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New Auburn OC: ‘it’s our job to score football points’


The announcement of new Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler happened quickly, with reports surfacing yesterday just before the school confirmed the hire.

Today, a press conference was set up for the now-former Temple OC. But it was during that presser that Auburn coach Gene Chizik said the process of finding Loeffler — he said the list of candidates was short and Loeffler was interviewed last “by design” — took as long as it did because of how thorough the search was.

“One thing I was going to make sure is I did my due diligence to bring in the best man for Auburn,” Chizik said. “We think we got that done.”

Loeffler spent just one season as Temple’s offensive coordinator. The Owls finished in the Top 10 nationally in rushing offense, but struggled mightily in the passing game this season. In 2009-10, Loeffler was Tim Tebow‘s quarterback coach at Florida.

“It was very important to me to bring in somebody I knew had a reputation for developing quarterbacks,” Chizik said.

We’ll let you decide whether Loeffler did a good enough job with Tebow.

As for Loeffler’s philosophy with the Tigers, suffice to say the replacement for Gus Malzahn had an interesting perspective.

“It’s our job as an offense to protect that defense. And at the end of the day, it’s our job to score football points.”

You can check out more quotes from the presser HERE and the Birmingham News’ recap HERE.

(Photo courtesy of the University of Florida) 

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10 Responses to “New Auburn OC: ‘it’s our job to score football points’”
  1. cameron poe says: Jan 23, 2012 4:45 PM

    Well I guess the War Eagle brethren are counting their lucky stars that they hired a football coach that is concerned with scoring football points! As opposed to all those other points a team must score to win a football game.

    “Yay football is my favorite show!”

  2. fitz66 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:52 PM

    “Football points?” I’m glad Holgs, isn’t so pessimistic. He’s aiming for basketball points.

  3. Deb says: Jan 23, 2012 5:59 PM

    Interesting choice. Not trying to be a jerk by saying this because I like and respect Tebow, but having been his quarterbacks coach isn’t necessarily a great cred. Tim ranked last among NFL QBs in passing this season. However, I like that Loeffler clearly respects smashmouth football–good defense and a strong running game.

    Gus Malzahn is a talented offensive mind–which is why he moved up the coaching ranks so quickly. It wouldn’t be easy for anyone to replace him. Being a defensive guy, Chizik will need Loeffler to really step up.

  4. goforthanddie says: Jan 23, 2012 6:37 PM

    “And at the end of the day, it’s our job to score football points.”

    At least he knows what sport he’s coaching.

  5. barnesaintnoble says: Jan 23, 2012 8:13 PM

    You forgot to mention that he also developed Tom Brady when he was at Michigan. Seems like a pretty important thing to also bring up if you want to bring the Tim Tebow reference into this.

  6. Deb says: Jan 23, 2012 9:28 PM

    @barnesaintnoble …

    Uh … yeah. I often read a coach’s full résumé before commenting, but this time just went with what was here. A Brady/Michigan reference would have made a big difference for me :)

  7. rbrown2222 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:32 PM

    Scott was a graduate assistant when Brady was at UM.
    He was QB coach and developed John Navarre and Chad Henne at UM

  8. burntorangehorn says: Jan 24, 2012 2:36 AM

    Loeffler didn’t so much coach Tebow as implement what Urban Meyer told him, although I’m sure he picked up a fair bit from both Meyer and Mullen. Anyway, I don’t fault him for Tebow’s unsuitability for the NFL QB position; the job of being the QB coach at that point almost certainly didn’t involve trying to fix poor mechanics, especially motion and footwork.

    Obviously coaching QB’s at Temple mostly involved proper handoff techniques, because that’s all Chester Stewart really had to do.

  9. sprizzle2182 says: Jan 24, 2012 11:12 AM

    to everyone adding in about Brady at Mich…considering the fact that he was a 7th round pick i think its safe to say that this guy didnt have as much imput in Toms success as Bilichik and Brady himself did….

  10. Deb says: Jan 24, 2012 2:39 PM

    @sprizzle2182 …

    You should watch a bio on Brady. He was a phenomenal talent at Michigan, but for some reason, people were slow to recognize it. My brother was at the Orange Bowl when he kept coming back and coming back against Alabama, finally winning the game for the Wolverines. When he was drafted in the 6th round by the Pats, my brother called and told me the Pats had just drafted a future superstar. He was just about the only one who seemed to see Brady’s potential.

    Belichick is a defensive guru, not an offensive guy. And Brady got his shot with the Pats because of an unexpected injury to Drew Bledsoe, not because of any succession planning on BB’s part. Belichick is a brilliant coach, but he had little to do with Brady’s development. Most of that was Brady’s own willingness to work on every tiny detail of his craft to prove to all those who’d overlooked him how wrong they’d been. He had to fight hard for respect at Michigan. So anyone who helped him develop during that time would have had the opportunity to work with a unique talent.

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