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9.23.2008

Video update, 9/23

Today's clip stars The Starting Quarterback, the Starting Strong-Side Linebacker, the backup Strong-Side Defensive End and a coach.

Enjoy.

30 Comments:

Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Say what you want to ... the players talk about a championship a lot. I like that. I don't remember that in the past either. Even if it is unrealistic, and who's to say it is, you have to have it as your goal. We think they can't do it. It's nice to hear that they think they can. What do we know?

For all of you who are going to jump on me in a little while saying I was talking about how we can win the national championship, just go ahead and shut up now. I was talking about their attitudes.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Phred, the only area I can say LSU was clearly better was O-line. And moving forward they may be better at the QB position - depends on if Lee can continue the pace he left on the field during the AU game.

Look, Shoemaker absolutely killed Auburn that night. Killed 'em. You have bad night and you make bad plays. But nothing he did was legit that night.

You can point to Ziemba's huge brainfart. Players not lining up right. Busted plays. Luck. Blah blah blah. The bottom line in my book is AU got it handed to them from the coaching ranks at LSU and our punter nailed us to the ground.

LSU had a gameplan. Auburn did not. Auburn does not use its playmakers. Who doesn't?

Auburn was clearly the better team in the first half. But they were clearly outsmarted in the second half. That's coaching.And, or course, our lovely punter of the night.

Our defense wasn't anymore worn than theirs. We had them on their heels plenty. We had the right moments to put them away. But everything we heard in the preseason about what Otis could do with "all this talent" and talent's not a factor at Auburn offensively

Bottom line. You can't win championships playing not to lose. Tubs plays not to lose. And he loses, man. Plain and simple.

Some posters wanted positive spin today. Don't think it's deserved. LSU won the game. Period. And they left as the better team. And to your point, Phred, Auburn has the players to win championships. It just needs the coaches to step up.

7:11 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

i hate to disagree with mr. crudup, knowing he has greater access to info than i do stuck out here in tucson, but i believe that au's defense was gassed in the 2nd half--not from too much time on the field in the 1st half, but from too much time on the field against msu and so miss. lsu had two games against inferior competition and a postponed game. fresher legs resulted (although a bit of rust was exposed in the 1st half). my 2 cents worth (which, tomorrow, may buy you two shares in fannie mae), is that au showed up, played better than i expected and put on one whale of a show for espn. i disagree with several things the coaching staff did, but we were in position to win at the end. i don't think we're out of the running yet.

7:32 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

After rewatching the game, I thought Auburn played well. Tony franklin made a good move by calling plays from the booth. The passing plays looked like we all expected at the beginning of the year. The running plays don't seem to be effective without a running quarterback in there. If we can stay relatively healthy we can still have a really good season.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Good points, all.

The HOTTIES are pretty damn informed and rational, I must say.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

This might sound kinda dumb, but I remember this playing sports growing up. Sometimes, good things didn't really start happening until after we lost one. You just kinda had to get that taste in your mouth to realize that you hate it.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out-coached? Alright...I'm OK with that. I didn't rewatch the film, but it seems that LSU modiffied some running game blocking assignments at halftime. We also misjudged their Qb passing abilities. The "Hat" is one unpredictable dood...we can't forget that again.

I still think our linemen were dragging more than theirs by the end of the game. No criticism....they are just a tuff team in the trenches.

I originally predicted us to lose 2-4 games this year. If we can get through the Ark. game without any losses and major injuries...this team will have gelled, be rested and be ready to take on WVa, UGA and Bama.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Okay ... from now on Tuesday night is Sports Philosophy night. I like it.

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading Les Miles comments regarding the mortage crisis bailout, I see once again that you can figger out what he did or said and it works....you just aren't sure how or why he got there.

Kinda how he coaches.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Good parallel, Hoop.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Sullivan013 said...

There was one factor that no one seems to point out about our running game: no diversity. Our 'run option' play, isn't believable without a fast QB and there is no second back to either block or hand the ball off to. It's just the one back on his own.

I feel the reason we had limited success last year was that even though we had limited passing, there were several options for running the ball from the two back set. With a single back, it's not hard to guess who's going to get the ball 80% of the time.

