This ($$) is scathing.
The other concern is the Auburn offense. The No. 1 job of a college coaching staff is to win, not necessarily prepare players for the NFL. And Gus Malzahn’s system is based on rudimentary principles that aren’t helping Stidham develop as a passer for the next level – as one NFL scout put it: “If our offense is a 10, that Auburn offense is a 3.” While there is no doubt that he needs another season in college, is another year in that offense going to be beneficial to Stidham?
Well, let’s hope not.
Weirdly enough, I used to respect Malzahn’s skill in developing quarterbacks. His renovation of Chris Todd into a functional SEC starter was impressive. Then came Cam. After that, though, not so much. Marshall was a great fit in his system, but had no chance of playing the position at the next level.
Now, Gus isn’t being paid millions to produce NFL starting quarterbacks. He’s being paid to win. So on one level, being scorned by an NFL scout isn’t particularly relevant. But on another level, do you really want to become known on the recruiting trail as a Paul Johnson with lower admission standards?