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Warrrrr Damn Eagle!!!! Been needing this win for a long time! That was a huge confidence builder all the way around! Great job by the team and coaches to never panic. Reminded me of 2010 in a lot of ways. We all know what happened that year… :-)
Anytime you finish -3 in the turnover margin and still win is an amazing night. I think the questions about whether Marshall can throw the ball have been answered. Though he still needs to get a bit more touch on those deep passes. On to next week!
MCT without bothering to research your question I feel confident we just saw the longest completion from QB to QB. That showed a lot of poise…
Disconcerting that we got gashed for so many yards – and occasionally resembled last year’s defense…but take note, according to “The Real Postgame Show” hosted by Will Moon, after their first possession of the 3rd QTR they never converted another 3rd down. Assuming that is accurate – that is encouraging. Even if that is not accurate we D stepped up and held them scoreless for the remainder of the game. I knew running v. them was going to be tough sledding – and their Achilles heel is the secondary
Bottom line, our 10 game SEC losing streak is history…thank God. Now we go to Baton Rouge with ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to lose. If Marshall can tighten up his accuracy yet more we could shock the world! :)
Wow, now that is a game ! I would say Nick grew up a little more and they have that attitude back that we are use to ! “D” still is a work in progress, but as you said, last year it would have been a give up situation. I know next week is going to be touch, but I like the way the program is going now…WARRRRRRRRRR EAGLE !…Baby steps !
Spencer, Auburn’s SID tweeted that we didn’t allow MSU to convert a 3rd down in the entire second half. Which must mean that either we didn’t hold them to a 3rd down on that first drive of the half, or else we did hold them and they converted on 4th, instead.
That was awesome last night. More than anything, it was nice to remember how exciting Auburn football can be…even though it was Miss. St.! The effect of a win like that will do wonders for team chemistry.
Walt, thanks for the confirm on that. Indeed I recall a few 3rd downs where we denied them but gave up 4th down attempts. Still, all told not bad – and significant adjustments were made. Good to see what was considered 2 of our best defenders on the field for the first time this year – Dee Ford and Justin Garrett.
We missed Chris Davis… BUT it’s a W nonetheless and we equal last year’s W total by mid-September :)
Oh, forgot to add that I had a moment of complete glee when a camera caught Kodi B. on the sidelines giving a call. Man that was great to see!!!
In regard tithe Fluker story, well of course! I mean he was the only person in America that lost everything after Katrina. Poor guy…wait, he had his college paid for and the opportunity to earn more than $6 million…just like everyone else from Katrina….oh..yeah…hmmmmm… : /
After the Wazzu win I was on the bus rockin the AU hat. When exiting I heard a quiet but heartfelt War Eagle. I got off the bus and returned salute to a yuppy-ish couple wearing friendly, albeit slightly reserved smiles. Smiles I read as saying “We might be new to the area, but we aint hipster clone gentrifiers. We are War Eagle”! So welcome to the hood new friends, and welcome back Tigers to the winning side of things in the SEC. May we never fall that far away from winning ways in our conference. Possibilities abound as our potential for a September to remember comes into better focus with a noteworthy performance against LSU.
Wow. What a game. The bend-but-don’t-break defense isn’t good for my health, but it seems to be working. One thing I don’t understand, maybe those of you with more football knowledge can answer: Why do we allow so much yardage by the other team by being in zone coverage the first half of every game so far, then switch to man coverage in the second half to all but stymie their efforts? Why don’t we just start with man coverage and stay there? Clearly our guys are more comfortable and effective in that set.
Kind of like that Nickel Defense thing…Prevent Defense? A good question AU Fish. As far as not being good for the health…I know this isn’t either, but I found Leinenkughgals (Spelling right?) “Summer Shandy” lemonade and beer mix tends to calm the nervous as you pace back and forth in front of the TV. One other thing- I have been looking on the blogs today and have seen several pics of a bunch of players in the stadium just beaming from ear to ear over the victory the other night. Almost the same look you see when a team wins the SEC or NC…this win was huge for confidence and the pure joy that these players experienced…OH, I would give up half of my Power Ball earnings to see us beat LSU Sat night (If I happen to win the $400M on Weds night that is)
We don’t stay in man coverage because we don’t have the depth to do so. That’s pretty much the reason Ellis Johnson has said. He wants to play press coverage and be attacking, but right now we just don’t have the depth of talent we need to do it.
For the record we do mix coverages during the game. Walt is right that we don’t have the depth of personnel to be able to go man the whole time but there are occasions when zone makes sense – and with the right talent, zone is completely acceptable (and in the NFL it is preferred by a lot of teams because it creates more opportunities to trick the opposing QB into thinking a given route will be open when in fact the rotation is changed to something he hasn’t seen in film study. With straight up man the QB can look at the match ups at the line of scrimmage and see if he has a mismatch that can be exploited and go with that option (just like we did for our game winning TD pass….C.J. Uzomah is around 6′ 5″ and had single coverage by a DB that was about a half foot shorter.
One other aspect of zone that is helpful is run support. If you’re playing press man and all receivers run fly routes, every DB will have to respect that and start sprinting away from the line of scrimmage. With that the offense has severely limited run support from 2 or 3 defenders – thus on the interior line you’ll have 7 blocking 6 unless the safety cheats down – then it’s 7 blocking 7 but more open field for the D to cover.
And in fairness, man makes perfect sense at times as well. But I’ll save that diatribe for some other time. I think my football geekness is showing enough already. ;)
Thanks for the coverage clarification. That makes sense and I knew there had to be more to it. I read that we are predicted to knock off one of our big 4: UA, LSU, TAMU, or UGA. I see LSU being our most likely candidate IF that comes true. I am also even more worried about the TAMU game now; Manziel will have a heyday if we play like we did Saturday.
Manziel will have a heyday v. just about anybody. That offense @ TAMU is truly elite. Their defense…pretty pedestrian. We’ll have to outscore ‘em…plain and simple. But that’s looking ahead. We have a cat fight on the bayou looming. If we play our best and they play less than their best, we have a shot. Anything less than that combination would be a likely L. The most important thing we’ll see Saturday is how well we react to adversity. If we play with poise and fight like crazy for 60 minutes, I’ll be proud.
What gives me hope is LSU has played nobody yet and they’ll be looking forward to UGA. And I look at it this way, if we lose and then we can get back up and win vs. the General Akbears the next week, we’ll be farther then we were last year and the guys can take this as a learning moment and use it next year…much like our 2004 & 2010 teams did. That’s what I keep telling myself, this is the learning curve/character building year before the perfect season. Heck, right now I’m just happy to see the kids smiling and enjoying themselves, not treating the game like a trip to the dentist.
Just the game though right Fish, no prolonged injury… just a stinger, something that ensures our win and their loss??? I’m not for that necessarily, I would just prefer he had a hangover from the previous night partying though.
I haven’t watch too much LSU, but we have been vulnerable against the run… I suspect LSU will try to run it early… Maybe to their demise (we rotate DLs A LOT).
MCT I may as well make myself ineligible for winning a Pick ‘Em since I haven’t hit the top spot yet in three tries this year. Pretty good separation between me and # 1.
As for AU with 10 points, I LOVE your team spirit (and if AU stuns the college football world and knocks off LSU you will be assured a nice finish for the week) but I’ll be going the other way. How I hope to be dead wrong….
And I’ll echo you AuburnFish, Therezie has a nose for the ball like no one else. Great combination of preparation, instinct, quickness to get to the play, and solid fundamental tackler. Wish we had 20 more just like him.