Second Glance: Resting The Starters Will Pay Dividends Down The Road

Kool BellContributor INovember 7, 2009

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Head coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers looks on during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Most of the media this week were focused on Auburn getting a lead on Furman early so they could rest the starters. While this issue certainly has some merit, the true upside comes from a different point of view.

Auburn's backups sorely needed the playing time. In fact they desperately needed it, so that when they will be called on, they will be ready. At least they will have some true game-time experience.

Don't you know that the coaching staff will use every single opportunity to coach up your young Tigers and help them get prepared for the day that will surely come, when they will be needed to help win a game.

Every single score the Paladins had was because of a mistake someone made. Whether it was being out of position for a tackle or a turnover. There are lessons to learned.

The coaching staff relishes these days. Easy victories with plenty of coaching to do on the second team.

Take your pick, Anthony Gulley, D'lo Benton, or any other Tiger on the field in the second half. There will tough days at practice this week. They'll just be a lot easier to take.