Just my two cents. Put Lester/Fannin/Davis in opposite Tate on the other side of Todd and you'd be surprised how improved the run game will be.

5:25 AM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Moderately long pass play. Check. One dimensional running play featuring average Ben Tate. Check. Results? Punt sub 20 yards.

Coaching. Punting. Scratch.

This is simply an awful mixture of Tubs meets Tony. You can't have it both ways.

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let Kodi Burns have a chance. When he has been in there before he has proven to be a play maker.Chris Todd reminds me of a bad Branndon Cox.I thought the sorry quarterback years were behind us.Now even our running game looks bad. If Tony Franklin would look at last years stats and not go by how he is feeling that day ,maybe we could get something going. Give Kodi a shot!

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon, you sure you want to say that?

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Kodi will tranfer to FSU.

OOOOooOOoOo

OOoOOO

OoOO

That's the war chant if you would be so kind.

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outcoached? Would someone please tell me what that is? I hear it all the time and for some reason the outcoached team always loses!

Can you outcoach another team and still lose? Maybe you get a couple of bounces that don't go your way. Maybe the player is coached properly and put in the right position but the player does not execute?

Seems to me when you have two relatively evenly matched teams it comes down to execution, conditioning, and errors.

Oh, and let's not forget about lady luck.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Onside kick in the third quarter. Flea-Flicker for a touchdown in the third quarter ... THESE are examples of being outcoaced.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

"I hear it all the time and for some reason the outcoached team always loses!"

As a general rule, I would say that this makes sense to me.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous jim in scranton said...

Blizting on 3rd and 10 against a freshman QB who hasn't done squat and leaving a true freshman CB in one-on-one coverage against their fastest receiver.

Another example of being outcoached.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous WarEagleRK said...

It's funny, for a couple of years a complaint was that we didn't blitz enough, not it's that we shouldn't have blitzed.

Since the QB hadn't done much all game, the thought would be the blitz would cause him to panic and force the turnover or the bad pass. The kid stepped up and made the throw, which he hadn't done all game. Hat's off to him for making the play.

You expect the coverage to be better.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Oh yeah, WIDE open crossing routes.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I would agree that Miles made better, more innovative decisions the other night.

With that said, blitzing on third down and leaving Neiko Thorpe in one-on-one is a risk that makes sense to me. People get beat sometimes. LSU's guys were beat several times as well.

The difference in that game was that LSU could run when it needed to run and Auburn couldn't.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

and punting.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous WarEagleRK said...

I'm surprised at the number of people (not all on here) who are convinced QB play is all that cost us the LSU game & the number of people who don't realize it was LSU we lost to and not some cupcake.

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The LSU second half running game wore down our Dline. Their freshman Qb performed much better than we anticipated(coaching mistake?) and did better than they anticipated (coaching mistake?).

What happpened to the ability of the no-huddle spread wearing down the defenses? Maybe b/c MSU and LSU aren't ACC defenses(Clemson)?

Jus' Sayin'

9:14 AM  
Anonymous WarEagleRK said...

The offense seemed to have more urgency vs Clemson so there were tons of plays, where this year the urgency doesn't seem to be there.

I think they played the Clemson game with the small amount of practices like they had nothing to lose.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous jim in scranton said...

The risk was greater than the reward on the blitz. Why risk giving up a big play when LSU had not moved the ball consistently at that point? That play opened up the floodgates. Lee had not proven he could make plays yet, but that game him the confindence he needed.

As Pat Dye once said, hindsight is 50/50, but I still don't think it was the right call.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

I think I know what he meant. It could have gone either way.

Like Yogi Berra ... it's brilliant in its dumbness.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous WarEagleRK said...

Pat Dye also used to say "When you blitz, somebodys band is going to play."

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Bo said...

If you look at the replay, Thorpe was sort of stumbling at the end of his coverge. Something happened. He was where he needed to be and just, for some reason, lsot his footing. It happens. It happened to me back in the day. It happened to me because I was green and absolutely freaked in a split second. Nerves. Sometimes your legs just quit in that situation if you're not confident in what you're doing.

4:04 PM  

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