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“I look forward to Helping Auburn Win Championships” – Chip Lindsey, Auburn Offensive Coordinator

By on January 21st, 2017 in Football, News 35 Comments »
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Arizona State’s Offensive Coordinator, Chip Lindsey, a close friend of Gus Malzahn, has been hired in the same position at Auburn.  According to reports, Lindsey was Malzahn’s top choice all along, but Malzahn had to convince influential boosters within the program. He has a track record of hiring people he’s acquainted with as he did with Rhette Lashlee and Herb Hand. In the end he got his man. Lindsey is expected to take over the play calling duties assumed by Lashlee midway through the 2016 season.

Lindsey, considered by some as a quarterback guru, coached quarterbacks at Troy in 2010 before serving on Gus Malzahn’s staff as an analyst in 2013. Before being hired at Troy, he was a successful high school coach in both Georgia and Alabama, coaching at Spain Park in Alabama and Lassiter High in Georgia. At the latter, he coached Auburn tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen and Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason. Those roots should be a plus for recruiting the two states.

Prior to serving  at Arizona State for one year, the Alabama native was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Southern Miss where he mentored Nick Mullins, the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year. Mullens threw for 4,145 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2015. Lindsey’s single year at Arizona State saw the Sun Devils ranked 39th in passing  and 11th nationally in red-zone offense.
 
In a news release Gus said, “I have the utmost confidence in [Chip’s] ability to lead our offense, and his strength in developing quarterbacks makes him the perfect fit.”

For his part, Lindsey said Auburn is a special place and, “I look forward to being part of something special and helping Auburn win championships.”

35 Comments

  1. AtkinsonTiger AtkinsonTiger says:

    Got to admit I was looking a bigger name but with his background and having Pettway, KJ, and two quality quarterbacks in Stidham and White he should do well.

    • AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

      Lindsey’s not a splash hire but neither was Kevin Steele and I agree he’ll have the weapons to get the job done. Now to see how Auburn comes out on NSD day.

  2. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    As a minimum, we need a guy who knows the nuts and bolts of QB performance. From sound fundamentals, the position will cause positive offensive flow, ball control, and passing efficiency. Team morale will be buoyed by consistent QB performance. The quarterback will play with confidence, which will increase his mastery of the offense.

    With Sean White and Jason Stidham on the roster, Auburn will have two guys capable of commanding this offense with authority.

  3. Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

    (Yawn)

    We all knew this was coming. Not a splash hire is an understatement. It’s status quo.

    • KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

      Zach, I think it is more important that we have good personal execution at QB than to be hung up on scheme. If Lindsey is good with QBs, he will provide an upgrade where we need attention. White and Stidham are already pretty good. But the other kids are unknown.

      If only Franklin III could pass with assurance. He could be a difference maker. But he needs coaching on his fundamentals.

      • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

        Maybe, Lindsey can coach up Franklin. But it would be better to use him as a receiver. Get the ball to him in space and let his speed and athletic ability take it to the house.

    • AubieCE AubieCE says:

      Look at Nick Mullins progression at So. Ms. under Lindsey.
      So. Ms. was a train wreck when Lindsey got there.
      So. Ms. was flying when he left.
      I will take that kind of “status quo”

    • DBAU81 says:

      It’s way too early to proclaim this a “status quo” hire just because some of us were hoping for a bigger name. Maybe we ought to get a few games under our belts before we pass that kind of judgment. Old guys like me remember being disappointed that we didn’t get a bigger name like Vince Dooley or Bobby Bowden when we hired some guy named Pat Dye in 1981. That one seems to have worked out OK.

    • Lt.Dan_man Lt.Dan_man says:

      That’s just Zach folks.

      He can’t help himself. He’s a glass half empty kind of fellow.

    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      I like what Cole Cubelic said that although Chip Lindsey is a safe hire for Malzahn, “He has a chance to be a very good hire for Auburn. He brings more balance & a more complex pass attack.”

    • KoolBell KoolBell says:

      I have to say I disagree with this response, Zach. Yes Chip spent one year with Malzahn. His purpose in doing so, was learn how Gus incorporated his run game into the HUNH.
      Chip Lindsey is NOT a Malzahn protege’ in the common sense of the word. Chip did not play for Malzahn, nor did he coach and recruit under Malzahn.

      Think about this: Lindsey went from being an analyst/assistant, to being an OC in one season. That tells you he has the chops and mental attitude.
      Lindsey had what it takes to accept the analyst job at Auburn so he could learn from a perennial running powerhouse. He incorporated what he learned into his WEST COAST pass heavy offense, and successfully married the two concepts in just 2 years.
      The success was so good, that a Power 5 program, Arizona State hired him to be their QB’s coach and OC.

      • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

        Your wisdom has been missed around here KB. Glad to see ya back on the board.

      • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

        …..It’s clear to me, over the years that performing well in interviews often isn’t the same as skill in producing results. A person might sound great in the interview, and have impressive credentials coming in. Then you put them in charge of a proprietary, complicated, custom system, and they fail miserably. It happens.

        …..Then sometimes you hire someone out of desperation, who lacks all of the prerequisites you want, and they end up performing admirably. That’s life in the professional world. I’d imagine much is the same in coordinator hires.

  4. ausouthal says:

    Names don’t win ballgames coaches do. If the guy can coach let him have at it. Regardless this is a win win situation for those on here that don’t like Malzahn. If the guy helps him win fine and if not the Malzahn is gone. I hope he is an outstanding success because being a true Auburn fan I pull for all the coaches till the bitter end. I did pull for Lashlee and Malzahn to split because I thought our offense had gotten stagnant. War Eagle and let’s put one heck of an offense on the field next year!!!!

  5. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    It is a shame Gus had to fight boosters to get his man but I personally like this hire. Fresh energetic coaches who can teach a QB to be better is what we need. (Still think Gus was wrong not letting our QB’s not go to an independent guru camp)
    We have not had an offensive coach who could teach QB’s in my memory but if his track record of developing QB’s holds true we should have a potent offense.
    Pat Dye told me in person one time the one thing you HAVE to have to win ball games is a good Quarterback and a serviceable running back. We have the potential to have just that in Stidham, White, and a much more than serviceable running back in Pettway with a side of my man from Huntsville, Johnson thrown it.
    I love to make predictions even if they are wrong.
    2017 offense-30 pts per game
    2017 defense-15 allowed per game
    Record-11-1 prior to playoffs
    Feel free to throw this back at me at a later date if I am wrong and often am.

  6. B-REAL says:

    The last couple of dc hires Gus seemed excited and all smiles in the press conferences but that didn’t seem to be the case in this one.Gus looked like a guy who didn’t want to let go of the offense.He’s paranoid,has no trust in QB’s or Oc’s and second guesses everything he does.The preseason hype of Jeremy Johnson in 2015 and the way that season went down has scared Gus.The first 3 games of this past season is an example of how Gus can’t get out of his on way.I hope he can let Chip do his job.

  7. Tiger4Life says:

    Hoping for a 2013 type of offense that can throw the ball to keep the defense honest and off balance…Good OLINE play (Coach Hand) and good play action passing game (Coach Lindsey) with mental toughness and togetherness (Coach Malzahn) and lets go get another SEC title!

  8. sparkey sparkey says:

    Jay Jacobs, that fine Auburn man, didn’t even show up to the press conference.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..I hope an explanation is forthcoming. The scene is set a lot like the beginning of the Jet-Gate year, with that kind of support.

    • zotus zotus says:

      “What have you been doing, Jay Jacobs, while Rome burns all around you?”

      “Working the land. Passing out $200K performance bonuses. Hoping for a fertile Spring.” replies Mr. Jacobs.

  9. Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

    I know it sounds like I’m just a negative nancy, but take a look at his rushing results each and every year.

    Ill save you the clicks: one of the nation’s worst.

    Time and time again we’ve seen that you cannot win the sec without a run game.

    That being said, perhaps the two can meld the attack.

    • CrimsonBear CrimsonBear says:

      That’s ok Zach, those guys just want to read sunshine post, they can’t take the truth.

    • dyingculture dyingculture says:

      I did the clicks anyway, and here is what I found.

      In 2014 as Southern Miss, his leading rusher was a Ito Smith, who had a tad over 500 yards. Ito Smith was a true freshman. The feature back, Jalen Richard, was hurt most of the year.

      In 2015, both Ito Smith and Jalen Richard were healthy, and both rushed for over 1000 yards apiece.

      • Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

        And the other years? In the 100s.

        Ironically, I had both smith and Richard at different points in fantasy football. Good players. Just inconsistent.

    • KoolBell KoolBell says:

      His 2nd year at So Miss he had 2 1,000 yard RB’s The stats are a little skewed. Plus one factor to remember, Lindsey is a favorites choice among High School coaches in Alabama and Georgia.

      I don’t see how anyone can be disappointed with this hire.

  10. JRoweMDN says:

    Let’s hope Lindsey is Gus’ choice because he is the missing piece of the puzzle we need for developing a QB and passing to go with his running game. I believe he can be the guy to put the talent we have wasted to better use. Stidham then Barrett could begin our own dynasty and turn Lindsey into a commodity. If he is Gus’ guy because he is a yes man and Gus continues to run the same offense then we need to move on.

    I think this is the year Gus turns the corner and learns to be a head coach and get out of his own way.

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