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The first quote is actually something I liked hearing from him. Of course one alumni on here felt slighted and I can see why you would feel that way, but the biggest point for me was he talked about respecting Coach Dye, but then goes on to mention he doesn't have time to worry about outsiders (I refer to Dye as an outsider) etc. Good for you coach, now continue that and be like Tubbs and Bowden and keep him away from the program. I respect what Dye did for the university but also know how he got sanctioned and caught cheating hence he wasn't coaching long after that (in my opinion and based upon history, but I digress), Dye needs to just quit talking to the media and enjoy his retirement and life. Fish, golf, heck start a fundraising club if need be. I understand and love his passion for this team and for the school but he really is a cancer around the program.
Finding an identity being a struggle? A bit of an overstatement considering if what has been reported that Chizik gets involved heavily in the offense. IF that is how he feels, take a hands off approach and manage the team and upper tier decisions, not offense. If he wants to get hands on, get hands on with BVG if need be and discuss defense and different schemes. I think BVG is doing a phenomenal job and will continue to improve the defense. As for identity, that should have been found before the season started and solidified by the third or fourth week. Just my opinion.
Players can if coached properly and attitudes are checked. Coaches can if they humble themselves and ask for help. One fellow poster on these boards mentioned the tools that Saban users for his football team and you better believe that stuff works. Especially with the season going the way it is now and how Coates, Lutzy, Bell and them talk about leadership and not being all in and what have you. I think team psychologists and speakers on a weekly or more than one time a week basis would be great for them. Another thing Saban mentions and this was actually highlighted at a 3 day summit from Fortune Builders as well as many successful CEO's is they use of systems. Yes systems in place to keep the growth and expansion continuing even in the face of adversity and hardship. If a part comes off, the system is still there to get everything working properly and continuing to succeed. Coaches have to get better and I believe they can if they check their attitudes, egos, and me first mentality at the door to the complex. It is an honor and a privilege to coach at any program especially one as historic and tradition rich as Auburn. If they can't do that, then it is time to weed the garden, so to speak. As the head coach it is his responsibility to make sure everything is going smoothly and any problems that come up that aren't addressed in a timely manner or in a correct way, then he needs to handle it and come up with an amicable solution. I like the poster who said Chizik feels he doesn't need any help and won't ask for it. Even the POTUS asks for help, hence he has advisers (not touching the whole political thing with that, just making a point).
And like everyone else on here has stated, if you feel comfortable and y'all as a staff feel comfortable with giving him the ball, why aren't you continuing that every game or every game PAST the first half? The kid has heart and desire and doesn't quit. He really wants to be out there but is selfless and is a team player. But then again, he should have mentioned why you do not have an All American fullback playing more often especially with tough running situations and a young line. I think that playing Prosch more would be more successful in the long run. At times they have out-coached themselves (and by that I mean Lefty and Chizik) with play calling and selection, When something is working they decide to go away from it. If they are long, they decide a run is better than max protection schemes for passing. A lot of times, they don't make the necessary adjustments and go vanilla and telegraph it so that my dog knows what plays are being called.
I honestly just want to see improvement as a whole. It can be little strides week to week but progression and improvement. I want to see accountability and adjustments made. I want to see coaching. These boys don't forget everything when they come to play in college but the game is more physical and faster than high school. What worked for them then will not necessarily work for them now. That is when the coaching staff needs to coach and tell them why it will or won't work and how to handle the game now and the players now and what to do now. I don't see that in the game or from stat sheets. I just don't. I really like Chizik. I didn't like the hire at all. I was against it from the beginning. I even complained on a few B/R and AL.com posts about the search and then the hire. But I wouldn't have been the fan at the airport booing Chizik as he go off the plane nor Jacobs. That serves no purpose and is disrespectful and classless. I don't disagree with his feelings at all, just how he presented them. That was enough fodder for the Tider Insiders to run with for awhile. I hope he gets this fixed. I really started liking him after the first 8 games of the 2009 season, even in the losses. Just the way he handled the whole situation and having the players progress and get better and utilizing them in unique ways. He was a family man, preached the unity of team and family and I really started liking his philosophy. Yes, I did love him with the 2010 season and how he handled the whole scandal that never was. I thought we were heading in the right direction. I totally expected us to be better than 8-5 last year even with the amount of seniors and juniors that were leaving because I believe we had a good system in place and Malzahn was doing a good job with the boys and Roof was managing (not sure how the hell he has Penn State Defense ranked 20th. Surely they don't have a ton of superb defensive talent up there. Obviously we don't I just hope he gets it together. If he can and gets a bit more fire in him and actually takes it to Saban and Alabama (and I am not saying he is scared of them, he has respect for them) like Dye did to Mr. Bear Bryant when he came, then we will truly accomplish a nice string of victories and be in the championship run for the long haul. Good luck Chizik and my most favorite college football team ever! WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!
* As a side note, I am from Hammond, IN and grew up a big Notre Dame fan. They can play football though that last decade has been awash it mostly. However, I also was a huge Auburn fan as well and they really have been my favorite college football team since I can remember. My dad was from Kentucky but raised in Alabama and he was a huge fan as well. I have seen both regions of football and the south is truly the most unique, hardest hitting, respectful and best there is!
This post was edited by WarEagleAUAL 18 months ago
It's Auburn Football! WAR DAMN EAGLE! ALL WE DO IS WIN! WIN! WIN! NO MATTER WHAT!
My only problem is that if you don't have time to worry about outsiders, why comment at all. Next question please would suffice. JMHO.
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