Gene Chizik: SEC West is going back to the old-school fullback, smash mouth, play-action

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Monday April 23, 2012


Posted by: Pete Roussel on April 23, 2012

Gene Chizik believes the spread offense has run its fad in the SEC.

With the hiring of Scot Loeffler as offensive coordinator, Auburn has left behind the spread and fast tempo of Gus Malzahn's scheme for a more old-school approach featuring more traditional formations and less trickery.

Chizik said during the Tim Brando Show on Yahoo Sports Radio, "I certainly feel like here we are in the West, you know we've won 4 out of the last 5 national championships from this division.  And one thing that's always been common is the winners have always been able to run the football."

He continued, "And they've been able to run and I think it has gotten back to the old-school fullback, two tight ends, three tight ends smash mouth football, play-action the ball down the field.  I think that really has become the SEC West.  Arkansas, LSU, Alabama, and us becoming more of that."

While Gus Malzahn and his scheme have departed, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is essentially installing a close version of Malzahn's vision for offense in Oxford.

While this will make the Rebels' style unique to the SEC, it could put a burden on Dave Wommack's defense, which didn't see much 2-back offense during the spring.

Here's my previous article about up tempo offenses affecting defensive coordinators.  It does note that Wommack did buck a recent trend.

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