Chip Lindsey’s sideline presence ‘valuable’ for Jarrett Stidham, Auburn football

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AUBURN, Ala. — Jarrett Stidham doesn’t know what it’s like to go to the Auburn football sideline, pick up the phone and talk to an offensive coordinator who’s sitting in a booth.

That’s not how the quarterback did things during his freshman year at Baylor and it’s not how he’s going to do things in his first season at Auburn, either. When Stidham jogs off the field after his first drive with the Tigers, Chip Lindsey will be standing just a few feet away.

“I think it’s really valuable,” Stidham said. “I’m excited that he’s going to be on the sidelines with us. I’ll be able to actually talk to him face-to-face about what I’m seeing, what I’m doing and ask him questions right there so he can explain whatever it is to me. I think it’s going to be great.”

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At previous stops Lindsey has sat in a booth and been on the field. He’s comfortable with both places, but sees the importance of being able to look Stidham “in the eye” and gage his in-game reactions. It’ll be easier for Auburn’s first-year coordinator to work out any kinks.

“I think that’s a huge advantage to be able to do that,” Lindsey said. “The reason is is every staff is different. Every staff, the makeup is different, so I think for us it’s the best scenario for me to be there and for me to be able to communicate with the quarterbacks on the sideline. And really to run the offense as a unit, you know?”

Lindsey’s also well-versed in the situations that may arise — especially early in the season. There’s been times where he’s drawn up a play or thought a concept was good against a particular type of coverage only to discover his quarterback doesn’t feel comfortable with it.

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“Maybe it’s because he hadn’t done it a lot or maybe it’s because his arm talent or whatever the case may be,” Lindsey said. “Each quarterback is different. But I think it’s important as a coordinator to run what the guy feels really good at that fits.”

Stidham and Lindsey’s relationship will likely be based on what the starter sees rather than his uneasiness.

“The most important thing is he knows where to go with the ball in every situation, you know, versus every look we might see,” Lindsey said. “I think it’s extremely important.”

The communication has already helped Lindsey and Stidham grow closer, but it’s only going to strengthen their relationship, and therefore Auburn’s offense, in the months to come.

“Yeah, Coach Lindsey, he’s been great about that. He’s really open to my ideas and that kind of thing,” Stidham said. “We’re able to kind of converse, back and forth, and kind of pick each others’ brains a little bit. So it’s good. I like that about him. It’s something that I look forward to going into meetings every day.

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