Auburn's Key to a Good Offense? A Good Defense!

Michael AbbottContributor IIIAugust 16, 2009

Chris Todd was named the starting QB. Every fan is wondering who will be the man to run the wildcat at Auburn. Will the young WR's step up and make some plays this year?

All good questions, but what about the defense? What happened to the phrase "defense wins championships?"

For Auburn's offense to be a success this year the defense is going to have to carry the load early. They need to put the AU offense is some short field opportunities.

The defense is going to have to get some turnovers and score points. With any new offense it'll take a few games before it's running like a well oiled machine. With the offenses in the SEC, they had better be ready to go.

Roof and Chizik knows defense. Chizik has put several players in the NFL. Maybe that's why no one seems to be talking about the defense. Maybe the fans figure it's in good hands.

Well, in the SEC the fans better be wondering what's going on on that side of the ball. If the Auburn offense has to play catch up too many times this season, well it'll be a long season.

Tracey Rocker returns to his alma mater to coach the line. Two starters are gone from last years team, but the backups seem to be getting the job done. Antonio Coleman and Michael Googans are the keys to the defensive line. Rocker coming back got the Auburn fans excited for this year.

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That hire was one of the best things Chizik could have done to get the AU fans support.

The linebacker corps seems to be very good as far as starters go. Josh Bynes seems to be the leader of that group. He made some big plays last year. Craig Stevens was second in tackles last season will be looked upon to do it again.

The secondary was hit hard with injuries last season. Jerrod Powers surprised everyone by leaving early but most will return. Injuries have already hit the secondary with Aairon Savage suffering another injury.

He missed last season due to a knee injury.Sophomore Neiko Thorpe was competing for the job, but the job is now his to lose. Veteran Walter McFadden will be on the other side and has that position locked up. Some new comers will be counted on to be quality backups.

The safety position will be lead by tackling leader Zac Etheridge. He was injured most of the spring but is ready to go. The coaches are expecting big things from him this season. Mike McNeil also missed the spring but is also expected to return. It's imperative that these guys stay healthy this season.

With all the attention to the offense the unsung hero's for this season could be the defense. The coaching staff has a very good group if everyone stays healthy. Turnovers is a must this season and Roof and company are working hard to make the season a success for the Tigers.

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