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7.28.2008

Your Daily Fix, 7/28

Hey everyone. Forty-three comments is a good start. We had ourselves a nice little would-be argument during the past few days with our new friend Cappie, who was nice enough to hang around and justify his (at least somewhat off-target) comments made at CapstoneReport.com

Thanks for everyone who provided opinions. We kept it pretty clean and, you know, I think we learned something. We learned that sometimes understanding how a person draws a conclusion is more significant than the conclusion itself.

This sounds like a South Park episode now.

Today's picture, provided capably by Auburn's ace photographer Todd Van Emst, gives the world a rare gander at the full East Alabama Auburn Beat Writers Association of America roster.

Click on the picture for a much larger representation.

I am in the blue/black tie. The only guy you can't see is Goldberg. He's hiding to my right. All you can see are his trousers. Typical. So if you ever wondered what some of the guys/gals look like, there's your chance to see em in their element.

Sorry about the delay there around 3 o'clock. I'm back on track.

There was a mound of stuff to go through during the Friday exposition -- literally an hour of Auburn-themed interviews to wade through -- and some significant stuff didn't make the cut. Now it will.

Here are some minor comments from Tuberville that I find interesting:
  • THE COMMENT: "After about 10 or 12 days, we will pick a starter (at quarterback). We will have a true starter."

    MY REACTION: If Chris Todd is as healthy as advertised, I just don't see this being a reality. They're both going to play. Kodi Burns may get the title and all, but Todd's role will be bigger than Burns' was during the regular season. That's assuming Todd's shoulder is OK.

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  • THE COMMENT: "Your quarterback now is also considered a running back."

    MY REACTION: Advantage Burns.

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  • THE COMMENT: "If we wanted to consistently say, OK, we're going to stay with winning eight or nine games, sometimes 10, I think we could have stayed with the two-back offense. I think that this (new) offense gives you a lot of variables to improve on."

    MY REACTION: Good marketing idea. I am of the opinion that Tony Franklin's offensive is going to work. He has the players. He has a good idea. He's wise. Still, I don't see this being like the New England Patriots all of the sudden. Auburn's grind-it-out offense sure worked fine in 2004. Agreed?

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  • THE COMMENT: "This is a little bit simpler in terms of giving our (offensive linemen) a chance to be more physical."

    MY REACTION: We'll get three or four different answers to this question if we ask around. I just don't see how this offense makes the linemen more physical. They're in a two-point stance a lot, which is a fundamentally less aggressive position, and there will be more pass pro (or pseudo pass pro) going on. I just don't see it.

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  • THE COMMENT: "Bobby (Petrino) and I have talked many times since then. This is a business. I understand that. We get caught up in certain scenarios. That's just part of it."

    MY REACTION: Not a lie. They have talked because you have to talk with people at the Destin Meetings. Still, these guys are not homies in any sense. Tuberville is a guy who doesn't forget stuff like this. He doesn't talk smack. He's not going to needle Petrino publicly. I can assure you the Arkansas game, which was big to Tuberville anyway, will be even bigger now. If he's in an advantageous position and has a chance to stick in a few extra touchdowns ... you better believe that's going to happen.

Something else I want to mention here. The final comment above about Petrino got me thinking about Franklin. You know, he may be a great match for Tuberville. Here's why: Tuberville is a pretty cunning guy. He's pretty cut-throat on the field.

Noel Mazzone? Not that way.

Al Borges? Not that way.

Bob Petrino? That side of him emerged more after the move to Louisville. He was still a college newb in 2002.

So now Tuberville finally has an offensive coordinator that has a real edge to him. Franklin takes this stuff personally. He has the kind of intensity you typically see from defensive coordinators. It'll be interesting to see how that plays.

He is the opposite of the touchy-feely guys who have run Auburn's attack for eight of the past 10 years. (I'm not even going to attempt to make sense of 2003.)

That's just something to plant in the back of your mind.

Questions? Comments? Post directly to the blog below or email me at jgtate@gannett.com.

23 Comments:

Blogger Lonely Paul said...

Hello

2:18 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Hello.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Tate, you got a shout out on Finebaum this afternoon.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Good or bad?

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Blackwell said...

That glimpse of the beat writers is just...horrifying. Brrr.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Your take on the QB comment is interesting. I am guessing that your assumption is the Burns is the starter?

Longshore has the complete opposite take on it, which is not surprising obviously. McKnight suggested that it was motivation for more intense competition. Finebaum didn't bring it up.

What is your gut feeling? I hate to say it, but I tended to agree with Longshore. I think CTT and CTF want Todd to start. I don't know why I think that and I don't know why they would.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous hip-hopanonymous said...

I've got a few guesses as to why Paul may be lonely. I think there is a saying about a picture being worth a thousand words. The Care Bear pic speaks volulmes.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

OK. First of all, why would you listen to anything John Longshore says about Auburn football?

You'd have similar factual accuracy just scouring the Interwebs for random information.

I think Burns will be the starter because:

a.) His final-week performance in the spring was outstanding.

b.) All these references to Auburn needing a runner at quarterback mean something.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous ron mexico said...

I imagine the whole we will name a starter in 10-12 days was news to franklin. I'm guessing that was a tuberville spout off. He did something similar to borges about a backup quarterback, i think.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Because I was in the truck and it wasn't time for the roundtable yet. Granted, I generally disagree with everything he has to say. I want Kodi to be the guy. Is he the leader he needs to be? I hope you will be able to tell us.

Btw, what are all these references and when? I must have missed them.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Check out lonely paul's blog ... it's hilarious.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Hoopie said...

JGT....interesting observation regarding CTF having an aggressive attitude which none of his predecessrs had. CTF may inspire the old Riverboat Gambler to dust off the deck of cards.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Steven said...

I have never pictured CTT as cut throat. Often he seems to play it safe. Several of the Iron Bowls over the last 6 years ended up closer than they would have been if he hadn't called of the dogs.

There is one huge counter example, Sherrill. If Auburn was beating MSU 42 to 0 late in the game and scored a touchdown, I think CTT would have considered a two point conversion. I do think Sherrill really got under his skin.

Leave no doubt that there will be a little extra motivation when we play Arkansas, like there wasn't enough, but somehow I don't believe he hates Petrino. Of course, I could be wrong.

7:54 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

i was always told that ctt was holding borges' play calling back. never had any sources for these rumors, so that's probably what they were. best of luck, lonely paul.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I don't think Tuberville hates Petrino. Not at all. It's more of a civilized dislike.

Cut-throat, to me, is different than calling plays on the field. It's an attitude he has about things. He can be remarkably pointed and critical when he wants to be.

Auburn was very conservative during the second half of 2007. Cox's struggles were a big part of that.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Jay G. I've heard a couple of interviews of CTT with people I'm pretty sure he didn't care too much for. The thing is ... you couldn't tell at all. Is that what you are talking about?

10:04 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Yep.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay-
Petrino was not a college newbie in 2002. You might want to take a look at his resume.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was back on the scene after a significant hiatus. No?

Nitpicky as hell around here.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Maybe "newb" wasn't the perfect term. He was coming back from the NFL after two or three years with the Jags.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous atlantatiger said...

Who is the guy to the right of Tubs in the Picture. Also who is the lady in the back of the room with all you guys....must have been hell for her. Turner Loose?

2:29 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

I was wondering the same thing about the guy to the right.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

There's a guy on the couch with Tuberville. That's Jimmy Smothers of Gadsden. Standing in the corner (far right of the picture) is Evan Woodbery of Mobile.

The gal is Christa. She got along fine with us for three or four years. She's now in Anniston.

3:46 PM  

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