Chip Lindsey comments on the struggles of Auburn's offense: 'It's not just one group'
If you just looked at the final score of Auburn’s latest game, you would likely think the Tigers dominated Arkansas. While Auburn did win the game by a wide 34-3 margin, most of that came due to a few outstanding special teams moments and a defense that forced two turnovers.
The results of the game weren’t helped much by Auburn’s offense, which struggled against an Arkansas defense that has given up 44 points to North Texas, 34 to Colorado State and 20 to Eastern Illinois — despite the fact that team turned the ball over six times in that game.
During his Sunday night press conference, Auburn offensive coordinator shared his thoughts on his unit’s performance in the game. For the game, Auburn averaged only 2.5 yards per rush, went four for 13 on third downs and passed for 134 yards. As speculated coming into the season, the Tigers’ offensive line has been suspected, to say the least thus far in the season.
“We’re definitely always looking for ways to move the ball,” Lindsey noted on Sunday evening. “We threw a lot more quick game on Saturday than we had in the past. And it all depends on how the defense is playing you but that was one of the things we did… That’s definitely something we’ll always look at.”
“We need to complete (passes) obviously, that’s the No. 1 thing, protect a little better. I think it’s a combination, it’s not just one group (the offensive line). When you have an inexperienced offense in certain, key areas, it’s going to take a little time. You know, the one thing about offense, all 11 players have to execute to really make a play work like it should, and I think our team is learning that and we aren’t quite there yet but we are making progress.
As for the struggle of Jarrett Stidham, Lindsey noted that had he connected on a few deep shots, the game could have looked much different in the end.
“I thought he did some good things. A couple missed throws, a couple deep balls he hit probably changes your whole outcome on what you think, as far as that goes,” Lindsey continued. “Jarrett is doing fine. Obviously, he’s got to continue to work on his game, but at the same time we have to make sure that all 11 guys do their job and give him some support around him.”
Starting slow is something Lindsey and his unit experienced last season before hitting the accelerator, but that was with an experienced offensive line and the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Year in Kerryon Johnson. With games upcoming at Mississippi State, at Ole Miss, at Georgia and at Alabama, the season will quickly turn into a nightmare for the Tigers if things don’t get settled on that side of the ball in a hurry.