Destin, Fla.--Since arriving at Auburn as the offensive coordinator in 2009 and returning as head coach in 2013, Gus Malzahn has always been against outside quarterback coaches working with his players during the offseason.
With Chip Lindsey coming in to take over the offense heading into 2017 things have changed dramatically with Jarrett Stidham, Sean White and Malik Willis all working out with private quarterback coaches while away from Auburn.
Malzahn said after sitting down with his new offensive coordinator he’s come to the conclusion that it’s something that can help the QBs as they continue to mature in Auburn’s offense and also fundamentally with personal tutors.
“I talked to Chip and that was important to him,” Malzahn said. “He really spun the value of being able to work with some guys when they’re away. He was for it and he talked me into it. I support it and I think it’s a good thing.”
Jarrett Stidham is shown in his first spring practice with the Tigers.
That’s just another example of the changes in Malzahn’s coaching style from early in his career to now.
Turning the play calling duties over to Rhett Lashlee last season, Malzahn has turned the entire offense over to Lindsey this year and noted he feels good about where things are headed.
“I have a lot of trust in Chip,” Malzahn said. “We’re from kind of the same background with the same philosophy and all that. I’ve got a lot of confidence in him and I’m glad he’s with us.”
Focusing on player relationships and development in his role as the head coach, Malzahn said he trusts Lindsey and it’s his show now to run the offense for the Tigers.
“Chip is our offensive coordinator and he’s going to call plays,” Malzahn said. “He understands that our philosophies are the same. His job is to provide balance.
“We’re going to be able to run the football, that’s kind of what we’ve been known for, but his job is to provide balance. He’s a quarterback developer. He’s done a super job with that. I’m excited for him. He’s got a great offensive mind. He’s got a great future.”