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"Brick by brick, my citizens. Brick by brick"
A little over board TT.
Yes CSL will have to go. He is toxic and probably unfairly.
I would immediately return to the spread. The evidence is overwhelming. The spread is difficult to defend and puts points on the board. We are seeing this in both college and the pros. Auburn will have an advantage over most schools. They can attract the BEST spread athletes. Weather we improve offensively enough this season to be bowl eligible won't matter. Just make it clear that from this day forward Auburn will run the spread offense with the emphasis on downhill running.
But along with this commitment if I were CGC I would drop the excuse that you can't play tough defense and run the spread. Change how you prepare defensively, but don't quit trying to BE PHYSICAL! Ever. Defense is the foundation to any success. CGC has made the right moves defensively IMO. The improvement is there, but has been dwarfed by the offense's meltdown.
Who would I replace as OC.? Well it sure as hell would not include getting rid of Trooper and Luper. No way! These guys did just fine with Gus and are great recruiters. They know the spread better than anyone on this team. Look at Ok.SU's offense. It continues to pill up points. These are spread guys. I think you have some other motive to suggest this move. However; Tony Franklin deserves a second chance or I would hand it over to Troop or Lup. There are others capable of being OC and running a spread. As long as these assistants are committed to the spread there won't be any reason to think additional staff changes need to be made.
Your suggestion would have been nice if we were talking about CTT. CTT was the visionary to move to the spread and I never questioned his defenses. Nall and company were bad news. They brought Auburn and CTT down IMO.
When CGC sees it. Auburn will once again be competing for a Championship and very quickly. I just hope it is not too late.
This post was edited by Eagleson 18 months ago
There are hundreds of coaches around the country that know how to run the spread. Find the best one with a solid history of success at the FBS level and give him whatever he requires to be successful. Everything is on the table. If we don't have an effective offense we might as well shut down the program.
We all knew the CSL hire was iffy. If he can get it together before the end of the season, great. If not, we absolutely cannot go through this again or the entire staff is gone and we start again from square one in '14.
I would let the coaches that I hired, do their job. If then they show they can't, show them the door. I would elevate someone already on staff to replace the terminated person. Like it or not, college football is a business and we are on the brink of bankruptcy. If at the end of year, things are still bad, grow a set and step down. Put someone in that can keep the ship afloat and moving forward at a consistent rate, not one that starts and stops every 100 yards or so.
Here's what I'd do: I'd pull in Loeffler and Van Gorder and say something to the effect of "look, we are 1-4. I realize I don't have time to involve myself in the offensive and defensive game planning. And to the extent I have done that, I apologize to each of you. It's clear that it didn't work. What I want each of you to do is create the game plan you believe gives your unit the best chance of having success on Saturday and implement that plan. You have my word from this point forward that I will not interfere with your plans." I would then call the players in for a meeting and say something to the effect of "Fellas, I won a National Championship in 2010. It wasn't by accident. I understand what a great team looks like. I understand what great leadership looks like. I also understand what great coaching looks like. The first thing I want to tell you is that I have failed you as your head coach and for that I apologize. What I am hear to tell you is that I have made some corrections that will put us in a position to be successful on Saturday but I need you to believe what I'm telling you. I realize some of you are unhappy about your playing time. Fellas, it took me 10 years longer than I thought it should have ever taken to become a head coach and I never could understand why. But I finally realized that it wasn't my time but my time did come. And yours will too. There's more to being on a team than who is playing and who isn't. If you aren't playing, I need you giving everything you have on the practice team because that's going to make your teammates better and put us in position to win. To the guys who are playing, all I need you to do is to play your assignment that your position coach gives you and most importantly, be better than the man in front of you wearing different colors."
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