Auburn is going to continue to run the spread offense.
That's the shocking news after Tommy Tuberville fired offensive coordinator Tony Franklin on Wednesday.
"It’s not going to change our philosophy," Tuberville told reporters. "This is a good offense. Our
guys like it. They understand it. They are getting better at it. Again,when I went to this we were looking forward to going to it and we’ve
learned a lot about it but it’s about getting the job done. I thought that over the last few weeks we just haven’t improved like we should
have. Bottom line."
If this is a good offense, then a lot of this is on Tuberville. He has been through five offensive coordinators in 10 years at Auburn. Good ones too. Al Borges was let go after last season for the same reason Franklin was fired on Wednesday -- lack of production.
At what point does this come back on the head coach?
The scheme might be right but Tuberville certainly didn't allow enough time for his recruiting classes to catch up to it. I'm assuming that Auburn recruited to the spread after Franklin was hired last year. What if the next guy struggles? After a decade at Auburn, it might be the fact that Tuberville is getting stale instead of his offensive coordinators.
After reading a lot how SEC defenses are better than Big 12 offenses, I'm chuckling. In this age of offense, Auburn is going to have to get some semblance of offense to catch up.
Franklin is a good coach and good person. He deserved a full season, or two, to implement his season. Otherwise, he wouldn't have been awarded a two-year contract.
The assumption is that tight ends coach Steve Ensminger will be named the interim OC. But Tuberville needs a permanent replacement. That, and better players. It still boggles the mind that Auburn can't end up with a serviceable quarterback. Right now, Chris Todd looks like a bust. Kodi Burns hasn't provided much support.
What's the old saw? You either have one quarterback or no quarterbacks.