That’s what Auburn fans must be wondering after their new defensive coordinator, Ellis Johnson, spilled the beans on what’s troubling him this spring:
“You can keep drawing up all these plays and defenses, but players at some point in time have got to make an impact play. That’s what I really haven’t seen yet on the field…
Our first unit is way ahead of our second unit. There’s a huge drop off. That would be a point of concern right now. I don’t think we’ve got four tackles. I don’t think we’ve got four ends who play at a level we’ve got to have. Hopefully by the end of spring we will.”
Johnson softened those comments a bit by adding: “I haven’t really seen anything that doesn’t look like it belongs on an SEC football field. But I really haven’t seen a lot of impact players, just dominant, physical, one-on-one plays. That’s something you want to see.”
Auburn has had a couple of key injuries along its D-line this spring and that must be factored into Johnson’s blunt assessment. Still, those quotes are hardly what a fan wants to see/hear from his team’s defensive coordinator just 10 days before spring practice closes.