August 28th, 2013 12:00 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama Nick Saban, Arkansas Bret Bielema, Auburn Gus Malzahn, NCAA
There are those who believe — Alabama’s Nick Saban, Arkansas’ Bret Bielema — that hurry-up offenses are more dangerous for athletes. In their view, more injuries occur when players are winded, therefore, no-huddle, up-tempo attacks should be slowed down a bit.
There are others who believe — Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze — that those complaints make no sense as offensive players are having to move just as quickly and exert just as much energy as their defensive counterparts.
You can add another of the league’s hurry-up proponents to the list of people who think defensive-minded coaches need to get over it. Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin had this to say when discussing his offensive philosophy last night:
“(We) want to put some pressure on defenses and maybe change their philosophies on what they’re doing and keep them in certain packages. When you have flexibility offensively that helps you keep some personnel on the field.
Obviously, some people have complained about us not substituting and going real fast… that’s created some issues in this league all of the sudden. (But) everybody should be in shape and be good enough to play.”
At MrSEC.com, we’ve stated on multiple occasions that this argument will continue until the NCAA commissions a study that compares the number of injuries to the average number of seconds between plays run.
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