Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Dr. Z's Clemson Review-Rolling 3's when we needed 7's
Congrats to you, mascot who frightens children.
To say I am disappointed with the outcome Saturday would be an understatement. Auburn's revamped defense looked like the same old unvamped defense we've grown accustomed to. When I say same old I mean too soft on pass coverage, shredded against the run, can't get off the field on third down same old.
Auburn let slip a golden opportunity against Clemson. Red zone failures led to 3's not 7's and that was the difference in the game. To win even a majority of the games left on our schedule Auburn has to put the ball in the end zone when the offense gets down there, and doing stupid thing like catching a ball two steps out of the back of the end zone when no on is within ten freaking yards of you might just help.
Trevon Reed needs to be better. Heck, anyone that is on scholarship to catch the football other than Emory Blake or Lutzy needs to be better.
Keihl Frazier looked kind of "meh" Saturday. I think we was well schooled on what to do, but missed on some key passes when he had guys open. The reads all appeared to be correct, but the execution for whatever reason just was not there. I have the tiniest bit of problem with the play calling. I really felt like Keihl was under utilized as a runner and overused as a passer. I thought last year we didn't throw enough on first down. After the Clemson game I wonder if we didn't throw too much, especially given the success running the ball.
Speaking of, Tre Mason had a a very good game other than his first half fumble despite having a limited number of touches. Ontario was Ontario. He'll bust at least a couple before the season is through.
What we shouldn't discount is how good Clemson has the potential to be. Tajh Boyd is one of the better dual threat QB's in the country, and we'll all have Andre Ellington nightmares for years to come, but poor tackling and Charmin soft coverage helped both of those guys look good.
I gotta say I have an uneasy feeling about the rest of the season. Saturday morning looks like a bear now, and given that Dan Mullin has been flapping his gums about this game all summer, State will be ready. Hopefully, Auburn will improve immensely between week 1 and 2, or else we're looking at a long year.