Gus, you had one job to do.

So, you may have seen this scathing criticism of the quarterback whisperer.

“Jarrett Stidham, the kid from Auburn. Here’s this kid, he was a five-star, four-star kid at Baylor with Art Briles, okay? They have the absolute fiasco that happens there and then he decides to leave Baylor and goes to Auburn,” Lombardi says on the podcast. “Really if the kid was smart, he would have stayed at Baylor with Matt Rhule. Because if he plays with Matt Rhule at Baylor, he’s probably going to throw. He probably would have been a first or second-round pick. He’s easily better than Daniel Jones if he plays in an offense that would have highlighted what he can do.”

… To continue that thought, Lombardi then really went all in on Auburn’s offense, which he says could be the worst offense in all of football.

“That offense at Auburn, I’m not sure what the hell it is,” Lombardi said. “They run power, they run unbalanced… But anyway, that offense, seriously, might be one of the worst offenses in football, so you can’t evaluate a quarterback in it or they can’t train a quarterback, that’s the other thing. (Gus Malzahn) can’t train them.”

Tell us what you really think, man.

To be fair about it, I totally agree with this Jerry Hinnen rebuttal.

Ultimately, that is spot on.  Gus is being paid a lot of money, not to make the NFL love his quarterbacks, but to win Auburn football games.  (See, for example, Nick Marshall.)

But — and you knew there’d be a but — you can’t tell me Gus isn’t selling himself as some sort of QB guru on the recruiting trail.  And, yes, that includes Stidham.

Interesting point there.  Yes, Stidham led the conference in completion percentage in 2017.  However, his passer rating was only good for fourth best in the SEC.  Here’s the thing, though:  Stidham’s passer rating and completion percentage both declined last season.  Think that might have had any impact on Stidham’s thought process about returning for another year at Auburn?

Contrary to Lombardi, Malzahn’s offense is just fine, at least when he’s calling the plays.  (I expect the Tigers to rebound from what they accomplished under Lindsey last season.)  But there do appear to be some cracks in Gus’ quarterbacks coaching game, which, I admit, is a little weird, because after I saw what he did with Chris Todd a few years ago, I thought he really was something of a guru.

Gee, I wonder if there’s anything said about that on the recruiting trail these days.


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19 responses to “Gus, you had one job to do.

  1. Granthams replacement

    Losing 4 OL starters in 2017 might not help. The best skill players from 2017 left early as well. BTW I hate awburn but I hope Gus is there for a long time.


  2. Mikey

    On the recruiting trail these days with Auburn I don’t think Is really good. Now my sister who went to Auburn will probably get really mad I said that


  3. Derek

    The problem with offense is that it needs a qb that can run and throw. If it doesn’t have that it tends to bog down without a kerryon Johnson quality back to balance it out.

    If you have a really, really good passer and a great back, then you can make it work like in 2017.

    To me the biggest indictment of Gus is that he hasn’t recruited a single decent qb out of hs.

    Don’t know how you invest what they’ve invested in a guy that hasn’t done that yet, given the import of that position to the offense.

    Also, I don’t think people realize how little interest most QBs have in taking shots and that offense requires a QB who is a willing runner.

    That all everything failure they had a few years ago (#6?) I’m sure looked great in a non-contact jersey. Wasn’t interested in getting hit in the mouth.

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  4. Mikey

    Well Gus does like the Waffle House and that’s good 😂


  5. UGA '97

    We’ve never understood why Gus has never developed a QB he has signed from HS, and that transfers have only been his answer at QB.
    But there are lots of parts and pieces when discussing today’s overall evolution of college offense’s, which are adopting spread concepts at an alarming rate (see football study hall). Gus was already running dual threaf before most. Now everyone is doing the same, and even defenses are now more ready for it than ever. Though Lombardi fails to address Auburn’s run game, which made Gus QBs so successful, but he also doesmt discuss AU going against todays defenses. The pop plays, QB RPOs, presnap reads motions and shifts, combined with 1000 yards rushers that Auburn has, are becoming more and more part of every teams offense in some form or fashion. That said, the entire game including defenses, have caught up to Gus, and now starting to pass him by. In response it seems he is now trying, or forced, pass the ball to more due to the 4-2-5 base defensive schemes he is facing.


  6. Russ

    I don’t care for Auburn.


    • Dawg1

      That phrase and video make me smile!


    • 81Dog

      How do you feel about drivin’ in your truck? 😉


    • Mikey

      Well my sister prolly kick your ass cause she’s all Auburn. I don’t like it either but she chose to go Auburn I went to Georgia and Dad went to Georgia Tech and Mom never went to college but she held the fort in a dysfunctional household. I mean seriously Dad went to fucking Georgia Tech Mom never liked that cause we he always wanted to go to The freshmen game GeorgiaTech/Georgia was a Thanksgiving Day tradition. I always enjoyed had fun but Dad he loved the Georgia Tech Freshmen game with Georgia


  7. Texas Dawg

    Anything that makes Gus and Auburn look bad is fine with me. As they say perception is reality. Right or wrong, if a recruit perceives Auburn and Gus as inferior then who are we to dissuade them.


  8. DawgFaithful

    Like I said yesterday… nothing attracts elite QB’s like a high school offense and a coach that doesn’t know how to develop them.


  9. Go Dawgs!

    It’s a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world out there. Malzahn’s offense has been spectacular at times, and last year they certainly did struggle. But it’s certainly true that Stidham did better running the Tiger attack when he had a better offensive line in front of him. I heard Chris Sims on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday referring to Auburn being one of the SEC’s worst teams last year and that made me laugh out loud. Some of the piling on Auburn and Gus is a little unfair, but please… keep it going. I don’t want to see them get a chance to reload with recruits.


  10. Macallanlover

    I agree it isn’t any college HC’s job to build his athlete’s for the next level.. There will certainly be some overlap in talent skills, but the job is to win for the program that employs them. I don’t see how anyone could call Gus a QB whisperer, nor an offensive genius. But let him stay there and disappoint for many years. AU has only succeeded by cheating, and dirty tactics. I didn’t care until their low life fans embraced these tactics (they still do), I wished they had gotten the death penalty from the NCAA, not a trophy. After State Penn, I am pretty sure that penalty has been retired. My most hated team in the SEC, hope they lose every game they play, unless a W helps UGA.


  11. FlyingPeakDawg

    Don’t worry about Gus being able to recruit and develop a QB. He’s just waiting for the next star QB somewhere else to get in legal trouble and problem solved!


  12. Hal Evans

    I love coaches that like to go to Waffle House. We beat them routinely. Welcome Geoff Collins. Get prepared to be owned by UGA.


  13. WarD Eagle

    I just listed two QBs he recruited out of HS. Now you’re saying they have to “work out”?

    I get it. He’s a rival’s coach. But let’s not pretend he hasn’t recruited some good talent. And the question isn’t whether or not he can develop and NFL QB. That isn’t his job.

    How many QBs have Smart and Saban put in the NFL? McCarron? McElroy? Those are some memorable professional names.

    By all accounts Fromm should be the first.