Gus Malzahn’s offensive system has reached a level of celebrity that his play design copycats now include Pete Carroll, head coach of the world champion Seattle Seahawks. But there is more to Malzahn’s methods than an innovative playbook melded from the Wing T, innovative blocking schemes, zone read, and a modern aerial attack. A deeper understanding of how Malzahn is usually … [Read more...] about Top Gun: Military Tenets of the Gus Malzahn Offense, Part I
Having lampooned the forecasting record of the expert media pundits, Doug Dean makes the case for a monster season for Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers in Part II of his preseason forecast. “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.” - Admiral David Farragut (1801-1870) One hundred fifty years ago, Admiral David Farragut surveyed a treacherous Mobile Bay aboard his USS Hartford, and … [Read more...] about Malzahn’s Thirteen Seconds: Sealing the Deal in 2014
In part one a two-part preseason forecast, Doug Dean first exposes the folly of the prognosticating “experts”; on Friday, he makes the case for a monster season for Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers in 2014. “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.” - Mark Twain (1835-1910) With ESPN’s exciting launch of the new SEC Network, fans who are … [Read more...] about Wherefore Art Thou, Nostradamus? The Forecasting Failures of Expert Punditry
One year ago, as Gus Malzahn’s inaugural season as Auburn head coach neared its first kickoff, I pondered the question on every Auburn fan’s mind - what’s the right number? There was reason to be upbeat, but in the wake of a demoralizing 3-9 campaign the previous year, the consensus opinion among Auburn fans was that a seven or eight-win season would be an impressive start to … [Read more...] about Auburn Lettermen are pretty much predicting another national championship run for the Tigers
Let the drumbeat commence, football freaks. We have breached the 90-day countdown to the college football season. In the Loveliest Village, the Malzahn brain trust prepares for its season opener against normal American football team, the Arkansas Razorbacks, on what is sure to be a crisp, cool August Saturday in the interest of visiting player safety. By now, we are weary … [Read more...] about What impresses Auburn Lettermen the most about Gus Malzahn’s coaching staff?