Auburn Introduces Scot Loeffler as Offensive Coordinator
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Scot Loeffler
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Jan. 23, 2012

Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik

Opening remarks...

"Another great day for Auburn, and we're excited. We really, really are. The process for hiring an offensive coordinator we had a lot of moving parts probably the first question before you ask it I'll answer it is `Why so long?' Just with the bowl game and being the coordinator for the bowl game that being a huge priority for me with our team, then combined with recruiting, our recruiting efforts and trying to be relentless on the recruiting trail and at the same time trying to hire two coordinators, there's a lot of moving parts. The one thing that I was going to make sure was that I did my due diligence to get the best man here for Auburn, and that was my number one priority. So, however long that took I was going to take that time to do our due diligence to bring in the best man for our young people here, and we think we got that done. That being said, I want to introduce to you guys Scot Loeffler. I believe Scot is one of the bright, rising, young stars in this profession. I don't think there's any question about it. We're thrilled to have him here. He's got a very unique past in that obviously he played quarterback at Michigan and at a very, very young age Lloyd Carr brought him back to Michigan at 23 or 24 years old to be the quarterback coach, and I think that's where it starts, and that's a mouth full, and that's a tough job at a young and early age. It was very important to me to bring in somebody that I knew had a reputation for and was really good at their trade in terms of developing quarterbacks. I think that is extremely, extremely important when your offensive coordinator is your quarterback coach that is a huge piece of the puzzle, and that was one of my very first ideas on my list when I went to look for these guys is I wanted somebody that I knew could take a quarterback and develop him to get him to where we needed him to be to win championships. Scot certainly has had a proven record to do that. He's had a lot of great experiences along the way. He was at Michigan I believe seven years before he took a job in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, and then obviously from there going to the University of Florida and getting a chance to work in that system with Tim Tebow before Urban Meyer resigned, and then he obviously went to Temple with Steve Addazio, and did a great job there winning nine games this year. So with that being said, I feel great about bringing Scot on board. I know we've hired not just a great football coach. He's a great person, he's a great man. Relationships with his players and relationships, not just to his quarterbacks, but the whole football team are very, very important to him. He's a great teacher. Again, we did our due diligence, and there was no question in my mind that he was the right guy for the job. When all the smoke cleared, I only had a handful of people that I interviewed, not many at all, but I had a good idea of what directions I wanted to go, and I'm just thrilled to have Scot here, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt it was a great hire. So, with that being said, I'm going to introduce you to Scot and let Scot come up here and say a couple of words here."

 

 

Auburn Offensive Coordinator Scot Loeffler

"First, I would like to begin by thanking our head coach Gene Chizik, our AD Jay Jacobs, our Associate AD Tim Jackson and our President Jay Gogue and the rest of the Auburn Family for this wonderful opportunity. My wife, Amy, my son, Luke, my daughter, Alexis, and myself we're ecstatic to be here at Auburn. It's an absolute honor, and we promise this from our family is that we will give our heart and soul to Auburn and do everything in our power to help us win the championship. This morning I was able to address our team, and I said this to them. This is one of the few places in America that the expectations are to win the championship year in and year out, and it is an absolute privilege and honor to be a part of something so special. When taking this job, I understand that it is not a right to be at Auburn. It's an absolute privilege, and with that privilege comes great responsibility. It's our objective and our mission as coaches to make sure that we teach our players that this place has great tradition. It's been laid by great players, it's been laid by great coaches, it's been laid by great administrators and it is our job to fulfill the obligation and the responsibility to keep this tradition rolling in a first class manner. I'm honored to be here. It's an absolute privilege, and, again, Coach Chizik, thank you for this opportunity."

On his offensive philosophy...

"I've been very fortunate to be in a pro-style offense, the NFL and coach (Urban) Meyer's spread offense. What we're going to do here is we are going to take our personnel, we are going to assess where exactly we are these next two weeks, and we're going to do a great job of going out and recruiting, number one, the best players in America. Taking our personnel here and we are going to build a system to get our playmakers the ball, and do everything in our power to make sure we are helping our defense and our special teams here at Auburn."

On what style of offense he prefers...

"I like it all. I've been so fortunate to be around such great coaches, such great head coaches. The majority of the head coaches that I've been around are defensive guys, so I understand the mentality to win a championship is all based around great defense and great special teams, and it's our job as an offense to protect that defense to make sure our players are highly involved in the special teams, and at the end of the day, it's our job to score football points, and that's what we are going to do here. So, what we are going to do is we are going to take the great recruits that we are going out there and recruiting we're going to take our players, we are going to assess exactly what they do best, and then we are going to form that offense around them."

