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War Damn Eagle / Re: Simple Thoughts. All I Got.
« Last post by jmar on Today at 03:24:49 AM »
Yawned through the first half and got out for some errands and caught a little Rod and Stan. They mentioned our best gain from scrimmage being when both guards pulled. Thought to myself we might have something here if we can pull both tackles as well. Then there were more failed dives which they pointed out was from lack of push. And then Stidham missed Schwartz because the corner yanked at him without a foul being called.

This Schwartz kid is phenomenal. Could be the most electrifying receiver in all of college football. Has really good hands which surprises me only because he is a track kid.

So here's the deal as I see it.

Whenever Schwartz is on the field, there's your first read. Eyes on safety.

But how do you have enough time with our porous offensive line? Make them useful in a more subversive sense.
Indulge me please.
Whenever you are overmatched or essentially outnumbered you have to make adjustments. If the defense has great speed you use that speed against it with draws, screens and delayed routes.
And since we have a defense capable of shutting teams down we really can pull this off if our play calling trust is willing to change.

We need Cox back there predominately  to protect and as a safety valve, not just to be a lead blocker.
Need to employ a tight end and actually use it to our advantage for a change. ie. curl and drag routes

All can be used to spring Boobie, Shivers or receiver underneath for a pass or sweep...and with less touches meaning they take less of a beating.
That area beneath Schwartz has to be ripe for all kinds of possibilties.

I'm not saying go full-on pro style...more like multiple. We can still use motion and become more multiple by having one less wide receiver on the field using our weakness to our advantage.

We have far to much talent to be this inept on offense. And it's counterproductive to continue to run dive plays and stall out behind our own roadblocks or to have Stidham try to get what he can out of sheer frustration. 
Anyway-
this is what made Tulsa fun to watch when Malzahn was there. It's what Petrino used in his first stint at Louisville. It can resemble what Todd ran at Auburn when Gus was O. C. and it killed.


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War Damn Eagle / Re: Simple Thoughts. All I Got.
« Last post by djsimp on Today at 02:24:31 AM »
Annnd, one more thing, Dean unloaded on the #21s ass. JH went nuts.
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War Damn Eagle / Re: Simple Thoughts. All I Got.
« Last post by djsimp on Today at 01:57:57 AM »
More? I got it. That was the ugliest 34-3 win Ive ever seen. NG, R Davis, The Scwartz...all super fn fast. Spell check later. 

Play calling, not Gus. I lost count on how many times Gus was walking up and down the sidelines with arms crossed pissed pf as hell about the off ass hell. Its the shoot they dont show an TV. He was mad as hell. I got bets on how many games it takes before he takes back over play calling. There were countless times that the play clock was almost at zero before the call was made. A couple times it had Stidham pissed because they either had to call a TO or even 1 delay of game because of it. All happened as Auburn was moving the ball down the field but eventually stalled the drive. Thats not on Stidham, that ls on the fathead OC. There is miscommunication somewhere and Im telling you, Gus madder than two hells on the sideline. Also, more aweful penalties. The ones that the Zebras were just flag happy. O.M.G, why the hell you call a block in the back when the blockers head and right hand was on the inside of the shoulder!!!! Im telling you, that ref nealry had at least had 20k fans come out on the field for dat ass.
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War Damn Eagle / Re: Simple Thoughts. All I Got.
« Last post by djsimp on Today at 01:41:16 AM »
Was there and seen it. Our problem is the OL. Seen it and felt it. Stidham doesnt trust them. Boogie is the real deal, K Martin is not. The D is badazz even after being on the field so dang much. NG(short for Snaggles name for the Trussville boi) and Davis are super damn fast. Again the OL is the problem, thats it. No pass protection at all. A QB should have 3 seconds, Stidham has 1.
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War Damn Eagle / Re: Simple Thoughts. All I Got.
« Last post by The Prowler on Today at 01:27:48 AM »
That's probably the best special teams play I've seen in a long time (minus Carlson "the Giraffe" FGs, he'll get better). This offense has no power and it starts with the big uglies, no movement at all...stalemate across the line. The RBs are good-ish (right now they're a notch below what we've had nearly every season). I'm still not sure if it's terrible plays being called, Stidham has PTSD because he knows that the Oline isn't good, or his mind has been elsewhere with the new marriage and his balls are in the wife's purse? Probably a bit of all of it.

