Defensive coordinator’s comments stun Auburn’s Gene Chizik

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Auburn Tigers defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder speaks to players in the second half against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan-Hare Stadium. (Shanna Lockwood-US PRESSWIRE)


Neither are we. Just like the entire season, however, coach Gene Chizik seems totally flabbergasted by the situation his program is in.

Auburn’s defensive coordinator, Brian VanGorder, is not the only member of War Eagle Nation that is upset with the way his squad’s defense has looked this season (folks over at Krystal, for one thing, have not been impressed), but he does happen to be one of the few with a microphone in front of his face.

“We’re not built. The defense is not built with size, strength and power right now,” VanGorder said. “That becomes obvious against teams like Georgia, the first game with Clemson. It shows up. Players know. We talk about it.”

VanGorder’s current defensive unit is giving up 435.5 yards per game, a number mind-boggling to any fan of old-school SEC powerhouse defense.

Who is a fan of old-school, powerhouse defense, you ask? Every fan that has had to suffer through the dumpster-fire that is Auburn’s football season.

The season, yes, is going down in flames, but don’t worry, VanGorder is more than content to do with right along with it. He will presumably be sending out resumes sooner rather than later to assist a defensive line coach somewhere in the FCS, but until then we all have to be content with these mind-blowing quotes.

“I think that’s kind of natural when you’re having the kind of season that we’re having,” VanGorder said. “But not to a degree where it’s concerning to me. Bottom line is you work hard and you hope some good things happen and you hope players make a play here or there. We’ve not been able to do that this year…”

His immediate boss, Gene Chizik, has already been enjoying a whale of a season, so this has got to just feel great … but is it better than late-night pizza?

“I don’t really know how I interpret that,” Chizik said. “I think that there’s obviously some positions that we feel like we need to upgrade in terms of productivity, but other than that, I’m not really sure exactly what all that means. We can always be bigger, we can always be stronger.”

The clown show continues at Auburn, but for how much longer?

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