It didn’t take long for there to be offensive playcalling controversy in Auburn.
Coach Gus Malzahn hired coach Chip Lindsey this offseason to serve as the offensive coordinator and play-caller. After years of handling those duties on his own, he outsourced them midway through last season and saw significant improvement in the passing game.
Any progress that was made appeared to have been left at home in their Tigers vs. Tigers matchup at home against Clemson. The Auburn offense managed to put up only six points, and quarterback Jarred Stidham was sacked 11 times.
It appeared that Malzahn had revoked Lindsey’s playcalling privileges when Malzahn and Lindsey were shown on the TV broadcast speaking into their headsets.
Following their conversation, Lindsey started to walk in the opposite direction of a critical fourth down play in the third quarter.
On Sunday, he told AL.com that Malzahn didn’t take playcalling duties away from him at any point during the game.
“I called every one of them. The good and the bad ones.”
Both coaches have denied that Lindsey had the responsibility revoked.
Auburn faces off against the Mercer Bears in their next game. It’ll be a chance for the offense to get back on track and for Lindsey to figure out how to keep his quarterback safer in the pocket.
If he fails to put up huge numbers against a vastly inferior Mercer defense, he might have his offensive coordinator duties revoked anyway.