New AU Coach Connected to Standout QBs

Auburn's new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach discusses a variety of subjects as he starts his job on Gene Chizik's staff.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach has worked with a variety of outstanding QBs over the years.

Tom Brady, one of those players and one the best quarterbacks on the planet, was one of the first to congratulate Scot Loeffler on Sunday night about his new job with Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

While coaching for the University of Michigan, Loeffler worked with standout QBs Brady, Chad Henne, Brian Griese, Drew Henson and John Navarre. While coaching quarterbacks at the University of Florida, Loeffler worked with Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.

At his introductory press conference on Monday in Auburn, Loeffler said, "Actually, last night it was kind of funny. Tommy (Tom Brady of the New England Patriots) picked up the phone and found out I got this job.

"It was a great conversation," the new Auburn coach noted. "He said, ‘Scotty, you got one of the best jobs in America. Go be yourself, go be who you are and keep being a team guy and you will help Auburn.' That is all I want to do--help Auburn."

Brady made that call shortly after helping the Patriots earn a berth in the Super Bowl with a victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Loeffler said as a coach at Auburn he wants to bring great players into the program like Brady. "We are going to find the very best quarterback in America that has the ‘it' factor--a guy that is smart, a guy that is tough, a guy that is athletic, a guy that gets it, a guy that just wants to win for Auburn with no other hidden objective," Loeffler said.

Asked about his offensive philosophy and what he plans to do with the Auburn offense, Loeffler said, "I have been very fortunate to be in a pro style offense in the NFL (Detroit Lions) and in Coach (Urban) Meyer's spread offense. What we are going to do here is we are going to take our personnel and assess exactly where we are the next two weeks.

"We are going to do a great job going out recruiting, number one, the best players in America," he said. "Taking our personnel here, we are going to build a system to get our playmakers the ball and do everything in our power to make sure we are helping our defense and special teams here at Auburn."

Loeffler said he doesn't have one favorite style of offense. "I like it all," he said. "I have been so fortunate to be around such great coaches, such great head coaches.

"The majority of coaches I have been around are defensive guys so I understand the mentality to win a championship is all based around great defense and special teams," he said.

"It is our job as an offense to protect that defense and make sure our players are highly involved in special teams, and at the end of the day it is our job to score football points. That is what we are going to do."

Commenting on the hiring process with Chizik, Loeffler said, "It was a wonderful process. It was the most intense, most detailed interview I have ever been around. We are dealing with a head coach who is a detail-oriented guy. I got to know him whenever he was at Texas. We have got the best head coach in America here at Auburn.

"The process of the interview was unbelievable and all I can is this--it was detailed, it was thorough and at the end of the day I was fortunate enough to get an offer from Coach and I am ecstatic to be here."

Chizik said he interviewed just a few candidates and saved Loeffler for the end of the process. "He was the last one I talked to," Chizik said. "That was by design. I was very impressed."

Chizik agreed it was a very detailed interview with the men going over details of running an offense. He said the hiring process was not a quick one because he was preparing the Tigers for the bowl game as interim defensive coordinator, dealing with recruiting and also hiring a defensive coordinator.

Loeffler said, "The area I was most impressed with is he wanted to find out what type of person you were--if you cared about your players. He wanted to make sure your players graduate, he wanted to make sure your players grow up to be good fathers, good husbands. Obviously, in our business we have got to win, too."

At a Monday meeting, Loeffler talked to the Auburn players he will help coach for the 2012 season. "This morning I was able to address our team, and I said this to them: ‘This is one of the few places in America the expectations are to win the championship year in and year out. It is an absolute privilege and honor to be part of something so special.'"

Covering a variety of topics on Monday:

*Loeffler said he had a great experience in his one season as offensive coordinator at Temple, where the Owls had a surprisingly good season, posting a 9-4 record. Loeffler said that team and coaching staff had good chemistry in Philadelphia

*The Owls were primarily a running team in 2011. Loeffler noted that Temple struggled at the quarterback position starting three different players before settling on a quarterback who was behind to start the season after missing spring practice with a broken bone in his hand.

*Loeffler and Chizik hit the road on Monday to visit with offensive recruits. Loeffler said he enjoys recruiting and he is looking forward to "getting great players" to coach at AU.

*Commenting on Auburn's current players, Leoffler said he "remembers them all" because Florida recruited them he was a coach for the Gators.

*Familiar with coaching in the SEC, he said the league features the "best of the best" when it comes to college football.

*Loeffler said that his major mentor in coaching is Lloyd Carr, who he has known since he was an 18-year-old freshman on Carr's team at Michigan. Chizik said the fact that Carr hired Loeffler as Michigan's quarterback coach as a 23-year-old is a strong statement about Loeffler's ability to develop players.


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