Love it when sports writers refer to it as “basketball on grass” its called crossing the endzone. There is no right or wrong way to do it.
Ole Miss currently ranks fourth in the SEC in total offense (490 yards per game) and second in the league in terms of seconds-per-offensive-snap. Freeze believes his hurry-up offense is a big reason for the Rebels’ offensive totals and their victories to date:
“I think more people are seeing that can be advantageous to you. You’re getting more plays, which results in more first downs, which results in more yards and more touchdowns… The offensive world has changed. Somebody told me yesterday on my radio show I think we’re averaging right at 500 yards a game and I think we’re 30th in the nation. Five, six year ago, you’re go to be in the top five with that…
I do believe firmly that if you have the best offensive line in the country and the best backs and the best defense, I don’t know that this is the best answer for you. But if you don’t feel like you’re in a place where you’re always going to have that, I do think it’s a great equalizer… I think it makes it harder to prepare for us, because you really have to carry a smaller (defensive) package, I think.”
For those who like fast-break style “basketball on grass,” the future looks bright. With more teams going up-tempo scoring will likely continue to go up. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing for the SEC — a league that’s succeeded nationally by playing superior defense — remains an awfully big question.