Year2 makes an earnest effort reading the tea leaves to figure out what Auburn intends to do on offense this season, now that Gus Malzahn is gone. Honestly, it all seems clear as mud to me – except for one thing.
… Chizik said the biggest differences in the offense will be much more frequent huddles and two-tight end formations and fewer shotgun snaps.
“Other than that, football is football,” he said. “Is that more of the standard in people’s eyes? Yeah, because you’re not no-huddling every snap and you’re not fast-pacing every snap. But you’ve got to remember, we didn’t fast-pace every snap last year. That’s the image and that’s kind of the impression but we didn’t do that every snap. We didn’t do it in 2010; we didn’t go fast every snap.”
Chizik never was comfortable with Malzahn’s emphasis on pace. He’s a defensive guy, after all. For him, a successful offense is as much about keeping the other team’s defense on the field as long as possible as it is scoring points. (And don’t forget his new defensive coordinator worked under a head coach in Richt who operates in much the same way.)
So I don’t think Loeffler’s talk about being multiple on offense matters much. As long as he can keep the chains moving, Chizik will deem the new offense a success. Scheme is nice, but the real question is whether Auburn’s got the talent mix on offense to make that a reality.