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Bielema joins Saban in the anti-uptempo offense club

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Last year, Alabama coach Nick Saban asked if the no-huddle offense was “what we want football to be” specifically in regards to player safety.

He has a supporter in Arkansas coach Bret Bielema. Speaking during SEC spring meetings, Bielema also cited player safety as a counter to the hurry-up, ho-huddle and recommended a 15-second substitution period after every first down.

From al.com’s piece on uptempo  offenses in the SEC:

“Not to get on the coattails of some of the other coaches, there is a lot of truth that the way offensive philosophies are driven now, there’s times where you can’t get a defensive substitution in for 8, 10, 12 play drives,” Bielema said. “That has an effect on safety of that student-athlete, especially the bigger defensive linemen, that is really real.”

For what it’s worth, Bielema is a member of the Playing Rules Oversight Panel and he’s not the only coach who feels the way he does. Not coincidentally, the hurry-up, no-huddle presence has grown in the SEC over the past year or so with Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Auburn all running their version of it.

“Offensive players are playing, too, the same number of snaps,” Rebels coach Hugh Freeze said from the same al.com article. “Are they in danger also? I mean, offensive players get hurt, too, and if we don’t substitute, they’re having to play the same number of plays.”

Yeah, don’t expect the hurry-up to slow down any time soon.

In fact, Auburn’s defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson used to be quite vocal in his opposition to hurry-up offenses. Now that he’s working under Gus Malzahn? He thinks his defense can handle it. Go figure.

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31 Responses to “Bielema joins Saban in the anti-uptempo offense club”
  1. thraiderskin says: Jun 19, 2013 8:11 PM

    Yeah, the difference… Saban doesn’t like it, Bielema doesn’t understand how to use it.

  2. 11thstreetmafia says: Jun 19, 2013 8:44 PM

    In other words, it works.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Jun 19, 2013 8:53 PM

    Come on Coach, join the new millennium. Get with it or get out.

  4. BrownsTown says: Jun 19, 2013 9:05 PM

    Can Bielema really hold dual membership in that and the anti-salad club? Are there rules against that sort of thing?

  5. indywvu says: Jun 19, 2013 9:21 PM

    Sounds to me like “we play football this way, so everyone should.”

    They’re entitled to their opinions and I’m entitled to call them whining crybabies.

  6. cometkazie says: Jun 19, 2013 9:53 PM

    The no huddle offense is fun to watch.

    Come up with some schemes to stop it, coach.

  7. mancave001 says: Jun 19, 2013 10:00 PM

    Wussification Continues….

  8. 4thqtrsaint says: Jun 19, 2013 10:02 PM

    All I know it, everytime the team or the coach gets brought up, they use that picture. Its at least the 3rd time I’m sure of.

  9. jackrabbitz says: Jun 19, 2013 10:05 PM

    Looks like he’s soiling himself.

  10. uwsptke says: Jun 19, 2013 10:13 PM

    I, for one, am absolutely shocked to learn that defensive-minded coaches don’t like the no-huddle offense.

  11. overratedgators says: Jun 20, 2013 12:08 AM

    In other words, Saban’s come up against an offense his system can’t always stop (see, e.g., Aggies), and he’s panicking.

    Pussy.

  12. louhudson23 says: Jun 20, 2013 3:15 AM

    They should shorten the field,put a hockey fence around it,and allow forward motion ….we could see some real scoring football then……in fact,why even put the defense out there…they are the most significant hindrance to seeing repeated long scoring plays…….just make the offense line up at the twenty and not allow passes under 50 yards….first one to 200 wins…..yaaayyyy offense!!!!!!!

  13. thegamecocker says: Jun 20, 2013 8:08 AM

    LSU beat the Oregon Ducks in Dallas. LSU has a traditional offensive set. Oregon uses the uptempo. I rest my case.

  14. cometkazie says: Jun 20, 2013 8:18 AM

    overratedgators says:
    Jun 20, 2013 12:08 AM
    In other words, Saban’s come up against an offense his system can’t always stop (see, e.g., Aggies), and he’s panicking.
    +-+-+

    Maybe they should do away with unlimited substitutions.

    thegamecocker says:
    Jun 20, 2013 8:08 AM
    LSU beat the Oregon Ducks in Dallas. LSU has a traditional offensive set. Oregon uses the uptempo. I rest my case.
    +-+-+

    Bingo!

  15. imaduffer says: Jun 20, 2013 9:42 AM

    So, you are down a point with 14 seconds on the clock and you can’t run a play and you have no time outs. You lose!

