Auburn Fans Quick to Critique Tony Franklin's Spread Offense

Ben CulpepperContributor ISeptember 6, 2008

Hit the brakes, Auburn critics. 

It is one game.  It is 60 minutes of football.  You are still undefeated. 

It has been amazing to read and listen to the often self-critical Auburn fans moan and groan about the performance from the Auburn offense last Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe. 

Have you forgotten the entire reason to play the game of football?  Kansas City Chiefs coach Herman Edwards certainly had not when he popped off at the media while with the New York Jets:


Auburn did just that by shutting out an inferior opponent, at home, 34-0.  Amazingly, listening to the reactions from Auburn fans, you would have thought Auburn lost at home to La.-Monroe (ask Alabama how that feels).

The offense was underwhelming and the defense once again set the tone of the game, but you still have 11 more games to play.

"Tuberville didn't know what he was getting into when he hired Tony Franklin," proclaimed a Paul Finebaum caller (Finebaum is a very successful, well respected sports talk radio host in Birmingham, AL). 

Finebaum, being the pot-stirring genius that he is, even hinted of some tension between Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, that Auburn and Alabama fans absorbed rather easily.

Alabama fans giggled like schoolgirls at the thought of tension on the Plains, while the Auburn faithful toiled in self-pity.  Auburn, please, you know better.

Wait until you have settled on one quarterback and are playing the meat of your schedule before you get alarmed about Tony Franklin. Wait until Coach Franklin makes a game-changing call that costs you a ballgame against an SEC foe.

We all have seen Auburn struggle early on in the season before, only to go 10-4 and holding up another digit on your own personal Iron Bowl victory calculators.

Give Coach Franklin some time and an established quarterback, and I am almost positive you'll will be able to rest your heads at night knowing all is well on the Plains.