CHIP LINDSEY AND GUS MALZAHN (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Chip Lindsey: "I have Got a Lot of Autonomy" To Run the Auburn Football Team's Offense

Chip Lindsey talks about his new job as offensive coordinator of the Auburn Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.-- Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn said when he hired Chip Lindsey to coordinate the 2017 offense and train the quarterbacks, he would let the coach run the show on that side of the line of scrimmage.

“I have got a lot of autonomy,” Lindsey said after Auburn’s fourth practice of the spring on Tuesday evening. “I’m glad he’s saying that--that’s good,” added Lindsey, who moved from Arizona State to Auburn.

Commenting on AU’s head coach, Lindsey said, “He is one of the best that has ever done it (coordinate an offense) so he’s a guy that I’m going to lean on for sure, but he has been great with me. We are doing things the way we want to do it, the way it fits Auburn.

“The way our offensive staff is doing things, obviously he knows what we’re doing and how we’re doing it and there are a lot of things he really likes. I think we are just trying to find the right mix of what we want to do.”

In his three seasons as a college offensive coordinator, Lindsey’s attack has been more pass-oriented than the offense that Malzahn’s teams have run at Auburn.

Lindsey noted that the goal is to find what works best for the personnel the Tigers will put on the field this fall.

“If you know the places I’ve been, when I was at Troy we were a certain way, when I was at Southern Miss running the offense we were a certain way, at Arizona State we were a little different than Southern Miss,” the coordinator pointed out. “It’s all about the team you have. You build the team around your quarterback and your playmakers and that’s what we’re trying to do here.”


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