Gus Malzahn discusses bye week, improving Tigers in Birmingham appearance

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2015, file photo, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, left, and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, right, watch the action against Idaho during the first half of an NCAA football game in Auburn, Ala. Malzahn, who built his career on offensive play calling and creativity, has finally handed over the reins to let offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee call plays. (AP Photo/Mark Almond, File)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn spent some time with the media before his appearance at the Monday Morning Quarterback Club in Birmingham today.

Coach Malzahn was making his appearance during the Tigers off week, which he says is coming at just the right time.

“We’re a beat up team,” Malzahn said. “I think we’re in a good spot. We’ve improved each game. We’ve got the potential to improve more, so that’s real encouraging.”

Malzahn was asked about relieving play-calling duties to Rhett Lashlee and said he thought he’s done an “outstanding” job leading Auburn’s offense.

“Since that change, you can see a difference in our offense, you know, with our tempo, and just our overall moving the football. That’s real encouraging,” Malzahn said. “I have definitely been more relaxed, no doubt about that. It’s been really good for me, a new perspective, seeing the entire game and being more of a head coach.”

Malzahn was also asked about Auburn sneaking under the radar at 4-2. The Tigers jumped into the AP Top 25 this week at number 23 after their victory over Mississippi State.

“You’ve got to earn everything that you get, especially in this league,” Malzahn said. “We’re just trying to get better each week. That’s what we talked about. Very few teams in college football will get better each week, and that’s our challenge. So far, so good, but we’re at the halfway point, you’ve got to keep doing that, but I like where we’re at.”

To hear Malzahn’s thoughts on Kam Pettway, Sean White, and Auburn’s defensive improvements, check the video at the top of the page.

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