Not to belabor the point, but I will. If our linebacker play doesn't improve we are going to lose games to great offenses going forward. People look at the stats on Saturday and say Barrow and Welter had great games because of the # of tackles they made. But what they are not looking at is the biggest stat of the night, Auburn averaged 4.1 yds per carry that is with N Marshall's stats in the mix. If you just look at the RB's yds that Mason & Payne averaged 5.3yds per carry, that is a huge issue. Personally I think Mason & Payne are are better backs than people give them credit for, but either way 5.3yds per carry is an ISSUE.
Here are the best comments I have read since the game Saturday that sum up our linebacker play;
"At linebacker, the 32 tackles that D.J. Welter, Lamin Barrow and Kwon Alexander combined for really didn't show how poorly they played. Barrow and Welter are simply too passive at times. They know where to be and they find their gap, but instead of exploding into it and running to the ball they often times just wait for the runner to come to them and catch him. Alexander is the far more active and explosive player, but you can tell that he's still not diagnosing what he sees in front of him that well.
Whether the posi-tigers want to recognize this or not, if our linebacker play "in particular our Mike position" doesn't improve drastically this week in Athens it is going to be a long night for us. It is tough to go on the road in the SEC and win, but it is even tougher when they are a top 10 team and playing in a hostile environment like Athens.
This post was edited on 9/23 at 3:56 pm