Q & A w/Chizik

Q: Do you think you have quarterbacks who fit the system you’re trying to run?
“I do. I feel like there’s a little bit of adaption to the players as well. Gus (Malzahn) and I have talked numerous, numerous hours about things our guys can do. You go in with a system and you can’t always try to fit a round peg into a square hole, so you’ve got to adapt and adjust on the run, which we’re constantly trying to do. I think what the offense calls for, we’ve got guys that come close to fitting what we want. But again, that’s why we’re out recruiting.”

Q: Auburn had difficulties last year going back and forth with a quarterback. Is it important to settle on one?
“It is important. We definitively would like to settle on one, there’s no question about that. That’s not writing off the possibility of us having to use more than one, because I’m never going to back myself in a corner and say never.”

Q: Where is Auburn football now in relation to the SEC?
“We’re a ways off. I’m not trying to paint a doom-and-gloom picture, and I certainly don’t want delusions of grandeur, either. We’re somewhere in between. But we’ve got our work cut out for us, but we’ve got a plan. Realistically, I remember what our 2004 football team looked like after we walked off the field after that Sugar Bowl. We’re a ways from that, and that’s what we have to get back to.”

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