Malzahn responded to those claims while speaking to reporters today.“I’d say this: I’ve been in the league 10 years and we’ve been pretty successful offensively,” he said. “Last year was a tough year. We were very inexperienced, we had some growing pains, but I feel really good about our offense moving forward. Really excited about the future.”The 2018 season was a tough one for Auburn, as the Tigers went 8-5 and struggled at times on offense.The 2019 season is a big one for Malzahn, who will need to surpass or at least meet expectations.Auburn opens its 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Oregon. AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 15: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the LSU Tigers on September 15, 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A former NFL general manager had some brash words about a major college football program and its head coach.Mike Lombardi, a longtime NFL executive and a current football analyst, recently trashed Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and the Tigers’ offense when it comes to developing quarterbacks.“That offense at Auburn, I’m not sure what the hell it is,” Lombardi said, according to Saturday Down South. “They run power, they run unbalanced. … But anyway, that offense, seriously, might be one of the worst offenses in football, so you can’t evaluate a quarterback in it or they can’t train a quarterback, that’s the other thing. (Gus Malzahn) can’t train them.”Lombardi’s former NFL team, the New England Patriots, took Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham in the 2019 NFL Draft.