You just think you’re smart.

You’ve gotta love semi-profound observations like this:

Replacing a two-year starting quarterback? Not a problem. Recall that Gus Malzahn had done that every year as a college coach until last season. Plus, most SEC coaches thought Jeremy Johnson would have (or should have) overtaken Nick Marshall last fall. Johnson’s ability as a passer has the league’s DCs buzzing this summer, that’s for sure.

So Malzahn is an offensive genius who wasn’t sharp enough to play his best option at the most important position on offense last season?  Roger that.

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38 responses to “You just think you’re smart.

  1. GaskillDawg

    You know Gus is the greatest coach in history… he is so good they named a bus after him.

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  2. Castleberry

    I just can’t wait for all those illegal man downfield calls.

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  3. Noonan

    Why didn’t they give Johnson a shot in Athens last fall when they trailed 27-7 after three quarters?

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    • I Wanna Red Cup

      And does this qualify as a team not showing up to play, the coaches not having the team ready to play ? Or since it was against UGA, does that mean we were just the better team so of course we dominated them? I was under the impression and only UGA had games where we ” shit the bed” or the coaches did not have the team ready.

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  4. watcher16

    And this new guy supposedly isn’t as good of a runner so that hampers the offense from a spread perspective.

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    • JCDAWG83

      That seems to be the issue that is completely overlooked by the Auburn disciples. Marshall’s running ability was a huge part of Auburn’s success. Opposing defenses could not crash down on running plays for fear of Marshall keeping the ball and taking off to the outside. The passing game was enabled by Marshall being able to suck linebackers and dbs toward the line of scrimmage when he rolled out due to the threat of his running. His escape ability allowed him to turn dead end pass plays into big gains on a scramble.

      Johnson seems to have a much stronger arm, but is much less of a run threat. Unless they have a few receivers that are going to be All American, I look for their offense to be less threatening.

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  5. Spike

    Is Malzahn the new “Genius”?

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  6. And Clint Moseley remains lost to the sands of time.

    Much like John Brantley and Urban Meyer.

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  7. Dawgdvm

    “Most SEC coaches thought Johnson would have overtaken nick Marshall last year”.
    Really? You polled SEC coaches about the auburn QB situation last year? I feel like I would have read about that somewhere. That’s an example of Pure BS to fill in an article.
    And to top it off it’s another article that acts as if Ellis Johnson was a chump DC.
    I foresee disappointment on the plains again this year and I CAN’T WAIT!

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    • tbia

      And, quite honestly, 7-5 or so will put Gus on the hotseat. And he loves Auburn so much, he may just deny interest before jumping at a good offer if he smells trouble on the plains.

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    • JCDAWG83

      The Johnson overtaking Marshall part is pure BS. What program is going to let a backup take over the starting role from the qb that led them to the MNC game the year before?

      Ellis Johnson is a very good DC. The HUNH puts the defense in a tough spot unless they score on every possession, and generally, that doesn’t happen.

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    • SCDawg

      And why would Marshall have been replaced after leading auburn to the title game the year before? That is just bizarre.

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  8. Rusty

    Hope we can rough them up again this year.

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  9. WF Dawg

    I feel the same way as you guys. You really have to squint at Auburn for them to look like an SEC West champ. I’d love to see them re-enter 2012-level futility.

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  10. Jeff Dickey

    All the writes are all over Auburn’s tip. If he is so good, why didn’t he overtake the thief last year?

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  11. Irishdawg

    Does Malzahn’s offense even work with a pure passer? Marshall and Newton were runners first (with Newton being a particularly physical one that could turn no gains into 2 yard first downs). Both had strong arms that could get it downfield, but from what I’ve seen, that offense works when the QB is a running threat. Can Auburn throw it every down and be effective?

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    • Malzahn did an impressive job in his first year as an OC at Auburn. He made Chris Todd into a functional SEC QB.

      It’s a mistake to underestimate Auburn’s passing game this year. It will be good.

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  12. Irwin R. Fletcher

    Can I ask a question….why is Cowart a future star and Thompson doesn’t even get a mention despite having the same rating by “Scouts Inc.”?

    I get it…they have Lawson and Cowart. I don’t get why that is worth about 4 more places on the hype meter compared to Thompson an dLoCarter.

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  13. PTC DAWG

    Screw Auburn.

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  14. Noonan

    I perceived their weakness last year to be “finding someone who wants to tackle Nick Chubb.”

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    • “finding someone who wants to tackle Nick Chubb.
      Sometimes ya got no choice. 😉
      My youngest son as a freshman finally got his big start over a senior kicker mid season. His kickoff was in the endzone… not much but the oppositions stub rb was bringing it out anyway and blew players up on his way downfield. The only one left was my 155 lb freshman kicker son and the stud rb. He had his arms out … dancing but it was apparent that the stub rb was not juking anyone. He ran straight over the top of him. Runners right foot ended up squashing his L arm and he reached up with his R arm to grasp runners calf and slid down the ankle all the way to the toe. Toes. Runner stumbles and spreads out on the fifty. Down! Tackled… kinda. Anyway a star is born and he started the rest of his career.

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  15. Chopdawg

    “Replacing a two-year starting quarterback? Not a problem. Recall that Gus Malzahn had done that every year as a college coach…”

    Replace a two-year starting quarterback every year? That’s hard to do, even for Gus.

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  16. Bulldog Joe

    Last year, Gus’ problem wasn’t on offense.

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    • Great game between the hedges. Georgia let the air outta the tires on the Gus Bus. Holding them to their lowest point total and half the total yardage that the bammers gave up. And there was that 44 points they scored on Uncle Nicky too. Great game!

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