I never thought I would see the day when my beloved Tigers would lose to Mississippi St, Ole Miss, and Vandy all in the same year. Honestly, it should never be the case. Here we find ourselves going into week 9 of the season, just wishing it was all over. After all the anticipation, the long dribble season, summer workouts, and fall practice, we fans just wish it had never begun.
After the Clemson game in the Georgia Dome, I thought there was a lot of promise for this team. The offensive line was man-handling Clemson’s D-line. Our receivers were getting open. We were getting a big push on the defensive line while giving Taj Boyd all the pressure he wanted. Keihl Frazier was shaky at best, but you just knew it would get better with all the promise he showed.
The next week, Auburn took a complete step back. It almost felt like Auburn decided practice was overrated and not necessary (It sure looked like it on the field). The decline on the field has progressed consistently for almost every game. The LSU game was the only one in which the team played with fire and passion.
As I hinted in my last article, It is alarming when a team comes off a bye week looking worse than the previous week. An off week is supposed to be time off for rest and to tweak mistakes made in the past games. Auburn came out looking like they were fresh off a Reese Dismuke’s throw down.
Afterwards Gene Chizik had the nerve to say we needed to go back and work on ourselves. What was the off week for exactly? Oh well I guess that is the typical response when you want to smokescreen a lousy coaching job and having your players ready to play.
I think last weekend was the final nail in the coffin. Texas A&M had 3 touchdowns before Auburn even had a first down on offense. A crowd that was desperate to win a game and show support for an ailing team was flooding for the gates at halftime. If this didn’t get the attention of the so called “Powers to Be”, I don’t know what can. You had to wonder what Gene Chizik was thinking as a usually rowdy crowd was filing out and the Aggies scored again and again and again.
A blowout loss in Jordan Hare at night is something we are not used to. When a team is just out there going through the motions, playing uninspired ball, you know the end is near for a coach. Coach Chizik has lost this team completely.
I don’t think Auburn has completely hit rock bottom yet. That would occur with a loss to New Mexico St. or Alabama A&M. A loss to either of those teams, and I can guarantee he won’t even get the chance to practice the next Monday. Is his fate sealed at the end of the season anyway? I think we all can answer that one.