Auburn is in a free-fall after an embarrassing 63-21 loss at home to Texas A&M. It may in fact be the last game that head coach Gene Chizik gets to coach at Auburn.
However, the loss to Texas A&M could teach Chizik one thing: to trust a freshman quarterback with your job.
First-year coach Kevin Sumlin has done a fantastic job at Texas A&M. His Aggies have surprised teams this year in their new conference behind stellar play from freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel.
This position is where Chizik has been unable to succeed since Cam Newton left for the NFL after the BCS championship season of 2010.
Since Newton’s Heisman Trophy season, Chizik has had a revolving door of quarterbacks that has led Chizik and Auburn to a combined record of 9-12.
If going 9-12 since winning it all is bad, then this is worse.
According to USA Today, Auburn’s combined record during this time frame is, “the third-worst record in two seasons following a championship since the Associated Press poll began in 1935.”
Today’s loss saw Chizik roll out three quarterbacks.
Kiehl Frazier did nothing against Texas A&M, as he completed only six passes on 11 attempts for 89 yards. Frazier has done little-to-nothing this year in production, as he has an abysmal two touchdowns to eight interceptions.
By the time Chizik went to the freshman Jonathan Wallace, the game was well out of hand with the score 49-7. Wallace was able to move the ball against the Aggies, as he completed six passes on nine attempts for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
Maybe if Chizik would have taken a page out of Sumlin’s book, then the Tigers wouldn’t be in the spot that they currently are in: 1-7 going nowhere.
Sumlin could have started his first-year like Chizik and went with either one of his sophomores, Matt Joeckel or Jameill Showers, but instead, he took a gamble and went with the unknown—Manziel.
Manziel has rewarded Sumlin’s decision by posting Heisman Trophy stats: 14 touchdowns, 1,956 yards, 703 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
Who knows what could have happened if Chizik had went with the unknown instead of the sophomores?
But what we do know is that Auburn has been awful on offense, and the result could be that Chizik has gone from the greatest coach ever at Auburn to unemployed.