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-we're playing almost TWENTY fewer players per game than our opponents, yet we're recruiting in the top 10 every year. Are our coaches whiffing that bad on player evaluation during the recruiting process? Maybe, which would still be bad, but I doubt it, which is worse.
-we have a 5star, USA Today National Player of the Year at QB, granted recruited for a spread offense, but the coaching staff is doing such a poor job building his confidence that at times it literally appears he can't physically make the ball leave his hand.
-we have almost a starting lineup of 4 and 5 stars that can't make the field, yet we can't get a straight answer about whats going on. I understand the nature of modern college football, I know I don't need to know much, but why is our depth chart littered with the refuse of guys that used to look like they had NFL potential?
-according to scout.com, our recruiting ranking is 4.5 over the past 3 years, yet we consistently lose to teams with lesser talent. (Bryan/Phillip/etc- I MUCH prefer your site, our average ranking was simply higher on Scout so I used it as a point of emphasis) I don't want to hear that we're 'young' either, this next recruiting class will be Chizik's 5th at Auburn, if we're still young at this point it is entirely his fault.
-and I dont want to hear, 'well, we won a national championship for the first time in over 50 years'. Yes, we did, and that usually sends programs on the upswing as their recruiting improves. Our recruiting certainly improved, so what happened?
And unfortunately I could just keep going. Look, I love Auburn with every fiber of my being. I have cried over a loss at a higher age than I'd care to admit. But to look at the program now and not admit something is amiss would be flat out wrong. If I had a teenager that was throwing their life away due to irresponsible behavior, it would be more than irresponsible of me not to intervene. I know the analogy is extreme but the point remains, as fans of one of the top 12 all time winningest programs we deserve far more.
Compare Florida's rebuilding process, especially on offense, compared to our's. What do your eyes tell you? They have been on pretty much the same schedule as us, and have had similar recruiting classes. Do you think there is a noticable difference in on field performance?
They look good so far this year.
"Get in where you fit in." Life is, Too Short TL;DR
Auburn Insider, if you are really an insider, tell us how so. What makes you an insider? I doubt you will though because your posts are always cryptic and posts anyone could make and claim to be an insider.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Wareagle0008 19 months ago
But what about their youth and inexperiance, especially at QB? And the fact they have a new O coordinator and a new system? There is no way with all that going against them , that any team could possibly look like they are getting better.
What was 'cryptic' about that post? Seemed pretty straight forward, just my observation.
"Townes used to say that there's only two kinds of music: the blues and zippity-doo-dah, and this ain't zippity-doo-dah." -Steve Earle
That post would be the exact opposite of cryptic, IMO.
Like I said, I doubt you will tell us how you are an insider. Thanks, I now know to ignore your "inside information."
Seriously, don't take me too serious.
Auburn from day one.
I'm really starting to wonder if you can accurately use the word "fans" to describe those that would run our treasured program into the ground out of loyalty, inertia, fear of change, or something. I understand what Gene Chizik has done and think he is one of the finest men around, and I will always be grateful to him for bringing the NC back to the Plains, but most teams experience a dramatic upswing following a NC and somehow we have taken the opposite track. We got the requisite recruiting bump from the NC, but the ability to coach these guys up is obviously lacking severely. The man is consistently leaving the best talent on the bench and running off talented players that might have needed a little extra guidance. These are 18 yr old kids coming in, some from rough backgrounds. They need a little development and support, I know I certainly did at 18 and I'm from a very different background than these players, yet Chizik seems to provide neither. Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Desmond Howard, the list goes on and on of Hall of Fame players that Chizik would have simply run off the team instead of prividing the extra attention that these players needed to go on to legendary careers. Had they signed under Chizik they'd be lucky not to be asking if you want fries with that at this point.
"The man is consistently leaving the best talent on the bench"
See my post on having an NFL mindset. The players who earn it play. Period.
This post was edited by AUTX 19 months ago
Not sure that applies. The NFL is for the most part filled with fully developed grown men- they're getting paid, making them professionals. In college, half of the job as coach is player development. Especially of the great talents on your team who just need a little more attention to become something special. I see what you're saying abt having an NFL mindset, but as we can tell by our on the field play that might not be the most effective strategy for putting the best product on the field.
Btw, AUTX, is that Samford Hall in the background behind all of those soldiers? What year was that photo taken?
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