Paul Finebaum has some very strong words about Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn this week.
“It looked to me like somebody told him he was on the verge of getting fired if he didn’t start talking a different language,” Finebaum said. “All of a sudden he starts playing the sympathy card? I don’t buy it, sorry.”
Malzahn is trying to turn things around after a disastrous 1-2 start to the season, and Finebaum sees that. He said a loss against LSU on Saturday would end almost all hope of a good season.
“To me it’s a critical game,” Finebaum said. “Maybe not do or die, but certainly this will set the tone for the rest of the season. I mean do the math. Without this one, it’s hard to see them doing much better than .500.”
The talk show host also questioned if Malzahn was actually ready for a job as big as Auburn.
“That (Clemson game was) probably the worst constructed game plan I’ve ever seen,” Finebaum said. “Unmitigated disaster and the blame goes to Malzahn. It makes you ask is he an offensive genius or a high school coach that’s been fortunate to make the most of his opportunities but is in over his head?”
Finebaum conceded that he doesn’t have much of a relationship with Malzahn and hasn’t gotten to talk to him much. He said of all the coaches in the SEC, “I probably know (Malzahn) the least.”