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  1. Cam and Nick are also the only true running QBs Gus has played. And coincidentally, those were his two best offenses. Makes me wonder how special Joey Gatewood could have been if Gus started him from game 1 and gave him a few games to work the kinks out. Think about it, all of his other starting QBs have been pocket passers, yet his most effective offense has been when he was forced to start a dual threat because he had no other options. Other QBs have been Chris Todd, Barrett Trotter, Clint Moseley, Jeremy Johnson, Sean White, Stidham, and now Nix. Gus’s thinks his offense works best with a true pocket passer, but he’s too stubborn to realize that a deal threat makes it dynamic. His big breakthrough was “developing” Mitch Mustain at Springdale HS in Arkansas. Ever since, I’m convinced he thinks a drop back QB really makes his offense dynamic and allows him to scheme. But he’s wrong. Urban Meyer, Dan Mullen, Lincoln Riley, etc. all know a dual threat QB makes their offense special. But Gus is out here recruiting pro-style QBs like he runs a pro-style offense. He doesn’t get it.
  2. Yes. The Juniors and Seniors on this team want to win now. They don’t want to groom a QB for 2021. And we don’t need Tom Brady to run a Gus Malzahn offense. Gus makes all the audibles from sideline no matter who is in the game. So we don’t need a savant who’s been groomed since birth to run our simple offense. We just need a dude who can hit open passes, protect the ball, and not take 22 yard sacks on third down when we’re in FG range.
  3. Agree. Gatewood has been all in on Auburn since he was a junior in HS. He deserves an opportunity when the new guy ahead of him isn’t getting it done. People say Nix is the better passer and has “it”, but I’ve seen Nix consistently miss on intermediate passes that are open. Joey brings a different element to our offense and I’m not sure how his passing could be dramatically worse than Nix at this point. I also think the team believes in Joey Gatewood. Reading some of the off-season quotes by players about JG, they seemed to have a lot of confidence in JG to lead our offense. Gus may lose the team if Nix continues to struggle but Gus sticks with him. JG has been with the team for two years and his teammates have seen the work he’s put in. Nix is the the first year Golden Child who ESPN is doing Gameday stories about because of his dad. The Nix hype, however hasn’t translated to his play on the field. It could rub the team the wrong way if Nix continues to struggle but Gus refuses to give JG a chance.
  4. Agree with original post, I just wish Gus would have realized that. This was a game Tommy Tuberville would have won 13-10 (and we would have complained about the offense). Sometimes as a coach, you have to know the situation. We have a great defense, but were playing with a true freshman QB, on the road in a very hostile environment, against a limited offense. If Gus would have trusted his defense (who forced 5 turnovers) and leaned on the kicking game, we come out of there with an ugly win. Instead, he put his TF QB in too many situations to hurt us—especially in the red zone—and Bo killed us with costly mistakes.
  5. It’s amazing how much better CGM’s offense works with a dual threat QB. It makes a dramatic difference with opening up running lanes and freezing defenders who don’t know where the ball is. I watched three minutes of these highlights last night (below) and was amazed. On several plays, I couldn’t even tell where the ball was initially. Granted, 2013 had a great o-line, NM, and Tre Mason, but this was also against Bama’s defense (as opposed the 2018 Arkansas). NM was great. But IMO, just having a legitimate dual threat take the snap changes everything in our offense. https://youtu.be/eIN4XnjG59w
  6. Good defenses “figured out” the read option when Jeremy Johnson, Sean White, and Jarrett Stidham ran it. No so much when Nick Marshall and Cam Newton ran it.
  7. Ever since his first two seasons, Gus has insisted on using a drop-back, non-running threat QB in his offense. I can’t understand this. His offense needs a legitimate running threat at QB, otherwise it is susceptible to complete phases of complete ineptitude like we saw yesterday. Urban Meyer gets it. He always has a dual-threat QB at OSU. Idk if Gus is too stubborn or what, but his offense isn’t sophisticated enough to win consistently with drop-back, pro-style QB. Even one who is incredibly talented like Stidham. In my opinion, this has been the source our identity crisis on offense ever since Nick Marshall graduated. Gus is in denial about what his offense is.
  8. Agree. If Gus was lazy and didn't want to win, he would have just run a vanilla, basic offense against Clemson. I think he has the opposite problem. He's overthinking things and trying too hard. He has the talent, now he just needs to trust the talent, line up, and play sound football. Enough with the overly creative trickeration.
  9. Rather than going to the police, she emailed Gus Malzahn at 3am. Sounds like she was just mad at Jovon and wanted to screw him over. Mission accomplished...
  10. I agree that tempo is the problem. Our offensive scheme is relatively simple. I imagine our offense is easy to scout and opposing teams can determine what the probable play is we're going to run based on our formation, personal, who we send in motion, etc. However, when you go fast and don't substitute, it doesn't matter whether you're predictable or not. You're going so fast that the D is just trying to line up before the play. They don't have time to line-up, identify the formation, get a call in from the sideline, and adjust the defense. What we're doing now seems to be the worst of both worlds. We're going "no huddle," but we're also going "no hurry up." That gives opposing teams the chance to identify our formation, the likely play, and call in an adjustment from the sideline. If we're not going to hurry up, we might as well huddle up so opposing teams have less time to identify and adjust to our pre-snap tendencies.
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