In all honesty, I don’t believe we are. I can come up with excuses to cover Auburn’s performance all day, but do I think our team just isn’t that good this year? No. I think we have a very talented team, but it seems that an offense that they couldn’t quite get was pushed on them too fast, and now they’re trying to recover and salvage what they can out of what seems to be a lost season. I’m going to now voice my opinions on some of the big questions and statesments being made about Auburn’s 2008 football team.
Tuberville is the problem, it’s time for him to go: Are you kidding? Tuberville has done exceptionally well with Auburn for 10 years now. We do not need to fire him just because of one bad season. It’s not his fault… well maybe a little, but he only does what he deems best for Auburn. Yes, people do make bad decisions sometimes, and if hiring Franklin was a bad decision, you can’t tell me you wouldn’t have done the same thing last year after everyone was calling for Borges’ head. Franklin seemed like a breath of fresh air to a stale team, but he turned out not to be. So maybe he was a mistake. Tuberville knows how to fix it and come back. So we may not have a stellar season this year, but if we fire him now you can take my word that we can kiss next season goodbye too.
The players just don’t care: Oh please, I heard Kodi Burns after the West Virginia game, and if that boy didn’t care, if he wasn’t extremely upset and frustrated, then he needs to pursue a career in hollywood because he’s one darn good actor. I believe whole heartedly that 98% of Auburn’s players care greatly, and they are just as frustrated or more at their performance. I stood behind Chris Todd, and even though I don’t believe he is what Auburn needs, that does not mean he doesn’t care. Now I am 110% behind Kodi Burns, and I see a potential in him that could be greater than Jason Campbell, Dameyune Craig, and other past Auburn Quarterbacks. Burns has what it takes, but he still has a lot to learn. He’s been in the background all season and just now gets to step up where he should have been. He’s getting it, but it’s just gonna take a little longer. Be patient people.
What’s wrong with our defense? Injuries. Those guys are human. They can’t be expected to perform more than any other person, but yet we treat them like they’re supposed to be supernatural or something. I still see very good things out of our defense, but with all the injuries, and with them getting tired they can only go so far. They can only do so much. Yes they are still good, and yes they make mistakes. Let’s stand behind them anyway.
Why can’t we play the second half? Well, maybe the other team makes adjustments that our team isn’t ready for. You gotta remember they’re trying to relearn football halfway through the season. With a slimmed down playbook, there isn’t much adjusting that can be done. Then when the other team starts getting the momentum, frustration and dissapointment set in, which causes mistakes and poor performance. These guys are out there having their spirits crushed, and then we yell at them because we think they’ve given up? Come on people. The next time our offense starts getting discouraged and starts making mistakes, why don’t we try encouraging them, and tell them that we still stand behind them. If you think you’re upset, I encourage you to put yourself in on of those player’s shoes.
Will we win any more games this season? I believe we will. Of course we still have the chance to lose every single game, but I believe our team has what it takes to turn it around. I though we could have done it against West Virginia, but they turned out to be too tough for our new, more basic approach, and you know what, that’s ok. Our team will be stronger because of it. I don’t know how we will perform next Saturday, or the Saturday after that, but I encourage everyone of you who happens to stumble across this blog to find some way to let your Auburn team know that you are still behind them, and that they are not alone. Let them know that no matter what happens you still believe in Auburn, and you still believe in them.
Let’s rally the Auburn men and women, and let’s do what we can to help our team turn it around. They can do it. They have the talent, the coaches, and the will, but we need to help them find the heart.