Gus Malzan: What They're Saying
Changing coordinators is not the answer. Sweeping the deck
chairs off the Titanic doesn’t solve the problem. You’re
still going to hit the iceberg, and I think Auburn is
heading for an iceberg.
- Paul Finebaum
Gus Malzahn let his team down.
Auburn had a chance, at least on paper, to make a game
of it. Malzahn lit that paper on fire and threw it in
the trash can.
- Barrett Sallee
There aren't any more excuses left for the $49-million coach.
Apart from a fortunate national championship run in 2013,
Malzahn simply hasn't gotten the job done. ... Six years as a
head coach is more than enough time to build your program.
Malzahn is in his sixth year and looks as lost as ever. ...
Malzahn has shown over and over again that he will not adjust,
and he will not give up on his failing offensive system. ...
It's time to give up on Gus Malzahn.
- Sumner Martin
This contract that Auburn signed
with Gus Malzahn has the potential to be the worst contract ever
signed in college football history.
- Clay Travis
His problem is self-evident: the
fans don't like him. They have no faith in him. They're not
eager to support him, and I really don't know where this program
goes now. Gus Malzahn doesn't have a plan moving forward. The
plan was exactly what we witnessed on Saturday afternoon against
a run-of-the-mill SEC program in Tennessee.
- Paul Finebaum
Somebody at Auburn needs to insist
that he make changes or leave on his own accord ... if
Malzahn refuses to learn and refuses to change, then make
him answer to somebody.
Any coach worthy of a $50 million contract ought to be able
to devise a plan for his quarterback to be more successful.
- Guerry Clegg
It's clear that halfway through
the 2018 season, Auburn just isn't a good football team. Gus
Malzahn has serious questions to answer about why his team is
4-3. The locker room is reportedly not in a good place, and
neither is the on-field product.
- Richard Johnson
32 million, need I remind you, for a coach that
has gone just 37-22 at Auburn with a 1-3 bowl record since
he lost to Florida State in the national championship game.
Getting to a national championship should get Malzahn the
heaps of praise he deserves, but since then, he's been an
average to below-average coach in the SEC.
- Mike Luciano
The man charged with leading Auburn's program for
the next seven years for $49 million has gone from knocking
off a top-10 team in Week 1 to losing to a Tennessee team
that was on an 11-game losing streak in the SEC.
It's Malzahn's job to get this team focused and
make sure each unit has a great game plan in all three
phases. The Tigers did not do that last week under Malzahn.
- Brandon Marcello
It's not just that the Tigers are so bad they are now the
worst team in the Southeastern Conference. That would be
disastrous. This is so much worse.
Auburn is stuck with a coach the fans don't want, and
the players don't play for.
One thing is for sure. The fleecing of Auburn has begun.
Auburn is the most disappointing team in the country
The defense was one of the best in the country to begin
the season. It all but quit on Malzahn in the fourth
There is something much worse than anger in Auburn these
days. Anger can be channeled. Apathy can set programs
back for years.
- Joseph Goodman
Auburn overbilled itself this season, and probably
overpaid its coach, too.
- Joseph Goodman
Under Malzahn, Auburn finds itself stuck in a no-man's
land somewhere just north of mediocrity but well south
- Kevin Scarbinksy
Auburn fans have to take a long look at this program and
ponder the question, "Who is Gus Malzahn and what is
this program all about? Is he a coach that caught
lightning in a bottle in 2013, with two
of the most miraculous come from behind wins in history
or is he just an average, middle of the road coach who
can get you to 10 wins every once in awhile but is most
likely going to get you to eight?"
- Paul Finebaum
By blowing a 20-point lead at LSU, Gus Malzahn confirmed
what's been strongly suspected the past three seasons -
he has little chance to lead the Tigers back into an SEC
contender. Auburn has two home games left in which
they'll definitely be underdogs, Alabama and Georgia.
Those programs have emerged as the class of the SEC, an
echelon that the Tigers don't look capable of returning
to under Malzahn.
- Pete Thamel
Somehow, someway something has to change. There has to be
vision and commitment to excellence. Anyone who isn't
willing to put the well-being of the program ahead of their
own desires, even their own job security, doesn't need to be
part of the process.
- Phillip Marshall
But as we were reminded so painfully in Baton Rouge,
Malzahn is long gone. "Gus Malzahn" is here instead,
indistinguishable from a two dozen other spread-to-run
coaches spread across the Power 5 landscape save for his
remarkable defense, outstanding recruiting, and ability
to bludgeon lesser teams into submission.
Those things would be more than enough at some programs.
But they're not enough at Auburn. They're not why
Malzahn was hired.
- Jerry Hinnen
Auburn deserves better.
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