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I want everyone to take a second and step back from their strongly-help opinions about who should and shouldn't be hired (if and when the head coach position becomes open) and ask themselves this question: who was most responsible for us beating every team on our schedule (including Spurrier twice, Saban, Miles and Petrino)?
- Gene Chizik? It's becoming more and more apparent he is overmatched as head coach both in developing players, preparing them to play each Saturday, strategy, and in-game decision-making.
- Cam Newton? Seriously? One player single-handedly took over the game to a degree that the best coaches in the SEC couldn't slow him down? (Must be some amazing coaching going on there at Blinn College...)
- Luck? GMAB.
- There are many on here that don't agree, but how can the answer be anything other than Gus Malzahn? Seriously - please explain it to me. Many are uncomfortable because he isn't a "proven head coach" or because his offense is non-traditonial (even though more and more teams are finding success running face-paced no huddle offenses.) I know some will respond with the same tired cliches but seriously, if Gus wasn't the most important factor in us getting the most out of Cam Newton and dominating the league and beating Oregon, who was? Please tell me. And before you cite how poorly his offense performed last year (even though it was light years ahead of this year's) it's common knowledge now Chizik put the brakes on it and didn't let him run it how he wanted.
I've studied Gus, watched every play he ran at Auburn, read his book, and read many articles analyzing him and his offense. It's my opinion he is a true offensive genius as well as a godly man. I doubt it would happen but I wish we would make a bold move by scooping him up before someone else does.
Alabama delenda est.
Gus is a good high school coach. Ask any coach that we beat and they will give you one answer. We had the best QB and the best RB in the country that year by far. Both of their names were Cam Newton. We won in spite of everything else. Ask em, anyone says any different is a liar!
aufan89--You have got to be the most negative poster that this site have ever seen. Every thread you have negative things to say about each subject. Support AU or leave.
Dude You are . The only thing he did was perfect his coach speak and almost derail the magic with his involvement on both sides of the ball!!!!!
Good friends are hard to find. Enjoy every moment you have with them.
Some people are such blind followers that they can't see the forest for the trees. Those types really need to think more than they listen, and listen more than they talk.
Peace to all.
Attitude is Everything
Cam was great but all you have to do is look at Carolina Panthers and see that he cannot do it alone. He had 26 seniors at Auburn including 4OL, 4DL, 2 LB, 2 safeties, 3WR and a record setting kicker that were all seniors and very good players along with Dyer who was one of the two top frosh RBs (Lattimore being the other) in the nation. Get off the Bammer bandwagon about Cam being the team. He was absolutely great but he was just part of it. Try to remember that in the spring prior to 2010 he was not even the best QB in the Spring game. Trotter said the same, Stan White said the same and my friends and I who saw the spring game and practice said the same. He was not even a really good QB early in the year at Ms State until Auburn go it going mid season. It was a perfect storm for Auburn and Cam. If Cam did not have that supporting cast it could have looked a lot like Carolina right now. The DL actually kept Auburn in the Alabama game and probably won the Oregon game. Certainly was not Cam. He actually had a sub-par game (for him) in the NC game. It is sheer speculation on my part, but with the team Auburn had coming back we could probably have won 10 with Trotter.
We can have different, more informed/educated opinions that you and not actually be liars. Try to jump on board, "with Auburn" every once and awhile. The negative really gets old.
I think Gus did great with what we had. But what competent coordinator wouldn't have done well with the options we had on offense in 2010? Cam leading the SEC in rushing was very much a product of his own ability.
I think everyone gets some credit...even Chizik for guiding them around the off field issues. My theory on him is that he was good at "guiding" leaders, but not good at creating them. He had developed and mature leaders handed to him when he got here.
Malzahn gets some credit too. But if you look at his offenses at Auburn outside of 2010, they were very inconsistent and struggled to maintain drives. It was very feast or famine. We set records in 2009, but we also were completely worthless in some games (Arkansas, Kentucky, LSU). 3rd and short was the kiss of death except for 2010 when we had the greatest 3rd down converter in the history of football.
So for me, the coaches on the current staff get some credit, for sure, but they didn't build the program up to that championship game. They took the developed, mature, talented players they inherited and rode them. I credit Dunn and Nall for a lot of why we won that title.
The lines were the difference on that team....both sides of the ball. Spurrier said the offensive line was one of the best he'd seen (thank you 2007 recruiting class, Hugh Nall, and also some Jeff Grimes).
The defensive line was also stout...and it wasn't just Nick Fairley. You couldn't always double him because Zach Clayton was no slouch either. And both Bynes and Stevens were tough muthers also....every play of every game.
Anyway, lots of credit to go around...and some goes to Gus. But like I said, a LOT of offensive coordinators could have scored lots of points with Cam Newton, that offensive line, Darvin Adams, and Micheal Dyer.
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