"[Rich] Rodriguez was a lot like that," Steele said on Tuesday. "He had a lot of different stuff, very fast tempo. It reminds me of Canada where they got 12 men."
He downplayed the chaos that Malzahn's lightning-quick tempo can cause for an opposing defense.
"Eleven men on both sides—the officials are going to spot the ball. When they get in place, it's going to go," Steele said. "Yes, it is fast. And yes, you've got to think and get lined up in a hurry. It's still human beings having to get lined up. They've got to make a call. They've got to get lined up."
Throw in the SEC Tigers' 6-foot-6, 250-pound quarterback and Steele's has quite the conundrum on his hands.
Cameron Newton, the sixth most efficient passer in the country with a 186.51 rating, is also one of the nation's most dangerous runners, averaging 120 yards a game.
"He's a big guy carrying the ball. He's strong. He's powerful. He's got good cutting ability. It's almost like he's got very good vision in his running ability. He feels it," Steele said on Tuesday.
Tackling Newton, who's built like a defensive end, is quite the challenge, too.
"Your tackling technique has got to change a little bit. You still run through the man. You still lock up," Steele said.
"When the opportunity presents itself to hit a quarterback, you hit him, regardless who it is."
According to Steele, it's not the designed quarterback runs, zone reads and option runs that make Newton such a threat on the ground.
"Where it becomes an issue is when it's a scramble. That becomes an issue," Steele said of Cam Newton (pictured above). "Now, when you've got guys in coverage and you have a pass rush and he gets through the pass rush, there's obviously a difference." (AP)
"You only have to watch football on Sunday. When Peyton Manning scrambles, there's a difference when Michael Vick scrambles. That adds a whole other dimension to things."
Naturally, he kept his cards close and didn't go into any great detail on how he plans to scheme against Auburn. But Steele's eyes lit up when asked about the 3-4 scheme Mississippi State used last Thursday night.
"They're an odd front team that is multiple, pressure schemes with who's coming," he said of the Bulldogs. "Who's the fourth rusher? Who's the fifth rusher? Generally, with deeper coverage, a lot of three-deep coverage, (or) extra guy in the box— real deep coverage."
Mississippi State held Newton to 70 yards on 18 carries. Onterio McCalebb rushed 12 times for 68 yards and Michael Dyer ran for 48 yards on nine carries. Mario Fannin ran for just six yards and none of the four scored a touchdown.
The formula to keep the four-some out of the end zone is no different than that for any other week.
"It's about execution and being focused, play with your eyes and do your job," Steele said.