I think Malzahn is a good coach. Here’s a basic reason why I believe that.
Head coach Gus Malzahn said the one-sidedness in his play calling hasn’t struck him as strange, citing his background as a high school coach, where being able to adapt to the skill set of the roster is paramount.
“It’s just whatever you do best, you need to build around that,” he said. “That’s kind of what we’re doing best right now.”
Though many like to draw comparisons to what Marshall is doing now to the things Cam Newton did during the 2010 campaign, Malzahn said the offense Auburn is fielding this year has its own iterations that set it apart.
“The first year, no matter whether it was Chris Todd or Cam Newton or Nick Marshall, the core of who we are foundation-wise didn’t change,” he said. “We just build around the strengths of our quarterback.”
There are a lot of college coordinators who never learn that lesson. Or learn it too late.
One thing I’m curious about is Malzahn giving credit to his high school background as the reason for his success. Clemson’s Chad Morris is another guy who’s transitioned his high school work into the college game at a high level. I’m sure there are plenty of coaches who didn’t make the leap successfully, but is there any data out there to suggest that college offensive coordinators who come from the high school ranks do better on average than others?