For the second consecutive year, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has received interest from a bundle of NFL teams. Black Monday, which is usually the day head coaches are let go from their duties, is just around the corner and there will be plenty of teams that will be need of a new head coach for the 2015 season. However, the head coaching market is a little thin right now and that means many franchises will look to the college level to find their next head coach.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, one team that could have interest in Malzahn is the Miami Dolphins. Other teams that come to mind are the Chicago Bears, the New York Jets, and the San Francisco 49ers. Despite Rapoport’s report, I believe the best fit for Malzahn is the 49ers. Although Malzahn has been at Auburn for just two seasons, he’s had much success with his spread offense. Nick Marshall and Tre Mason ran it to perfection last year. Looking at the 49ers, Malzahn would have Colin Kaepernick and the elusive Carlos Hyde to work with. To add to that offense, the 49ers would have guys like Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree on the outside.
Obviously, Malzahn’s offensive philosophy is extremely unorthodox, but it reminds me of the offense Chip Kelly deploys with the Philadelphia Eagles. In his two seasons in the NFL, the Eagles have finished in the top ten in offensive efficiency. Kelly has proven that coaches from the college level can in fact make the transition to the professional level.
Even though Malzahn has been rumored to the NFL, it makes a lot of sense if he decides to stay with Auburn. Considering that Will Muschamp will be the defensive coordinator for the Tigers in 2015, a national championship is extremely realistic for the Tigers to attain in the next few years. Although it would surprise to many, Malzahn has the makings of becoming a very good coach at the next level.
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