On when he and Coach Chizik got started with the interview process...

"It was a wonderful process. It was the most intense, most detailed interview that I've ever been around. We're dealing with a head coach that is a detailed-oriented guy. I got to know him whenever he was at Texas, and we've got the best head coach in America here at Auburn. The process of the interview was unbelievable. All I can say is this is that it was detailed, it was thorough and at the end of the day, I was fortunate enough to get an offer from Coach (Chizik), and I'm ecstatic to be here."

On what types of details were covered during the interview...

"Football talk. Football talk and also the area I was most impressed with he wanted to find out what type of person you were, if you cared about your players, if you wanted to make sure that your players graduated, if you wanted to make sure your players grew up to be good fathers, good husbands and obviously in our business we've got to win, too. I was very impressed with that part of the interview. Just like I said, we've got a first-class head coach, the best of the best, and it is an absolute privilege and honor to be a part of his staff."

On spending last season at Temple as the offensive coordinator...

"It was a great experience in north Philadelphia. We had a bunch of coaches that were aligned just like that will be aligned here. Anytime you've got good people with good kids you've got a chance, and that's what we have here at Auburn. We recruit great players. I look forward to in an hour going out and recruiting some of the greatest players in America. Anytime you've got great kids with good chemistry in the coaching staff, guys that care about their players inside and out, you've got a chance, and that's what happened at Temple. I've been very fortunate that I've been at great places we were able to have success, and I'm ecstatic to be here at Auburn and to continue the great tradition that has been laid here by the great players, coaches, alum, fans and administrators that have built this place."

On starting three different quarterbacks last season at Temple...

"We struggled from the very beginning trying to find our guy. Chris Coyer, who ended up being the starter for the last six games, he was not able to play spring football because of a broken hand, and he developed into the guy who was able to learn the system and he did a great job for us."

On what extent of film study he has done on the Auburn quarterbacks...

"Just like I said, I was hired here yesterday, and I haven't had time to look at the ins and the outs of it, but I remember all of these guys when I was at Florida when I recruited them all, and I think they are very good football players. Again, I really look forward to diving into and watching their tape, getting a feel for who they are inside and out learning who they are, where they're from and kind of building a relationship that you need to have between the quarterback and quarterback coach. So, I think they are outstanding, and I look forward to building a relationship and finding a way for those guys to help our team lead us to an SEC championship."

On how coaching Tom Brady and Tim Tebow helped shape him as a quarterback coach...

"It's been outstanding. I've always had the philosophy you go find guys who are smarter and more talented than you, and that's what we are going to do. We're going to go out there and we're going to recruit and we're going to find the very best quarterback in America that has the `it' factor, a guy that is smart, a guy that is tough, a guy that's athletic and a guy that gets it and a guy that just wants to win for Auburn, period, no other hidden agenda, just wants to win for Auburn. I've learned more from those guys than you would ever know, believe it or not, and I'm their teacher. Actually, last night it was kind of funny Tommy (Tom Brady) picked up the phone and found out I got this job. It was a great conversation and he goes, `Scot, you got one of the best jobs in America. Go be yourself. Go be who you are, and go keep being a team guy, and you'll help Auburn,' and that's all I want to do is I want to help Auburn and keep the traditions that have been instilled at this place for several years."

On having experience in the SEC...

"We are the best of the best. We are coaching in the very best conference in America. If you look at who has won the national championships, it is remarkable. It is the best defenses. It is the best coaching. It is the best players and the best recruiting. That is the one thing I really look forward too. We are going to recruit the very best players for Auburn. We want to make sure that we not only recruit the best players, but we want to recruit good people that love Auburn. We are going to go get those guys. That is the whole objective, to go out and get the best players, put them around great coaches, care about them, discipline them, and at the end of the day have a heck of a lot of fun and try to win the championship every year."

On his major coaching influences...

"I am very fortunate to have worked for some tremendous head coaches, and to single one of them out would be unfair. The guy that I was with for most of my career, who knows me and I consider my second father, is Lloyd Carr. He has known me since I was an 18 year old kid. He got me into the profession. He took a chance on some 23 year old guy to come be a part of his program, and I am indebted to him. It's very similar to how I will be indebted to Coach Chizik for giving us this opportunity to be at such a wonderful place. The one thing that you will get from me is when you give our family an opportunity; you are going to get the very best. I promise that I will be a tireless worker and do everything in my power to make sure Auburn and Coach Chizik are successful."

On any pressure that he may have following Gus Malzahn...

