It’s a new day on the Plains. We have a new football coach. Most of you are aware that I was a big advocate for Petrino, but unfortunately, we did not get him. As it turns out, it’s being reported that he was never really in consideration for the job. He got a 15 minute token phone interview to placate the pro-Petrino crowd, but in the end, the committee never really intended to hire him.
While I’m sad that we didn’t get Petrino, I am EXTREMELY pleased with the hiring of Gus Malzhan. For once, Jay Jacobs seems to have not screwed this up. (I say that VERY cautiously). Jacobs has done nothing but screw crap up since he’s been at Auburn, but maybe, for once, he did something right. Of course having Pat Sullivan and Bo Jackson as ‘advisors’ probably had more to do with it than anything, but at the end of the day, we have a new leader of the football program: Gus Malzhan.
I had Gus as my 2b, next to Gary Patterson. The only reason I put Patterson a hair’s width ahead of Gus is that Patterson has a bit more experience as a head coach. But out of all the candidates we had a realistic shot at getting, Gus was right near the top, and I couldn’t be more excited having him running the program.
I saw a comment on another thread that said it best: Look at Malzhan’s record. Every single job he’s had, everywhere he’s been, the guy has flat out done nothing but win.
Despite his proven record of success both as a coordinator and as a head coach, there are a lot of detractors out there. They are saying various stupid things because they didn’t get their way. Realistically, there was no way we were going to please everybody, unless we made a ridiculously awesome hire like Bill Cowher or something like that, but anybody that lives in reality knew that wasn’t going to happen.
Let’s take a look at some of the dumb things I’ve read on here since the hire:
-The whole ‘Crazy Wife’ video thing.
If I read one more person say something about that heavily edited video posted by a pathetic waste of oxygen Bammer turd I am going to kill them. His wife did NOTHING wrong. Watch the whole thing, unedited. She’s just a normal, nice Christian woman that gets excited talking about her husband’s job. If you think his wife is crazy because of that video, you are a stupid, uneducated f-cking idiot. Go cheer for the turds. We don’t want you. I guarantee you, I could videotape anybody on this website for a day, including myself, and then creatively edit it to make the subject look like the biggest idiot on the planet. The video means NOTHING. Stop talking about it. Every time you do, you validate your stupidity to the world.
-The spread will never make it in the SEC!!
If you say this, you are either an idiot, know nothing about football, or haven’t been watching the college game for the last two decades. Urban Meyer would disagree with you, as would Kevin Sumlin. Bobby Petrino would, too. So would Steve Spurrier and everybody on our 2010 national championship team. (Petrino and Spurrier run a hybrid version of the spread). Dan Mullen might have something to say about it, too. He won a national championship as an assistant in Florida running it.
The thing about the spread is this: you have to completely change your philosophy on defense. You have to understand and accept the fact that you will NOT have a national top 10 defense if you run the spread, EVER. The D is simply on the field too much. The games last longer and there are more plays run. It’s OK. Auburn people need to get it out of their head that we are going to have a top 10 defense nationally. We’re NOT. Not competing against the turds and Georgia for recruits. You can forget it. Tuberville managed it for 1 or 2 of 10 years (I’d have to look it up), and that was before Satan showed up at Bammer. Tubs was also running a power-I pro-style offense, which is all about running the ball, clock management, and keeping the defense off the field. The spread doesn’t give a crap about the clock. The spread scores points, and quick. As a result, the defense is going to be on the field more, it’s going to give up more yards, and more points simply by default. If you win games, who gives a crap? I can promise you this: With Gus Malzhan’s offense, if Auburn can field about a top 50 defense, we are going to be competing nationally every single year. In order to do this, the fanbase is going to have to shift their understanding of football. The game has changed. Don’t whine about defense. Be thankful you have one of the best offensive coaches in the country running your program.
–We just brought back some of the cancer we just got rid of!!
An utterly moronic statement. The cancer that is Gene Chizik is gone. Gus took a paycut last year to go to a Sun Belt school because he got tired of Chizik’s interference. The first two years that he was here, we were ranked in the top 20 nationally in offense, and that is in the best defensive league in the country. Gus’s offense went bad in 2011 when Gene Chizik got all up in his business and started interfering. We won a national championship in 2010 with his offense.
Make no mistake about it, Gus wasn’t the problem in 2011. Chizik was. Chizik’s interference hamstringed Gus from doing what he wanted to do, and he got the hell out of there. I don’t blame him. Now, though, Gus is the boss. He’s running the show. He’ll be able to do whatever he wants, unhampered by a defensive coach getting up in his business trying to tell him what to do. I’m excited as hell about that!
That’s just three that I’ve read, I’m sure there will be more in the comments and I look forward to addressing anything I view as stupidity. The bottom line is this: we have hired a proven winner. A lot of people aren’t happy because they don’t view him as a ‘home run’ type of hire. I think he is one of the best we could have gotten! You have to remember, just because we are interested in somebody does NOT mean they are interested in us. I know for a fact that the Auburn airplane was in Boise. Chris Petersen wasn’t interested. Jeff Fisher wasn’t interested. Neither was Jimbo, and maybe not Charlie Strong. Gary Patterson might have been, but Gus probably interviewed better. You have to remember, while we view ourselves as one of the top programs nationally, not every0ne else shares that view. We have been embattled as hell ever since Jetgate, and we just fired a guy that, despite incredible incompetence this year, won a national championship 2 years ago. That would be enough to make anybody scratch their head.
Think about what this hire means for Auburn, though. ANY offensive recruit is going to be chomping at the bit to play in Gus Malzhan’s offense. Bama is well known for recruiting major defensive talent, but Auburn is going to be leading in offensive talent. Think about it: if you were a high profile QB, WR, RB, etc, who’s offense would you rather play in? Recruits want to get on TV, get big numbers, and get noticed by NFL scouts. Malzhan will provide that, and every recruit will know it!
That being said, we had better be ready to be mediocre for a while. I’ve read some expecting 8 wins next year. I got news for you: ain’t gonna happen people. Gus has got one hell of a mess to clean up. Right now, you’ve got a disheveled as hell, undisciplined team that doesn’t BELIEVE they can win. The defense is undersized and poorly coached. The offense doesn’t know their butts from hole in the ground. They are as poorly conditioned physically as I have ever seen an Auburn team, thanks to Chizik’s lack of discipline and oversight.
I’m expecting 6 or 7 wins next year, at most. I think if we get back to a bowl next year, Gus will have been a success. But, more than anything, I want to see what I have NOT seen in Chizik’s entire tenure. I want to see player development and improvement. If I get that, no matter what the win total, I will be happy.
I am excited about the future of Auburn football, and feel lucky to have Gus Malzhan as our head coach. I think it’s going to take him 2 or 3 years, but I honestly believe it is only a matter of time before everybody in the SEC will be dreading playing us again. Once Chizik’s mess is cleaned up, our team is going to be right where it belongs, topping the SEC and competing for a national championship. I won’t even say I’m cautiously optimistic. I’m OPTIMISTIC.
Welcome to Auburn, Gus. We’re lucky to have you, and we’re all behind you.