Auburn's been running Malzahn's offense since he got here. Pay no attention to the name associated with the title offensive coordinator. The OC is calling the plays for Gus in the same manner that the DC is calling the plays for Saban. Did you think it was a coincidence that a defensive head coach like Saban is always at the top of the league defensively and an offensive head coach like Gus tries to be on the top of the league offensively? That's the problem!
In order to run his offense correctly, you need an all world dual threat QB that can throw, run, catch and block. Cam Newton's and Nick Marshall's don't grow on trees. Of course, NM benefited from a very strong offensive line that could push piles and created gaping holes, an offensive line he didn't recruit.
It literally took Nick Saban one full year to turn around Alabama's football program. Five years later, we're still waiting for Gus to turn things around after a promising start and that 1-4 record in bowl game is kind of pathetic even for a mediocre coach.