"He did a wonderful job here. We won a National Championship two years ago. He is a fine coach, one of the best in the business. At any place you go to, there is pressure. The way that we are going to do this is we are going to be team oriented. It is not going to be about the offense, defense or special teams. It is going to be a team orientated deal. There is not one guy. When Coach Chizik hired Brian VanGorder, I was ecstatic. I'm just really super excited to be a part of the team. Not just the offense, the team."

Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik

On when he first contacted Loeffler...

"I am not going to get into a lot of the detail. I had a handful of people, which indicates there weren't many. To be honest with you, I have always had my short list. If another coach leaves tomorrow, I got the next group of guys that I am going to talk to. Scot was on the short list. I am not going to get into the details other than that he was the last one I talked to, and that was by design. I was very impressed with his film work and his board work. It was a very detailed interview about the offense, passing the ball, running the ball, protections, things of that nature, which is important from a defensive set of glasses. The interview went really well. Here is the thing; I am never going to put a timeline on that. I can only do things when I know that it is the right thing. When it is the right thing, then that is when we are going to make the move. Without question, it was the right thing. We expedited everything pretty quickly. That's about all I can tell you."

On having any urgency hiring an offensive coordinator with National Signing Day nearing...

"As I said earlier, the common sense answer to that would be the sooner the better for Signing Day. I am looking at what is best for Auburn. I am not looking for this date. I have a room full of 100 kids, and my number one goal is to make sure they are coached and given a chance to develop and succeed by the best. So, is recruiting important? Heck yeah it is important, but my most important objective was to get the right guy for Auburn and these 100 guys I already have in this room. Luckily, we were able to do it within a week, but that was not a deal breaker. I am always going to do, in my opinion, what I think is best when the time is best. Sometimes that isn't always your desired timetable, but the desired timetable for me is the right time. I know that I have done what I needed to do. I feel great about it."

On both coordinators having experience in the SEC and the NFL...

"When you go out and hire guys, there are certain things that you are looking for. With Brian (VanGorder), I had a previous relationship. I knew him very well, and I know his reputation is second to none. That was a little bit different than the offensive coordinator, because some of the handful that I had, I did know and some of the ones I had, I didn't know. I just wanted to make sure I did my due diligence. Now, the fact that they have been in the SEC and had those experiences, and the fact they have been in the NFL and had those experiences, do they help? Absolutely, because it is part of their journey. I think it is really big that I hired Scot, because he has played the position of quarterback at its highest level. He has been around national championships. He has coached some of the best quarterbacks that are out there. All of those things matter. I like the idea of them having experience in the SEC and NFL, but that wasn't necessarily what drove this search."

On if he knew Loeffler before the search...

"We had met. When I was at Texas, Scot came and spoke to our high school coaches at our clinics. We had passed. Our shifts had passed in the night, so we had met and known each other in that regard, but not to the degree that I knew Brian. In this coaching profession, you run across people all the time. It is that fraternity of people that you know, and I knew this guy had a great reputation. It is about getting on the phone and calling people from the NFL to the SEC and everybody in between, even before you decide that he is definitely the person that you are going to talk to. You do your due diligence that way first. Then, everything else fell into place."

On what he had heard about Loeffler...

"He is a brilliant coach in terms of Xs and Os. He is really great in relating with players and being able to, which was one of the most important things to me, develop a quarterback. As we know in this league, you have got to be able to develop quarterbacks. There was no question that with everybody I talked to, they all basically sang the same song. That was from NFL guys to college guys to anyone that had been around him. I had a great comfort level before we had even met, and started talking about the details of football, Auburn, and philosophy."

On what the offense's identity will be...

"Scot touched on that a little bit. Here is our situation at Auburn right now. This is a new beginning for us, if you will. We have done a really nice job recruiting here in terms of the last two years in getting two Top-5 classes. We have some good football players on this campus. What we are going to do is evaluate, and I am going to let Brian take care of the defense we are going to evaluate what we have together and come up with what we want to do defensively. Brian has been a 4-3 guy, and I have been a 4-3 guy. We don't anticipate that changing, but when you talk about sub packages, depending on the guys that we have, that is how we will proceed. Offensively, Scot and I will sit down and do the same thing. We will look at our personnel, and see what we got. Scot has been really blessed to have been around variety of offenses that have all been successful. Everybody is going to talk about the spread and pro, I don't even know what those are anymore. I really don't. I don't know if pro offense means one back all the time, and this is a spread, but they are running the counter and the iso. All of those terms that we use these days, I am defensive guy, and I can't even tell you what they are. All of that what they are called is overrated. It is real simple on offense right now. Create the offense and have the flexibility to use your best players, protect the ball, develop the quarterback, and give yourself the best chance to win by not turning the ball over and scoring some points. You can call that offense whatever you want to call it, but we are going to get our people in the right spots, and we are going to go with it."