Auburn Hires Scot Loeffler As New Offensive Coordinator.
The wait is finally over, Auburn ended their search for an OC Sunday night after they hired Scot Loeffler away from Temple. I for one thinks this is a decent hire, many were expecting Chizik to hire an NFL guy because of the unusual waiting time, my guess is that Chizik probably struck out on his first one or two choices (no doubt he’ll be asked about this in Monday’s press conference).
No time to dwell on it anymore, it’s time for him and the others to go out and recruit so we can finish off this signing day where we are supposed to. On top.
Michigan Wolverines QB Coach 1997-2000 – Loeffler’s first coaching gig was at Michigan, where he served as a QB coach and taught former NFL quarterback Brian Griese and current NFL quarterback Tom Brady. He was also a part of the undefeated 1997 Michigan Wolverines staff. Brady credits Loeffler as being one of the main figures that influenced who he became as a Quarterback, that’s a darn good sign if I’ve ever seen one.
After spending two seasons at Central Michigan, he then returned to Michigan to be the quarterbacks coach again for six seasons, where he tutored current NFL quarterback Chad Henne. Henne because the first true freshman quarterback to lead his team to a Big Ten title and start in a BCS Bowl game. Henne set school records in career passing yards (9,715), touchdowns (87), completions (828) and attempts (1,387). He also helped develop John Navarre into the team’s first All-Big Ten first team quarterback since 1997.
Loeffler then took his talents to the NFL’s Detroit Lions for a season, where he guided a quarterback unit that threw for 2,960 yards in 2008 (Dan Orlovsky, Jon Kitna, Daunte Culpepper).
Loeffler returned the college game shortly afterwards where he spent two seasons at Florida. He coached a quarterback unit that led the nation in pass efficiency (167.3) in 2009, they passed for 3,305 yards for 28 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Florida ranked second in the SEC in passing offense with an average of 236.1 yards per game. Loeffler guided Tim Tebow in his final season at Florida, during which he passed for 2,895 yards and 21 touchdowns, finishing his senior season with a passing efficiency of 164.17. Tebow left Florida with five NCAA, 14 sEC and 28 UF records.
Loeffler spent last year in his first stint as a college offensive coordinator, where he installed a multiple run-first offense at Temple. That year, Temple had the 56th best offense in the country (total offense), 115th ranked pass offense but with a pass efficiency of 142.8, so that statistic is not as bad as it may originally look. Temple had the 7th best rush offense that year, leading rusher Bernard Pierce rushed for 1,481 yards on 273 carries, averaging 5.4 yards per carry, as well as notching 27 rushing touchdowns.
Looking at last years offense, you can see that Temple mainly relied on the run. They used the quarterback very few times, as he only attempted 83 passing attempts, his completion percentage was 65.1% and his rating was 143.4. I’m not sure if that’s because Temple’s rushing offense was that good, or their quarterback’s left a lot to be desired. Regardless, from looking at the quarterbacks Loeffler has coached in the past, I expect him to do some work with Frazier/Pike in the next few years.
Overall, I am happy with this hire, sure the timing wasn’t ideal but it is what it is and we can no longer afford to dwell on it. Welcome to Auburn Scott! WDE