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GUS MALZAHN . . . The Real Deal or a Real Dill
Posted by Tim/Troy on Saturday October 29 2011 @ 03:42PM CDT
[ 2011 Season ]
GUS MALZAHN . . . The Real Deal or a Real Dill

A great coach named Gene Stallings once said "schemes don't win ballgames, players do." Never has this been more applicable than to the Auburn Tigers O. C. has been herald as an offensive guru, genius and/or wizard. After last year's National Championship, the Auburn O.C. was on top of the college football world. But, is all the praise and glory warranted? A closer at Coach Malzahn and his coaching stops may shed a different light on his coaching success.

Gus Malzahn has been very fortunate in his coaching career. This last year at "Springdale High School included stars Mitch Mustain, Ben Cleveland, Andrew Norman and Damian Williams is who all eventually joined him at Arkansas. Bartley Webb, an offensive tackle, signed to play for Notre Dame. It would be hard to lose with all this talent especially at the high school level. It was apparent that Malzahn was given the Offensive Coordinators job at Arkansas for delivering his high school stars to Houston Nutt.

Malzahn's first Arkansas was LOADED with talent. I don't want to bore readers with meaningless statistics and numbers a little glimpse is all we'll take.

Starting at quarterback he had Mileh Mustain and Casey Dick, the latter being a seasoned veteran. At running back he had the best one - two punch in the nation with Felox Jones and Darren McFadden was voted All-American.

This Offensive line had great players also featuring Zac Tubbs, Tony Ugoh, Jonathon Leugs, Jose Valdez and Nate Garner, all of whom earned All-Sec honors and/or played professional football. Robert Felton, an offensive guard made the All-Sec team in 2007.

The wide receivers Malzahn had at his disposal were very talented also Damien Williams, Reggie Fish, London Crawford along with Marcus Monk are also playing professional football. It doesn't take a genius.

Gus Malzahn also had all purpose back and tight end Peyton Hillis at his disposal.

It doesn't take a genius to be successful with this group of players. However, they went 10-3 and lost to Wisconsin 17-14 in the Capital One Bowl. Arkansas had only two games in which they scored more than 40 points in 2006.

After essentially being fired at Arkansas, Malzahn coached at Tulsa for a couple of years. His offenses rated at the top in many categories but the competition was also watered down greatly.

Malzahn is hired by Chizech to be Auburn's now O.C. in 2008-2009. Again Malzahn is blessed with a veteran offensive line who was one of the bet units in the country last year. He also inherited very good wide- receivers, a good back field and the best college player money could buy for 2010, Cam Newton. Everyone knows about 2010, and the championship year.

Like sands in an hour glass, these are the day of our lives. This year has been a soap opera down on the plains. Fans and media have begun, the play selection and personal decisions of the Great One himself.

The Auburn faithful should have been tipped-off how bad it was going to be when Russell Wilson signed with Wisconsin, instead of the Tigers. Auburn has failed to score at least 20 points in four games, out of eight games this year. Auburn is averaging just 24.2 points a game ranking 68th in the nation while giving up 28.2 points a game.

Maybe the fans have every right to be upset. Gus Malzahn is paid over a million dollars a year. Fans do and should expect more return for their dollar than this. One lesson can be learned from this,


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