When you take your foot off the gas pedal of the Gus Bus…

… shit happens, like blowing at 20-point lead to a team that lost to Troy two weeks before.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the revised rankings of the SEC coaches after the season from all the geniuses in the punditocracy who were singing the praises of Dan Mullen (who, admittedly, ain’t bad) and Malzahn.

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35 responses to “When you take your foot off the gas pedal of the Gus Bus…

  1. Otto

    well… that question was answered.

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  2. Bright Idea

    Lots of defensive minded head coaches think that way but Malzahn surprises me. Kirby left 4 points on the field before halftime against Mizzou. 2.5 minutes and 3 timeouts left and only due to Mizzou’s ineptitude did UGA squeeze out a field goal. They’d rather run the clock out than risk a turnover trying to score “unneeded” points.

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    • Macallanlover

      Seems like every game has seen us running out the clock on offense before half-time. I keep having nightmares of the 1st time we really need to drive the field against an Auburn or Bama and then realize we haven’t tried that yet in an actual game. We try for a needless 2 point try against Mizzou that was totally unnecessary but we haven’t let our new QB take a run at a late drive as the clock run down before half time?

      We have had 3-4 opportunities that I can recall, and we start with running plays and get behind the chains. I understand we cannot do it in the 4th Qtr when we are up by 20-40 points, but I don’t get bypassing that teaching moment in the second quarter. It isn’t like Fromm, or our punter, hasn’t earned some trust.

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      • Most coaches will start a 1st half 2:00 possession with a run, a screen or a quick pass to see if they can get some cheap yards. If it works, go into HUNH. If not, see if you can get the 1st down, then step on the gas. If it doesn’t work, you force the other guy to use his timeouts and run the clock to where the other team doesn’t have time to score. It’s an effective strategy if you’re getting the ball to start the 2nd half.

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        • Macallanlover

          But, then repeat it and leave yourself in 3rd and long…like we did at ND? Look, it wouldn’t be significant if we had a QB who had actually run a two minute office in a college game. And he isn’t reckless with ball, plus, many defenses are playing looser than normal thus you see more success in throwing it. Situational football, and we have had multiple chances to run it….but we don’t. Just like I told everyone saying we should RS Fromm that we were one play away from needing him if Eason was hurt against Florida, or Auburn, or whomever, and he should be prepared. Now I am saying we will need a two minute drive in a crucial situation before the season ends, and we should prepare him.

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          • Mac, I agree with you. All I’m saying is that’s typically how coaches run 2 minute at the end of the half especially when the team gets the ball to start the 3rd quarter … that’s whether you have an experienced QB or not. If you have a problem with the play calling and the delay of getting plays in the 2 minute offense, I totally see that. What are you asking the coaches to do differently?

            While it wasn’t perfect by any stretch, we did get 3 at the end of the half and got another 3 after the 2nd half kickoff.

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  3. steve

    ‘When you take your foot off the gas pedal of the Gus Bus…’ it means you’re switching drivers….to Stevie Wonder.

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  4. Ellis

    I can’t wait to see how many we score on his defense! Color me unimpressed by your defense, Gus.

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  5. dawgman3000

    Gus took his foot off of the pedal and proceeded to bepassed by Coach O in his sputtering hummer.

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  6. Russ

    I hate to side with Gus, but I can see his point. No way would I have thought that LSU could score 20 on his defense, the same defense that gave up 14 to Clemson.

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    • dawgman3000

      True, but they still had 30 mins to put more points on the board, especially considering that’s his side of the ball. Like a man that suddenly discovers that the prostitute he’s with is a man, are the Auburn fans that annually discover that Gus is just another overrated coach.

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    • WarD Eagle

      They had already scored 14.

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  7. Go Dawgs!

    Boy, if I’m an Auburn fan I’d prefer that he lied to me.

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  8. Can someone explain to me why I should be overly impressed by Gus? He had Cam in 2010 and an unreal run of luck in 2013. What else has he ever done?

    I just don’t get it.

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  9. Timphd

    Well Gus, my guess would be 27…

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  10. 69Dawg

    This is why Gus would never coach in the Big 12. If your offense is humming let them hum.

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  11. Careful Brad

    By halftime it was a nine point game and LSU was getting the ball to start the second half. The defense had already given up a few long passes including one that Chark dropped to set up Auburn’s first touchdown. Seems like Gus might be lying to himself here.

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  12. Dawg19

    Apparently, Gus would fit in very well on the Atlanta Falcons’ staff.

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  13. Scorpio Jones, III

    … shit happens, like blowing at 20-point lead to a team that lost to Troy two weeks before. I rest my case, there. Shit happens. Oh, sorry, did I mention our defense gave up 28 points to Missouri?

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  14. Chico Dawg

    Two thoughts here…
    1) Gus, who has spent his entire coaching career in gray areas, is not as good as pundits think he is.
    2) As long as Rodney Garner is on the staff, Auburn will continue to not live up to the hype.
    Of course I could be eating these words in a few weeks…

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  15. Opelikadawg

    The answer to Gus’ question is “just enough.”

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