August 30, 2006

Defensive Mechanism

It might not qualify as an incredibly prophetic statement to say that Auburn will have a good football team this year. This year, the Tigers have been forecast to be in the upper echelon of college football's elite by everybody who knows their tailgates from their touchdowns. The Tigers return key elements of teams that have gone 22-3 over the past two years, including star running back Kenny Irons, solid quarterback Brandon Cox and much of the offensive line required to make the offense successful. If there is a question, even a smidgen of doubt, about the Tigers, it comes in the form of their defense. Auburn will be going on their third defensive coordinator in three years and that signals potential inconsistency - particularly in the first game of the season.

When the defensive coordinator of two years ago left, last year's coordinator, David Gibbs, decided to keep much of his system and terminology in place to avoid any confusing disruption. But when Gibbs left for the NFL, new coordinator Will Muschamp, who was formerly LSU's defensive coordinator, is said to have brought an aggressive style that will rely on more blitzing. Head football coach Tommy Tuberville begs to differ.

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