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    Link "Gus Malzahn hires Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator"

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    "Johnson has a long SEC resume as a defensive coordinator. Johnson, 62, served as Alabama's defensive coordinator from 1997-2000, worked at Mississippi State from 2004-2007 and led South Carolina's defense from 2008 to 2011, turning the Gamecocks into one of the country's most effective units."

    "Johnson, who will reportedly make $800,000 per year according to AuburnUndercover.com, was fired as the Southern Miss head coach after a disastrous first year in Hattiesburg that dropped the Golden Eagles from 12-2 in 2011 to 0-12 in 2012."
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    Re: "Gus Malzahn hires Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator"

    Johnson is a good coach if he has talented players to work with.

    The biggest challenge Auburn is going to face is finding quality recruits on the defensive side of the ball with teams like UA, LSU, UF, and UGA getting the best players from their respective states.
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    Re: "Gus Malzahn hires Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator"

    I hope he gives Gus a lot of advice on how to coach a team.

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    Re: "Gus Malzahn hires Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator"

    I think Ellis Johnson has proven that he can build as solid of a defensive unit as (almost) anyone in the SEC. I am very curious to see how this plays out.

    EJ's success/failure at Auburn will be one of the best indicators that we've had for finding an answer to the question, "Is it possible to have a statistically dominant defense coupled with a Hurry-Up, No-Huddle offensive philosophy?"

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    Re: "Gus Malzahn hires Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator"

    Ellis Johnson is a good fit in theory...they'll need to recruit some difference makers at DE to make his system work.

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    Re: "Gus Malzahn hires Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator"

    well as DC @ Bama from 97-2000, the tide averaged 6 wins per year and lost both bowl games...

    so I would take that with his tenure at AU!

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    Re: "Gus Malzahn hires Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator"

    Terrible hire, although his USCe defense did hold Mark Ingram to 246 yards rushing in the 2009 game. He will last 1-2 years; am no fan of Johnson whose only claim to fame is he is a close friend of Dubose.
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    Re: "Gus Malzahn hires Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator"

    oh and a 17-40 overall record as an HC..another thing to wish upon the Barn

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    Re: "Gus Malzahn hires Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator"

    I'm just disappointed we can't make any more pornstache jokes.

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    Re: "Gus Malzahn hires Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator"

    good defensive coach and after that disastrous year at USM won't be looked at for a HC job again so probably a good fit for the barners

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    Re: "Gus Malzahn hires Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator"

    I believe Ellis has the taste of a head coach now and I am not sure if he will be the same DC that he was when younger and hungrier at Bama. He is sort of a journeyman retread these days and bombed at Citadel and SM as a HC nad has been only a decent DC in between. This is good new for us.

    Not doubt that Ellis was in the pocket along with Gus. Both of these hires are underwhelming. How would you feel if we just hired these two?

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    Re: "Gus Malzahn hires Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator"

    Quote Originally Posted by GrayTide View Post
    Terrible hire, although his USCe defense did hold Mark Ingram to 246 yards rushing in the 2009 game. He will last 1-2 years; am no fan of Johnson whose only claim to fame is he is a close friend of Dubose.
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    Re: "Gus Malzahn hires Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator"

    Hey, Mark Ingram could have easily ran for 250 yards if not for his adjustments.

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