AUBURN - The video told the story, and Auburn coach Gene Chizik said it was the story of a football team with much to learn.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik during Saturday scrimmage/Todd Van Emst photo
That was the theme Monday when the Tigers returned to the field for the eighth practice of the spring.
"After evaluating the scrimmage, obviously we had a lot of improvements (to make) that were visible to our guys," Chizik said. "Today was one of those days where we tried to circle back, get better at what we tried to accomplish in the scrimmage – which we did not get that done. Today, I thought we made some more progress. I thought we moved forward."
Offensively, Chizik said he was pleased with the number of explosive plays, though he said there were other opportunities. Conversely, he wasn't pleased with the explosive plays the defense allowed.
"Defensively, I thought we did a nice job on third downs getting off the field," Chizik said. "At many points during the scrimmage, I thought there were times when we really played aggressively and physical on the run. I thought our pass rush at times, our four-man pass rush, looked good. Obviously, we haven’t arrived there either.
"The downside defensively is we are giving up too many explosive plays. That’s what we kind of went back and revisited this morning. Last year, defensively, that was kind of our Achilles Heel, particularly in the air."
The running game, Chizik said, while not consistent had some outstanding moments.
"At times, we ran the ball very effectively," Chizik said. "With the continuity of the first group, I thought we ran the ball the way we envision it being run."
For Chizik's entire post-practice interview, follow the link below.
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