As bad as Stidham was, his receivers need to do a better job getting open and competing for 50-50 balls. Bottom line, between head coach, offensive coordinator, offensive line, quarterback and receivers, there’s plenty of blame to go around on the Tigers offense – and plenty of improvement to be made.
Stidham, Lindsey and Malzahn need to have a 24-hour huddle to figure out what’s wrong. I can tell you who’s having their own team huddle right now wondering what else what more can it do: the Auburn defense.
Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele’s unit pitched a shutout for most of the first half, but still walked off the field at halftime on the wrong side of a 7-6 score. The Tigers defense made stop after stop when the team fell behind 14-6, but the offense went from bad to worse in the second half.
Auburn’s offense will look better next week against Mercer. Much better. Whether or not it has truly improved, however, won’t be known until further down the road.
(Duane Rankin is an award-winning columnist/videographer for the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser whose work can also be found in USA TODAY. You can follow him on Twitter @DuaneRankin)
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