The Auburn Tigers are 2-1 on the season, 1-0 in SEC play, which on the surface doesn’t look so bad.
While the loss to Clemson last weekend was devastating and caused a great deal of despondency among fans, and I’m sure the players, it wasn’t so much the loss to Clemson as it was a culmination of fears that have been the subtext of the Auburn games for three weeks.
Fears that the Tigers didn’t quite have it together in order to compete this year; fears that the bloom is off the Rose after winning the BCS National Championship last year.
Well, the hard facts are that last year’s team is gone along with its star QB, Cam Newton, defensive heartbeat, Nick Fairley, and about 26 other starters.
This is a new team that needs some work, and definite change in the way it operates. The fear should be turned off and something more positive should come about.
I commented on Kevin McGrady’s article yesterday that true failure is to keep doing things the same way and expect a different outcome.
Head coach Gene Chizik has made no excuses for the loss and recognized that change has to happen, on both sides of the ball.
However, what specifically do the Tigers need to do?
The Auburn camp has been quiet since Saturday, actually holding a Sunday practice with no break for the team—something that should be done to hammer home the urgency to the team.
But, ahead of what they actually will do, here are some thoughts.