  16. bertenheim says: Jun 20, 2013 10:05 AM

    There should be a separate division for teams that want to play arena football.

  17. dkhhuey says: Jun 20, 2013 10:46 AM

    Ah Bret – going to miss that stupid ‘deer in the headlights’ look on your bulbous face while getting slapped down by Urban. Here’s a hint Bret – put down the pizza and study up a bit more. That way, you may be able to stop the no huddle on the field instead of trying to get rules to stop it.

  18. cometkazie says: Jun 20, 2013 11:07 AM

    We need to look at who is making most of the noise about this and react correspondingly.

    Each team has eleven men on the field, right? So things are more or less equal.

    Get used to it.

  19. noaxetogrind says: Jun 20, 2013 12:01 PM

    Disappointing to see these two use the “player safety” card. There isn’t a shred of empirical evidence to support that up tempo games have more injuries. Both of those coaches use very traditional down hill run games with play action out of primarily 21 & 11 personnel as the basis for their offenses so the up tempo doesn’t offer them much. Additionally, they hate the fact that they can’t match personnel changes by the offense as easily in the up tempo. I think it is fine to say you don’t like something. I just don’t appreciate the disingenuos nature of trying to tie it to player safety in the hopes of getting some support. If your DL gets too tired in the no huddle type of game, make a strategic recruiting decison on who you need to beat in your conference and recruit a smaller, faster type of DL.

  20. MasMacho says: Jun 20, 2013 12:10 PM

    I would prefer that Bielma accomplish something in his new role rather than coat tailing on Nicky.

  21. normtide says: Jun 20, 2013 8:35 PM

    Overratedgators, you do know Saban has won three titles in four years, right? I don’t think he is looking for a way to win, it seems he already found it.

  22. suprmous says: Jun 22, 2013 10:17 PM

    gamecocker, you should have your neck hugged for your positive statement bout LSU. Bless you Child, Ok normtide I know, mous opens her mouth when it needs to be shut,hahaha. And yes cometkazie, I know you’re agreein with normtide. Guys, I’m tryin not to be too big of a pain in the ass this year; seriously,

  23. normtide says: Jun 22, 2013 10:26 PM

    Super, I don’t have to always agree with you to like you. The world has too many drones these days. We just got to make it through a long hot summer, then get rewarded with some football!

  24. cometkazie says: Jun 22, 2013 10:45 PM

    normtide says:
    Jun 22, 2013 10:26 PM
    Super, I don’t have to always agree with you to like you. The world has too many drones these days. We just got to make it through a long hot summer, then get rewarded with some football!
    +-+-+

    Amen!

    I wish all y’all the best for the rest of the summer!

  25. thegamecocker says: Jun 22, 2013 11:40 PM

    @supermous

    The pleasure was all mine! Really, the analysis was quite simple: neutral site / two different offenses / LSU wins going away. Great defense beats uptempo offense. And that’s that.

  26. normtide says: Jun 22, 2013 11:52 PM

    True gamecocker. In fact, fast tempo offenses are usually used to make up for a lack of talent. For all the numbers Oregon’s offense puts up, how many pro players has that offense produced? Auburn had a middle of the pack SEC defense when they held Oregon in check in their title game. Stanford shut Oregon down.

    Fast paced offenses don’t work when they don’t get first downs, it only hurts their own defense. To each his own, but I prefer an offense that can impose it’s will, wear down a defense.

  27. thegamecocker says: Jun 23, 2013 7:47 AM

    Normtide. Agree….and good examples cited. Rather have consistent balanced offense with skilled lineman. Games won in the 4th Qtr usually occur b/c O-line and RB’s wear down the D.

  28. cometkazie says: Jun 23, 2013 8:40 AM

    I believe defensive linemen expend more energy during a game than offensive linemen. It goes with the territory.

  29. suprmous says: Jun 23, 2013 10:45 PM

    cometkazie, gamcocker, and normtide, thanks Gentlemen for makin an ole lady feel like somebody rather than a nobody right now. You 3 along with a few more we know have been nice and I promise here and now like I said earlier I’m tryin my best to be less of a pain in the ass aroun here. Bless each and every one of you. And may your respective teams that you are a fan of have a successful season and may you be blessed with good luck in the followin days, da Mous

  30. cometkazie says: Jun 24, 2013 7:47 AM

    You bet and the same to you!

  31. thegamecocker says: Jun 24, 2013 9:26 AM

    @supermous

    Honestly, I enjoy communicating with fine people like you. The pleasure is all mine. Keep posting!

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