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Outside of the end of last year when Jim started putting his mitts on the Gus' offense, they were pretty dang good. They probably had more success against us than anyone in 09 and 10.
Now, that being said, I still think they will struggle on defense and probably struggle to hire a good DC that wants to play defense for 80 plays a game.
In 09 they did score 21 against us, but that was mostly due to a couple of big plays and trick plays. They really didn't have any sustained success against us. I think 2010 speaks for itself in that camputer made that season for them. Without him, they were probably 8-5 that year. And let's not forget that the mighty Malzahn offense never even really threatened to score an offensive TD against us and put up 17 points total against LSU and UGA. And that's to say nothing of how badly au's defense regressed when they switched to Malzahn's offense. This hire all but guarantees that au's defense will remain hapless.
From an Alabama fan's perspective, I love this hire. Even if we assume that his offense will be successful (not a given IMO considering the 2011 season and his recruitment of Frazier and Pike), I see absolutely no reason to think Gus has the leadership skills or experience to handle the rigors of head coaching duties at big program in the SEC. Can Gus Malzahn take a team that is in total disarray and turn them into a disciplined, focused group of young men? Does he have the strength of personality to pull that off? Can he recruit elite talent for his gimmicky offense? His defense? Me thinks not. This guy was coaching high school football not too long ago. He might turn out to be OK, but I doubt it. I would have been much more uncomfortable had they hired Smart. Just my opinion.
The state is the great fictitious entity by which every man believes he can live at the expense of every other. - Frédéric Bastiat
*U Schedule 2011
Utah State W 42-38
Miss State W 41-34
Clemson L 38-24
Florida Atlantic W 30-14
USCe W 16-13
Arkansas L 38-14
Florida W 17-6
LSU L 45-10
Ole Miss W 41-23
Georigia L 45-7
Samford W 35-16
Alabama L 42-14
When did Jim start messing with Gus's O?
I think it was either leading into or shortly after the South Carolina game.
However, you can easily see an increase in competition. Even this season, they scored points on New Mexico State and Alabama A&M... If we have to worry about Malzahn's offense, then what would we have done with Petrino, etc?
This post was edited by mvenomous1 16 months ago
in 2011 Puss malfeasance mighty o scored 0 points against us in 2011. They scored a TD on Special teams and Defense.
Think this is actually a fair point if we'll remove our crimson lenses. Widely believed that the offense was handcuffed before the USCe game in 2011 and, even accounting for the increase in competition, there's no doubt the offense was quite effective from '10-'11 when Malzahn was given relatively free reign. Admittedly, he'll never have another QB like Cam, but the system is schematically sound and he excels at coaching and implementing the system irrespective of who is running it at the QB position.
Say what you will about his defense, and there's obviously a clear link between his offensive success and defensive woes, but his offense is dynamic and will be successful at AU if he is given the time to recruit for it over the course of 3-4 years.
With that said, none of this will matter if they actually are keeping Trooper and Luper around to further pollute their program and to perpetuate the undisciplined, unaccountable program they've created (side note: blows my mind that they might actually do this). Looks like they're still willing to sacrifice their program's integrity for the sake of 2-3 high profile recruits. Clearly, they haven't figured it out yet, and until they do it doesn't matter who they have at the helm. We probably have our own success to thank, at least in part, for this ridiculously myopic focus, but I'm not complaining.
This post was edited by elder008 16 months ago
Well-said and the truth. Too bad I'm out of up votes.
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Sorry, don't buy it. Everyone knows they won 4 or 5 games because of Cam alone. So without Cam you're looking at 3 seasons with Gus as OC and 4 or 5 losses each season. Now if you show me how they are going to get another Cam, then I'll be worried. Until then, nope. I am giddy over this hire.
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let's dont kid ourselves he is an improvement over chiz. However, what happens three years from now may tell another story.
Watching that PC tonight just further grows the legend of CNS and his PC. Man I was proud that day.
Let's go back to that day. INCREDIBLE.
Nick Saban accepting the University of Alabama coaching job. Roll Tide.
This post was edited by Slewis 16 months ago
Something that no one ever seems to want to acknowledge... Chizik may have actually been right to handcuff them. Their defense was very thin and couldn't handle the number of snaps the Gus Bus was giving them. They gave up 36 pts/gm the first three weeks of the season against inferior competition. They were going to lose to UA, Ark, UGA, and LSU, but giving the defense time to breathe may have won them games against UF and USCe since their lack of depth didn't have to come into play.
Da fact is that even in the 2010 season with 180CAM they came very close to losing 5 games....unless you have a phenom at QB the trickery will only carry you so far in this league.
His offense scored 16 against USCe, 14 against Arky, 17 against UF, 10 against LSU, 7 against UGA, and the offense scored 0 against Bama. Not imprressive. And that offense included Dyer who was better than any back they currently have on their roster.
"You've got some nerve coming here." T. Yorke
Yea, its an effective offense but it has nothing to do with running a top notch SEC program. Can he build it the right way? Does he have the charisma and character to recruit the right player to the school? Is he disciplined enough to have discipline within the program. Is he strong enough to get the power brokers out of the football building? I honestly don't care about their offense because it isn't the system its the players. It isn't how good of an OC is he its can he build and lead a top 5 program?
Time will tell. i highly doubt it.
This is Chiz part 2. It might be a little flashier, but this is doomed to fail. Why? Because AU needs a change in culture, and Gus is more of the same. He has a good offensive mind and he seems like a good guy, but this will fail. Mark it down.
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