This kind of talk drives me crazy.
“That was really probably the No. 1 priority in the spring, to be more balanced,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “We led the country in rushing last year. When you do that, defenses have to take some chances. We’ve got to do a better job this year of making them pay when they do take chances. … We feel like we have some receivers that can stretch the field and make some plays.”
The article is about the addition of stud WR D’haquille Williams, and I get that it never hurts to add more talent to an offense. But Gus directed an offense that was second in scoring and second in total offense in the SEC last season, despite throwing the ball less than 30% of the time. Why should he care about balance?
The answer is he shouldn’t. At least not until opposing defenses begin to show they’re getting a handle on what Auburn’s doing.
I’m guessing this is simply random, meaningless coachspeak, because he’s got a pretty sharp offensive mind. But if he wants to try to show otherwise, I won’t complain. That’s the kind of thinking that worked so well for Chizik.