Auburn has hired an offensive coordinator, Temple’s Scott Loeffler. Of course, he’s the best OC of all time:
His quarterbacks who made it to the NFL are Tebow, Tom Brady, Brian Griese, Drew Henson, John Navarre and Chad Henne.
When you’re finished getting that joke, take a look at these comments from Year2, posted a few days before the hire was made:
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what style his new coordinator runs. All that matters is that the new guy is good at it.
Let’s walk through the past few national championship games. In 2011, we had a pro-style (Bama) versus a pro-style with option elements (LSU). In 2010, we had an uptempo spread option (Oregon) versus an uptempo, motion-heavy spread option (Auburn). In 2009, we had a pro-style (Bama) versus a pass-heavy spread option (Texas). In 2008, we had a power spread option (Florida) versus an uptempo pass-heavy spread (Oklahoma). In 2007, we had a pro-style (Ohio State) versus a whatever-the-heck-it-is-that-Gary-Crowton-runs (LSU).
The teams that have won the most and played on the biggest stage run almost the full spectrum of offenses. There wasn’t a true Air Raid team, though ’08 Oklahoma was clearly inspired by it. There wasn’t a flexbone team either, though Paul Johnson did win the ACC with it in 2009 before that title was vacated.
With all due respect to Loeffler and Year2, yes, it does matter what style this coordinator runs, at least for a couple of season. The last time I checked, Auburn doesn’t have another Cam Newton on their roster right now and their best running back just transferred to Arkansas State. And as a friend texted last night:
They don’t have the QB, RB or WR to run a pro style right now. Will have to compete with us and LSU for those types.
Sure, execution matters, but the Jimmies and Joes matter, too.