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Gus: Giving up play calling was a mistake

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jbcarol:
https://www.al.com/auburnfootball/2019/07/gus-malzahn-giving-up-play-calling-at-auburn-was-a-mistake.html

Ceded play calling duties to Lashley on advice.

Retired his clipboard to Lindsey.

jbcarol:
https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/auburn-football/new-gus-ultimate-roll-dice-auburn-coach-2019

If 2019 is his last year at Auburn, no one will accuse him of not taking risks.

Inhogswetrust:

--- Quote from: jbcarol on August 21, 2019, 08:55:35 am ---https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/auburn-football/new-gus-ultimate-roll-dice-auburn-coach-2019

If 2019 is his last year at Auburn, no one will accuse him of not taking risks.

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I contributed inadvertently to his buyout. I bought $600 worth of lumber off that Yellawood guy recently.

jbcarol:
https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/auburn-football/by-going-for-the-knockout-punch-gus-malzahn-proved-he-has-changed

...called that play

jbcarol:
https://www.al.com/auburnfootball/2019/09/why-auburn-didnt-go-for-2-after-last-second-touchdown-against-oregon.html

jbcarol:
https://www.al.com/auburnfootball/2019/09/statistically-speaking-auburn-shaky-in-red-zone-in-gus-malzahns-return-to-play-calling.html

jbcarol:
“It was a called play...”

https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/auburn-football/auburn-wr-reveals-bo-nixs-first-college-td-was-improvised

jbcarol:
https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/auburn-football/paul-finebaum-believes-gus-malzahn-got-exposed-in-auburns-loss-at-florida

jbcarol:
https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/auburn-football/gus-malzahn-explains-how-floridas-substitution-strategy-affected-auburns-timing

jbcarol:
Ed Orgeron says it’s ‘a lot harder to defend’ Auburn offense with Gus Malzahn calling plays




--- Quote ---LSU has beaten Auburn each of the last two seasons. But that was without Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn calling the offensive plays.

This Saturday when Auburn visits LSU in the annual all-Tiger battle, Malzahn will be calling his offense, and LSU head coach Ed Orgeron says that will make it “a lot harder” for his defense to defend.

Orgeron called Malzahn an “excellent play-caller” because of his offense’s ability to give defenses a hard time with things like checks at the line of scrimmage. Orgeron also said the Auburn zone-read running attack with its quarterback is “tough” to defend.

For that reason, the LSU coach cited controlling the line of scrimmage on defense one (sic) of the biggest keys to the matchup. Auburn returned five starting offensive linemen this year, and with that line, Orgeron says Auburn “wants to run” the ball along with feature trick plays and “shot plays.”

He also mentioned that the LSU crowd in Death Valley will be a “deciding factor” as well.
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jbcarol:
Auburn fans voice frustrations with struggling offense after AU falls to LSU




--- Quote ---AU could only come up with 20 points. From the fan perspective, it felt like Auburn’s inability to take advantage of opportunities on offense was the deciding factor in the outcome.

Auburn finished with 287 yards of offense (157 passing, 130 rushing).

Malzahn’s squad managed a fourth-quarter touchdown drive to cut it to 23-20 LSU, but for most fans, it wasn’t enough to forget their frustrations from earlier offensive struggles.

Here’s a sample of what fans are saying:
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jbcarol:



--- Quote ---“When you have that many penalties, you’re not going to beat anybody that’s a good team on the road,” Malzahn said. “That’s probably the biggest disappointing thing for me. Anytime that happens, that’s coaching. That’s me. I’ve got to do a better job, obviously, with the discipline of the penalties.

“I’m hurting for our players. I’m hurting for our fans.”

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsKHXe6z3Gg
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jbcarol:
Statistically speaking: Auburn’s offense continues to struggle vs. top teams




--- Quote ---Some of Auburn’s worst offensive performances this year have come in its biggest games: against Oregon in the opener, at Florida and on the road against LSU. Auburn is 1-2 in those games against teams that will enter Week 10 ranked in the top-10 of the AP poll, and Gus Malzahn’s offenses are averaging just 313 yards per game in those contests. The Tigers average 476 yards per game in their other five matchups this season.

Plenty contributed to those troubles against LSU. Bo Nix had another inefficient performance, completing 15-of-35 passes for 157 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The offense committed eight penalties totaling 40 yards, including five false-start calls, and it tied into Auburn’s third-down issues as well. The team converted 5-f-18 third downs, with half of those attempts being in third-and-long (9 yards or more) situations.

Here’s a look at how Auburn stacks up, both in the SEC and nationally, in various statistical categories through Week 9:...
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jbcarol:
Ex-NFL GM burns Gus Malzahn: ‘That’s the worst offense I’ve ever seen’




--- Quote ---Gus Malzahn critic, former NFL GM, Michael Lombardi called out the Tigers coach:

“My man Gus Bus, that’s the worst offense I’ve ever seen,” Lombardi said. “He had no idea how to throw a football. Zero. Zero. All he does is scream at the players, he has no idea how to throw the football. He has no passing game. He may have the best team in the country. He could go play Ohio State and match, because that defense is legit. That defense played a doubleheader on Saturday in the Bayou and they played hard all the way to the bitter end. And yet, they had no help from their offense. He’ll blame it on a rookie quarterback – no, he’s got a bad, bad offensive scheme. It’s horrible.”
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jbcarol:



--- Quote ---After Auburn’s offense was stuck in neutral during a disappointing loss at LSU last weekend, Gus Malzahn went back to the drawing board. What he came back with was a pass-first gameplan to try to kickstart an offense that struggled for much of October.

It worked against Ole Miss on Saturday night, to an extent, as Auburn racked up more than 500 yards but struggled to finish off drives. With an adjusted plan of attack, freshman quarterback Bo Nix came away with one of the best performances of his fledgling career, completing 30-of-44 passes for 340 yards. while he didn’t throw for a touchdown, he found the end zone on a third-quarter keeper as the 11th-ranked Tigers held on to defeat the Rebels, 20-14.

“We felt good about a few things, that we could have some completions to get us in tempo,” Malzahn said. “So, that was kind of the plan as far as we had some short throws, we had a little bubble, we had some short throws to get us in tempo. We felt like if we could get them in tempo and spread them out a little bit there were some opportunities with some bubbles and things like that on the perimeter.”

It was a career high in completions, attempts and yards for Nix, and it marked the second 300-yard passing performance of Nix’s career, joining his 335-yard showing against Mississippi State on Sept. 28 —
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jbcarol:
Is Gus Malzahn’s offense wasting Auburn’s best defense in 15 years?




--- Quote ---The expectation was that, with a top-tier defense and Malzahn back behind the wheel of the offense, that Auburn would have an opportunity to compete for an SEC championship and be in the discussion for the College Football Playoff. The defense, to this point, has done its job this season, but Auburn’s offensive struggles have been too much to overcome, as the Tigers have lost three games to top-10 competition and are out of SEC and CFP contention.

The problem for Auburn has been the offense hasn’t been what Malzahn had hoped, particularly against high quality competition, and it begs the question: Is Auburn’s elite defensive effort being wasted by an underwhelming offense?
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