Auburn is at a crossroad. The once thriving offense has now been shut down two weeks in a row and with the likes of LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Alabama on the schedule you might understand the offense being a little sluggish against those teams....but Arkansas and Kentucky? Neither team has been what you might consider to be "dominating" on defense.
We all know you can't blame Ben Tate or Onterrio McCalleb. Those two are the heart and soul of this offense along with the unsung hero in Mario Fannin. All three of those guys are earning their future NFL paychecks right now. The offensive line is average right now with the occasional glimpse of excellence. However, Lee Ziemba in my opinion might just be the most over-rated player on Auburn's team. Is it me or does it seem like he's good for at least one penalty per drive?
This leaves the wide receivers and Chris Todd. The wide receivers have been much improved over the course of this season compared to the past few. But they're young...very young. Darvin Adams has turned into the "go to" guy and it seems the other teams have caught on. Beyond Adams and maybe Terrell Zachery no one else has really made a huge impact. The much hyped duo of Emory Blake and DeAngelo Benton are MIA.
Chris Todd who, this time last year was probably in counseling somewhere probably has the shrink back in his "Fav 5" on the cell phone. After two pathetic outings Todd's confidence must be shaken. The scary thing about the last two games is that the leader of the offense didn't just look bad, he looked lost. There was zero enthusiasm after the first drive stalled. The leader isn't leading, and that's a scary place to be when you have LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia, and Alabama left on the schedule. Welcome to the lengthened "Amen Corner" for Auburn. A night game at LSU is not exactly the place you want to work out the kinks in your offense.
So if you're Gene Chizik right now what do you do? You have a 5th year senior that blistered opponents the first five games and then basically didn't show up for the last two. If his shoulder is bothering him again as some are speculating, you bench him. Other than that I believe you stick with Todd. It's a tough call no doubt and I'm beginning to get very curious as to what Neil Caudle could do with this offense but at the end of the day Todd is the guy you picked to start the season and that's who I stick with now.