Monday Blog: Iron Bowl Review + Job Hirings and Firings
The Iron Bowl finally sealed our fate, all I really asked for was for us to give them a game from start to finish, and whilst I didn’t see any signs of giving up until the fourth, we got blown out in our own stadium, I can’t remember the last time that really happened, if you can then feel free to point it out to me, I don’t want to think back that far.
The game had its up and downs, it’s few ups were when we were able to expose Bama’s poor special teams, including a 80-something yard kick-off return from Onterio McCalebb. Another up was during the one time we got pressure on McCarron, Lemonier forced a fumble and Kenneth Carter scooped it up for a touchdown. That was a big example of why field position is so important, if you are able to pin them back that far with a punt, stuff like that can happen.
There were also many downs, which were evident against every good team we played this year. Trent Richardson had a big day, and exposed the defense in the second half when we had to take into account Bama’s other 10 offensive players. In fairness to Bama, they did gameplan well against us and they weren’t going to sit back and lose another lead when we made it 24-14, they wanted to put it away as soon as possible and hey certainly did that.
It was going to be tough to score on Bama’s defense, it is a stout unit that is no1 in every defensive ranking for a reason, you can dispute their level of offensive competition, but they don’t take any BS on defense, which is a big reason why they will be going to New Orleans (despite losing to LSU), but I’ll get into that argument another day.
The 2011 regular season is officially over and Auburn finishes it’s season with a 7-5 record, good enough for 4th in the SEC West. However you see it, it’s a fair record for a rebuilding year, the bright side is that we didn’t totally fall of the face of the earth like Texas did last year when they finished 5-7, this year we still get to go bowling and get in the extra practice time, so it’s not a total disaster. I’ll do a full end-of-season review probably after the bowl game, but I’m sure you all have your own opinion on how this season has started and ended.
Another hot topic right now is coach firings, Turner Gill got given the boot after going 5-19 through two seasons (wonder where I’ve seen that before?), does that make him a bad coach? I really don’t know, it seems the jury is still out on Gene Chizik as well in some aspects so I’ll restrain from going any further with that comment. The UAB coach also got fired, after posting a fifth straight losing year. Memphis fired Larry Porter after a 2-10 season (that program really is in the toilet), Illinois fired Ron Zook after an 0-6 finish to the season and finally Dennis Erickson is supposedly on his way out of Arizona State, have I covered everything? I know some Auburn fans are unhappy to see Roof hasn’t been fired yet…
As far as hirings go, Ohio State finally confirmed Urban Meyer will be the new head coach, I personally think it’s a really good hire for them, Meyer did some wonderful things at Ohio State, as well as recruiting some great players like Tebow, Cam and Percy Harvin. Despite Ohio State’s recent issues and further penalties, I think they will be just fine.
That’s about it for now, all we need to do now is wait for the Bowl games to be announced (rumoured to be Gator or Chicken Fillet Bowl), as well as seeing who finally takes home the Heisman. This season has been so unpredictable for that trophy, a lot of players have strong arguments for winning it, and I wouldn’t be upset to see any of them hoist up the trophy, even Matt Barkley.
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