regressed.

      Watching the OC’s interviews BVG looks as if he has quit. Loeffler looks lost. And Chizik He looks like a man who just lost to a John L Smith.

      By the way – Hugh Freeze…. is a coach. I look for AU to get beat in Oxford next week. They should have beat A&M tonight.


      • Bren Dekura Bren Dekura says:

        Not much I can say at this point… I think you’re right. They’ll give him the sacrificial coordinator I bet, but nothing will change. It’s the atmosphere that is exuded from the top down. It needs to change.

  5. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    I used to have a salesman that worked for me that consistently failed to achieve his sales goals and do the minimum required of him to perform his job. In his reviews he would always take repsonsibility for his lack of performance and tell me all the things he needed to do to get back on track, so I felt like I owed him the chance to get it together. But over the next two six month reviews, nothing changed and the salesman kept saying the same things and I finally had to say,”You keep saying you accept responsibility but you don’t ever make the necessary changes in preperation or execution, to achieve the needed results? You aren’t willing to do what it takes to succeed or you aren’t capable, either way I can’t help but move in a different direction, so I am going to have to terminate your employment status with the company.”
    I have been a Chizik supporter and am willing to give him a chance to turn things around but Chizik reminds me of this former employee. He takes repsonsibility for the teams failures but things just don’t seem to be getting any better.After last year and the complete failures of this years squad, its becoming more and more obvious that these players aren’t learning, aren’t being coached, or both. This team isn’t going to beat anybody of consequence and they don’t appear to want to beat anybody either.Failure is one thing, but accepting falure is something else. Right now the taste of defeat is something this team doesn’t mind digesting and that is something I don’t thing Auburn fans will tolerate. I know I won’t. I want to support Chizik but at this point he has to prove to me he deserves another year.

  6. Bren Dekura Bren Dekura says:

    Does anyone else just want to slap him because of all the coach speak? I honestly can’t stand it any longer. I’ll never back down from being an Auburn fan…. but come on.

    • sparkey sparkey says:

      I am sick of it. The next coach just needs to answer questions without all the damned coach speak. Hell, why don’t we go after Kirby Smart for HC?

  7. Randyc37 Randyc37 says:

    Auburn will continue to lose the fan base if this kind of play is allowed to continue. I was at the game and fans were leaving by the start of the 4th quarter. It is painful to watch this team play at this level. We all know that the QB play sucks; therefore, I would suggest combing the Junior College ranks and find a good QB who can play. Changes are needed starting with Jay Jacobs. It is time for Auburn to hire a HC and give him complete control of the program. Chizik will walk away a wealthy man if he stays or leaves.


    • AETiger AETiger says:

      “Fans leaving by the start of the 4th….” Two of my friends left at half. Three more mid-way through the 3rd. We were gone when Arkie scored to go back up by 10, because there was no hope this team could reverse a 10 point deficit. It is just crap.

      • wde1988 wde1988 says:

        Brother, I did that at the MSU game. It was pathetic, but my primary purpose in leaving was that I didn’t want my disappointment to show on my alma mater to the gracious host in Starkville.

        I will probably do the same during the Texas A&M game. I can have more fun with my kids and be a better example if I am chasing them around the RV park! 🙂


    • Todd92 Todd92 says:

      Any fans we lose because of this season need to be rooting for someone else anyway, good riddance.

      I don’t know what the answer is. I think it’s a downward spiral at this point. Moseley looked horrible and had no velocity on his throws…. I actually thought that overall Frazier wasn’t having a horrible game before getting pulled. You could only put Fraziers last sack on him. The other two were on the OL. Moseley couldn’t do any better….. It was as if the OL were stepping out of the way. Prosch was a non factor and the OL was terrible on pass protection in particular. The defense was gashed repeatedly, especially when in the nickel. We need 3 yards and a cloud of dust…… Quit trying to develop a passing game in the middle of the year…’s a lost cause.

      • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

        Agreed. I am not going to stop supporting this team, but that doesn’t mean I am not unhappy at its current state. It’s sad that we had fans leaving the game very early yesterday, but that is really the only respectful way for the fan base to show its lack of support for the direction of the program. I’d much rather have fans leaving early than boos raining down on to the field.

      • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

        YES! Really not happy about yesterday. The playcalling was abysmal. We do not have personnel to pass effectively. We do have the personnel to run effectively. It’s not that tricky.

        We had a bye week. One of our players got arrested; what were the other guys doing? If there was a sense of urgency, one would not be doing things that would make one vulnerable to being arrested.

        I don’t know what the answer is, but giving up on the Program isn’t one of them…..

        • wde1988 wde1988 says:

          Who is giving up? I am sick of the lame excuses and not knowing what is REALLY going on behind the scenes.

          But over this weekend, and I will share this with you Totm, I have come to the realization that I AM THE PROBLEM WITH AU FOOTBALL. That’s right, you heard me. I have made Auburn football a idol and I have finally figured it out.

          I am letting this mess go. It’s not worth it to me anymore. I am getting back to basics on my own. The priorities are never “right” when it’s more important than anything else. AU football will always be fun. But it isn’t now or was it ever going to get me anywhere.

          You guys figure it out. Get it straight. Let me know when its all clear! And you can take the credit for it.


  8. Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

    Chizik’s “apology” yesterday after the game reminded me of the Iraqi press secretary during the invasion of Iraq a few years ago.

  9. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Count me among those Auburn fans who stayed to the bitter end. The post game traffic was the lightest I’ve ever seen, leaving town.