The defense is just nasty...I love it. When Jamel Dean shot bubbled that RB on the toss sweep...I shed a tear, because it has been so long since I'd seen a ball carrier get his bell clocked like that (Junior Rosegreen's hit on Georgia receiver Reggie Brown 2004).
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Plainsman Park / Re: 2018 Installment of MLB Bitchin' & Moanin'
« Last post by Snaggletiger on Today at 01:22:08 AM »
Sorry, but despite feeling like a loss after a 34-3 Auburn win, I'm celebrating a Bravos division victory.  Look, I've said it several times.  We've proven we don't match up with the big boys.  So, I expect an early post season exit.  That's fine.  As I said prior to the season, even top management was saying this year was only about finding out what young guys would be part of the plan going forward.  Kudos to Snitker.  Manager of the Year, Hands down.

Now, I beg to differ with Jar on the importance of the race in the NL Central.  The 2nd place team will absolutely win the WC.  With 7 games to play, the Brew Crew holds a 2 game lead on the Cards.  Cubs are in regardless. 

Gawt Damn It, Come on Cards.  Win out.  Cubs/Cards/Braves/Dodgers gives me wood.  fudge the Brewers.

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War Damn Eagle / Re: Simple Thoughts. All I Got.
« Last post by Snaggletiger on Today at 01:12:10 AM »
When I say SEC caliber, I'm really focused more on what we've had at AU for sooo long.  Whitlow ain't close. Tre Mason got 1,000 yards in 2012 behind an entire team that had given up 3 games into the season.  He's a strong kid.  End of story.  No elusiveness.  Makes nobody miss.  No threat at all to break one off.  He's 215 and serviceable. 

Kam..nope.  He's a Sun Belt back at best.  Our 3rd option is 5'7".  Seriously?  In the SEC?
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War Damn Eagle / Re: Simple Thoughts. All I Got.
« Last post by WiregrassTiger on Today at 01:04:03 AM »
Boobie is absolutely an SEC caliber RB. He ain’t got shoot for blocking and still gets yards.

I am done with Kmart though.
And Stidham now looks like SW. a damn shame.
^^all of this except Kmart. I’m not done with him.

Boobie is good. Reminds me of Peyton Barber. No Cadillac top end but runs really hard. And like cctau said- with little help. This oline is below average and without a good o line, Stidham is not good. He’s not as good as I thought he was or at least he’s not so far.
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War Damn Eagle / Re: Simple Thoughts. All I Got.
« Last post by CCTAU on Today at 12:50:55 AM »
Boobie is absolutely an SEC caliber RB. He ain’t got shoot for blocking and still gets yards.

I am done with Kmart though.
And Stidham now looks like SW. a damn shame.
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War Damn Eagle / Simple Thoughts. All I Got.
« Last post by Snaggletiger on Today at 12:28:53 AM »
Our defense is really good. Despite everything, they held an SEC opponent to 3 points.  They held Washington to 16.  They held LSU to 22 despite horrific officiating.  We're totally good on that side of the ball.

Special teams:  Igbinoboodabinogene was awesome.  My man-love for Ryan Davis is to the point that he filed for a restraining order against me.  Carlson has all the tools.  He's technically a freshman.  He can only get better.

Offensively, we're offensive.  It starts at the O-line and we're just not very good right now.  Running backs?  Sorry to say this, but this is as bad as I've seen it in 2-3 DECADES.  Kam and Boobie are not SEC caliber running backs.  They do a couple of things well, but they're zero threat.  No break away speed.  No elusiveness.  Really....nothing.  And I'll say it for the 4th week in a row and until I'm blue in the face.  Stidham is absolutely a system QB.  If quick read #1 is not there....he's toast.  And right now, he's missing the hell out of wide open receivers. 

On top of that, our play calling is abysmal.

What it looks like 4 games in.  Great D.  Just what we expected.  Special teams are pretty damn good, minus the FG kicking.  Our offense looks like they'd be hard pressed to put 24 on Opelika High School.  Don't know how to fix it, or if it can be fixed.  We'll be 4-1 after next week.  It may feel like 1-4.        
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