Gus Malzahn (above) is heading into season five as Auburn's head football coach.
Auburn, Ala.-- Gus Malzah said on Saturday evening that he will not have a problem stepping away from the day-to-day management of the Auburnfootball team’s offense because he has confidence that Chip Lindsey can get the job done.
Earlier in the day Auburn’s head coach announced that Lindsey was making the move back to Auburn after spending two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Southern Miss followed by one season in the same role at Arizona State.
Lindsey will coach the Auburn quarterbacks as well as call plays for the Tigers as part of his offensive coordinator duties, the head coach said. In 2013 he came to Auburn as an offensive quality control coach to learn more about Malzahn’s offense, particularly the running game. However, Malzahn said the 2017 Tigers will be running Lindsey’s offense, not Malzahn’s.
“Chip is going to call the plays,” Malzahn stated. “This is going to be Chip’s offense. This is going to be his responsibility. I have a lot of trust in him, like I said. He is going to do a great job.”
Asked if the players will have to learn new terminology, Malzahn said, “That is something me and Chip will talk about, but Chip is responsible for the offense and that’s something we will get in deeper and see what he is the most comfortable with.”
Immediately after talking to the media at Auburn Arena, who were there to cover the Tigers’ basketball victory over Alabama, Lindsey headed to the football complex to meet with prospects.
“I think the timing for us is good, the fact that it’s our biggest recruiting weekend and the fact that Chip is going to get the chance to meet them face-to-face,”?Malzahn said. “A lot of them are already familiar with him, but at the same time I think the timing is good. That worked out pretty well.”
Lindsey takes over from Rhett Lashlee, who was Auburn’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach the past four seasons before leaving to handle the same role at UConn.
Malzahn said that Lindsey will do the quarterback coaching. “Yeah, Chip is the quarterback coach and the offensive coordinator. I think I told him, my old offensive clipboard, I’m retiring it. That’s probably the best way to answer that.”
The head coach said that he believes Lindsey will be good at handling his assignment, including recruiting QBs to Auburn.
“His resume about developing quarterbacks, his reputation in the states of Alabama and Georgia, especially among high school coaches,” Malzahn said. “Just the fact that he's a great communicator, he is a great person and the type of coach you would want your son to play for and have confidence of developing him at the highest level.”
Malzahn said one of the things he was looking for in his coordinator hire was to improve Auburn’s passing game to go with AU’s ground attack. “We have been one of the best, and of course last year we led our league in rushing, but we need to be more balanced. We need to throw the ball more effectively. Chip will bring that. I’m excited about our passing game. He will bring some new ideas, some new wrinkles, new flairs, he’s got a great offensive mind. I think it will compliment our run game.”