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What to Think?

By on October 21st, 2017 in Football, News 8 Comments »
Julie Bennett | jbennett@al.com

Julie Bennett | jbennett@al.com

I am honored to be joining the writing staff here at Track ‘Em Tigers. As AubTigerman mentioned in his introduction article, I’ve published a few articles here at TET and filled in for National Signing Day coverage the past couple of years. As something of an introduction myself, let me just state that I’m surprised I didn’t say War Eagle before anything else. Yes, I’m Auburn through and through, and that will simply never change.

I am a Lifetime Member of the Auburn Alumni Association and, living in the Metro Atlanta area, I’m very active in the Atlanta Auburn Club. I’ve had season tickets since I graduated in ’83 and follow all things Auburn and always will. So, with intro nonsense about me out of the way, I don’t know …

“What to think”

Following the debacle in Louisiana (which we witnessed in person), I stated in a comment that I no longer know what to think as it relates to Auburn Football. I did not follow the “24-hour rule” and allowed emotion to dictate comments I made during the game and afterwards. I have since stepped back from the ledge a bit, but I still don’t exactly know “What to think.”

What to think about the loss last week? I think it should never have occurred. Period, end of sentence. 

What to think about the starting QB being unable to call an audible? Call me ignorant, but I think there should always be a “backup” play as an option the QB can utilize at his discretion. I’ve never played the game and certainly cannot coach, ergo, I’m ignorant in this regard.

What to think about a quote from the Head Coach that states, “Jarrett probably has more flexibility than any quarterback that we’ve had since I’ve been in college.” “From the standpoint to change protections, the RPO’s, the decision-making, he probably has more freedom than any quarterback we’ve had.” I think this quote tells us nothing and does not dispel the story that the QB cannot call an audible.

What to think about the play calling in the second half? I think it left a lot to be desired. We have been assured that play calling in Reynolds Razorback Stadium will not be an issue. Some players interviewed following the loss at LSU said that it was their execution, not the play calling, that was the issue.

What to think about having to shift the OL due to injury? I think this probably dictated both the play calling as well as the push LSU was able to achieve in the second half. I think AU had the offensive line positions covered very well until center Casey Dunn came out. The Dunn injury, combined with Mike Horton not making the trip, didn’t help the line. I think there is no way in which this wasn’t impactful in a negative manner.

What to think about the defense? I think Auburn would have played better with Tré Williams. To add insult to injury, with no real pun intended, losing Tray Matthews for the second half made for an uphill battle, and the AU defense suffered because of his absence.

What to think about the definition of “closer to 100%” especially as it relates to Kam Pettway? I’m sure we’ve also been told this as it relates to other players. I think I have no clue what “closer to 100%” really means. We aren’t being provided a baseline so “closer” can be defined as just “better,” I suppose. I have to hope that “closer” is at least in the 90th percentile.

What to think about Kyle Davis? I think team rules were apparently broken, so I’m okay with players having to learn life’s lessons the hard way. After all, life is tough and it isn’t fair. I’ve certainly had to learn a few of those lessons and learn them the hard way. Let’s hope that those departing Auburn learn their lessons and strive to be better individuals on and off the playing field.

What to think about recruiting? I think I’m a bit curious as to the overall objective. Does AU try and find able receivers and beef up this part of the lineup? Or, maybe think forward and plan for forthcoming losses in other critical areas? Not much to be written at this point. But TET will be right here come National Signing Day, so don’t let our lack of current coverage worry you.

What to think about Arkansas? I think Auburn should ride in and completely dominate this game from start to finish; no holding back. I think Auburn needs to make a statement and show the doubters that last week was truly an anomaly where the “better” team did not win but actually “lost” the game.

And lastly, what to think about Auburn? I think this game against Arkansas will at least define “something” but, what?

As always, Acid will have the live game day open thread up later so please tune in for that and participate if and when you can!

It’s Great to be an Auburn Tiger and until next week: what to think?

I think, WAR EAGLE!!

8 Comments

  1. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    I think we lost a huge opportunity to beat LSU and rise upward in the rankings to number 7. I think we lost the opportunity to win the SEC West. I think we lost the opportunity to play in the SEC Championship game. I think we lost the chance to play in a New Years Day bowl game. Other than these issues; it does not matter!

  2. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    I think this is a good post and it describes where I’m at today. But still hoping for a strong finish.

  3. AUTiger57 says:

    Welcome aboard Atl Au Fan. Looking forward to some great posts from you. TET is the best Auburn site, bar none. I too am baffled with the LSU loss. I’m still not over that game!!! The loss to Clemson hurt, but I accepted it due to who it was and the final score was not bad at all. But come on, loosing to LSU after a 20-0 lead????? That falls directly back to our head coach not players. We have the talent to play against ANYBODY. I can only hope that has been corrected. Time will tell in a few hours. Arkansas should never even be close in this game. The closest they should be is at the beginning when it’s 0-0!!! Congrats and best of luck Atl Au Fan. War Eagle. Go Tigers

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  5. Im4Auburn says:

    Like you Atl, I don’t know what to think. The only thing I know is I love my Tigers! Thanks for putting into words what so many of us feel.

  6. BigBlue says:

    Glad to have yet another addition to the writing staff! This is my #1 goto AU blog. I read everything, but have rarely posted.

    About the LSU game, I am still mad. Plenty has already been said about it on this site. I will add that I was at the AU-FLstate BCS championship game in Pasadena, and this comes in as a close second to the disappointment I felt after that game. I also attended the LSU game in BR 2 years ago when JJ threw the backwards pass. I am glad I was not there for this one, sorry you had to witness that live.

    I have always liked reading your comments and look forward to your articles.

  7. AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

    welcome Atl. look forward to your articles.

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