Dye-Log: Malzahn's Offense A Good Fit

College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye writes about the 2013 Auburn Tigers.

Whenever there is a major coaching change it can be a challenge for a college football team to adapt to differences in the offensive and defensive systems being installed. However, in Auburn's case I think the Tigers will be better off this fall on offense than they were last fall and the transition should be a fairly smooth one back to an offense many of the players have been in previously.


I really think that Gus Malzahn's offense will give the Tigers a better chance to compete based on where the team is right personnel-wise compared to the conventional offense that Auburn ran last year. Coach Malzahn's style of play can cause a lot of problems for opposing defenses.

There are different types of spread offenses. One of the concepts is to spread out the defense to throw the ball and you run the football just a bit to keep the pass defense honest. Mike Leach is an example of a coach who takes that approach.

Gus Malzahn runs more of a spread you out to run the football system. When opponents set up their defense to try to take away the run his team is ready to attack what they are doing through the air. He believes in a physical running game that gives his team the opportunity to make big plays in the passing game.

Both approaches can be effective when executed properly. Personally, I like what Gus is doing because there are very few instances when the defensive players can prepare for a snap knowing for sure if the play is going to be a run or a pass. For most offenses, third down and four, five, six or even seven yards to go is a likely passing situation, but with what Coach Malzahn's offenses do they can be effective at converting those situations into first downs on the ground.

My take is that with Coach Malzahn and his offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, Rhett Lashlee, running the offense, the Tigers will be able to move the ball and score enough points to win a lot more games than they did last fall. I think there is reason for more concern for the 2013 Auburn team about how good it is going to be on defense as those players adjust to a new system.

Letters to Coach Dye:

Coach Dye

I appreciate your column on the importance of conserving water. This has been a big issue for me personally for quite some time.

I live in Texas now, and the water conservation issue is a very hot topic in these parts. Lake water levels worldwide are dropping at an alarming rate, and there is not enough rainfall globally to replenish them. In short, our planet is running out of natural fresh water sources. And yet we still waste water at an alarming rate.

Here in Austin, a controversial court ruling granted that homeowners own and control the ground water beneath their property. I am not sure how this makes sense. How can individuals claim rights to an underground aquifer? Wealthy citizens in Austin are now digging wells in their backyards, tapping into the aquifer so they can irrigate their lawns, keeping non-native plants alive and thriving, which is totally insane.

People need to quit wasting water. Here are some things I recommend that can make a BIG difference in your individual water consumption:

-Use rainwater to irrigate your plants
-Limit shower time to no more than 6 mins per person
-Use leftover water in bottles or cups to water a plant, not pour down the drain
-Always turn the sink off between tasks (brushing teeth, washing hands, washing dishes)

I agree with you about water and oil. I believe countries will be fighting wars over the last sources of water left for us. Until we figure out a desalination process to turn seawater into usable drinking water, we have a big, big issue on our hands.

Again, thanks for your column. War Eagle!

GrayJayTiger in Austin, TX

Thanks for the note. We have a pretty good number of Auburn graduates living in Austin, which I understand is a growing and diverse part of the country. It is not a surprise to me there is a strain on the water resources there. I appreciate your comments about water and I agree with you that it is an important issue that is not going away. In fact, I think it is going to get bigger.

(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)

Editor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming. Dye writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat's Picks.

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