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Somehow, Some way

By on September 30th, 2016 in Football, News 6 Comments »
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I took great joy this past week telling anyone that would listen that for Auburn the “second” time is always a charm. After a slow-building, crock-pot type affair, Auburn withstood LSU and Leonard Fournette last weekend to upset the 18th ranked Bayou Bengals under the lights in Jordan-Hare. It was far from pretty, and the offense is still most definitely a work in progress, but you don’t have to look far to find signs of life on this Auburn football team. And that is very good news for this coaching staff. 

Gus Malzahn hasn’t provided any extraordinary initiative for his defense to play at a high level. Instead, they have been forced to play with their backs against a wall for much of the season. Through it all thus far, the Auburn defense has shined. Auburn has been in every contest this season and painfully close to having an unblemished record if only the offense could have awarded their stellar play with any sort of spark resulting in a red-zone touchdown. 

The good news is that Auburn’s offensive “scheme” is seemingly finding its comfort zone—whatever that is. Despite not one trip to the end zone last week the offense looked a lot more polished than it had against Clemson and Texas A&M. I can’t help but feel like they were one explosive play away (much like Kerryon Johnson’s ridiculous touchdown run against Arkansas State)  from really settling down and finally gaining the confidence they need to take the next step.

I’m also pleased with the absence of Jeremy Johnson from the quarterback rotation and the overall lack of quarterback uncertainty that plagued the offense in game 1.  Not to bash Jeremy Johnson, but it’s been painfully obvious for quite a while now that this offense simply does not perform with him at the helm. 

The wildcat “package” is the most glaring weakness I can see going forward. From what I’ve seen in Auburn games of late, I think it’s safe to say that it’s a rhythm killing, momentum ruining black hole for the offense. I know that Gus’s totally dropping this formation from his playbook is essentially blasphemy, but this has to be scrapped or scaled back to a large degree.

Having grown up watching Auburn teams that could have lined up and pushed an opposing line of Sherman tanks back to gain a yard on the ground, it is nothing but embarrassing watching a Tigers’ offense led by a true offensive genius line up 4 times against any opposing team on their goal line and fail to score. 

But for all the gripes and complaints that are now in vogue on message boards and at backyard cookouts across the South for Auburn fans, it is most important to be appreciative of a solid SEC win against a premier team in this league. This coaching staff now has that elusive, momentum-swinging victory under its belt for 2016. What they do with that momentum going forward will ultimately determine the coaches’ fates.

6 Comments

  1. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    If Auburn is going o run the wildcat……PUT JF3 in!!!!!!

  2. HillTopPlainsman says:

    “Crock-pot type affair?” – That’s one way to put it. I hope it keeps on cooking and brewing more good things all the way to the end of the season. We’ll be back in JHS Saturday. Really enjoyed last week’s game but I’m hoping we can enjoy another Ark. State type win this week. Don’t won’t to sit through another nail biter. Enjoyed the read this morning Derrick.

  3. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..The best way to run the wildcat effectively is to not substitute, and line up quickly. Running a package in for it kills momentum, and tips the other team off.

    …..I’ve never done crock-pot cooking. Just can’t quite make myself leave the house with a device or pot generating heat! I do plenty of slow-cooking, but with stock pots and stove eyes, instead. Or the smoker, outdoors.

  4. ausouthal says:

    Is Auburn the only team to have had a goal line stand made against them? Has AU ever stopped a team in a goal line situation? There has been at least two sure touchdown passes dropped in the end zone that I can remember and at least one overthrow of a wide open receiver. The offensive coaching staff can’t make the plays for them. Players have to step up and make the plays. It is like in golf if you get to thinking you can’t make the putt then it expands and you can’t make any putts. Just calm down folks. We looked so much better against LSU on offense as compared to the debacle against Clemson. The tds will come.

    • AubieCE AubieCE says:

      LSU D is not the little sisters of the poor.
      They are pretty salty bunch.
      AU ran downhill pretty well vs them.
      Probably the best “D” AU will face until November in Tuscaloosa.

  5. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Sorry to be so late on this, but, this was MY IRON BOWL! Being a life long resident of Baton Rouge, LA, makes this a very important game for my peace of mind. Needless to say this was one proud Auburn Man after that game. It was unfortunate that the final play had to go to review because it should never have been allowed had the refs been observant. The play clock was on 23 before the ball was snapped. The whistle should have been blown then. Never forget: WIN or lose,
    IT’S ALWAYS GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER !!!
    WAR EAGLE !!!
    GO BIG BLUE !!!
    CAGE THE BULLDOGS !!!