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I rarely post anything of substance on here, because Philip and company do such an outstanding job of covering everything from every angle, but I wanted to share some thoughts with the Auburn family regarding predictions.
First off, I am as passionate a fan as anyone you will find. I was at the National Championship game, even though it might not have been the most sound of financial decisions, but I love my team. Passion however, should never lose ground to facts. That's why I chose the name I use on here. We all need to be realistic.
My Point: We have little to no idea how Auburn or any team will do this year.
I remember the outrage on message boards and the media when Chizik was hired. Mainly people are upset because they wanted a "proven coach". Unfortunately many overlook an important fact - all "proven coaches" were unproven or rookies at some point in their careers.
Teams are no different. People make predictions of success based on players returning that they know. They forget the fact that players can make a significant impact to a team or season without contributing anything the year before. Take Cam last year. Or even Greg McElroy the year before. Both were unproven, first year starters.
Does the fact that Auburn has talent - albeit unproven talent- permit Auburn fans from being outraged at the media slights and doubters? Of course not. By the same token above, for every Cam or Greg there is a Kodi Burns at quarterback, or a Jamarcus Russel. It just may not work out. None of us sitting here today can honestly predict how Auburn will play this year. For all of our screaming and yelling about our talent, we still have to play a lot of talented teams week in and week out.
So what's the solution? Don't let the media get under your skin. Like Saban just said this morning, they have question marks too. No team has a right to be declared anything before a down has been played on the field. Let's see where we are this Thanksgiving :)
Good post realist. I think it is going to be very interesting and fun to see how much the coaches can get out of this team. They seem to have worked very hard to find talented football players with a lot of other positives about them other than football. So to me it will be very interesting to see how this philosophy of recruiting shows up on the field. I am counting the days till football starts! War Eagle!
I also agree totally, but it isn't going to stop my smack talk around the water cooler!
Unfortunately I am not a cool radio personality. I'm just a fan who has been through a few seasons of ups and downs. I will be ready to debate any and everything once there are games being played... But all the chatter about what WILL be is pointless.
Mike Dyer could win the Heisman this year. He is that good. He could also finish worse than last year if the offensive line doesn't gel and we have to throw more than we run. None of us know.
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