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There has been some grumbling here about the play of Auburn’s defense – and justifiably so. However, there are two sides to every story.
Consider this: Auburn plays a different style of offense. The Tigers use all sorts of motions, formations and tempos to keep defenses off balance. It’s the tempos that I want to discuss.
Gus Malzahn wants to get 80 offensive plays per game. In order to do that, he runs a version of the hurry up offense all game long. The purpose is to put pressure on the defense by wearing them down and making them adjust quickly and to get them in difficult situations so there’s little time to sub in fresh players. This can also lead to scoring more points.
The flip side of that is that it also wears on your own defense. If the offense scores quickly, the defense is back on the field quickly. If your offense doesn’t score quickly, it means your defense is back on the field quickly. See where I’m going with this…
We had this type of offense when I was a Florida and Southern Miss. It puts the defense under tremendous pressure.
Auburn’s defense is certainly not perfect, but the stats are bad in part due to the offensive system the Tigers employ. Another issue entirely is that there’s zero depth. When you play a ton of plays with no depth, your stats are not going to be great.
This post was edited by Ron Sanders on 10/11/2010 at 8:45 AM
Defeat doesn't finish a man - quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits. - Richard Nixon
Ron, i agree with you for the most part, but the glaringly obvious elephant in the room is our secondary. This weekend was the first game our D-line came out looking less than adequate. D-line also has a small bit of depth as well. The problem we have had all year has been the pass defense. South Carolina beat bama because of 2 reasons, 1) they held up the run, and 2) COVERAGE sacks.... Mcelroy had all day in the pocket but still went down EIGHT times, due to S.C.s secondary locking up bama's recievers. In my humble opinion (imho), our defense is not at that point yet and as such we are in for a rude awakening come saturday. We have to get better at pass defense or we will wind up with 3 losses.
This post was edited by wargollem on 10/11/2010 at 9:57 AM
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