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Dana Holgorsen to hurry-up offense critics: ‘Get over it’

Dana Holgorsen AP

Nick Saban and Bret Bielema have never been shy about expressing their concern with hurry-up offenses and injuries.

Some number crunching suggests there’s nothing to be concerned about, but that hasn’t stopped Saban and Bielema from getting their message out.

Likewise, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has a message to Saban, Bielema and any other coach who questions the safety of the hurry-up: get over it.

When asked at Big 12 Media Days about uptempo offenses, Holgorsen said he felt they were a part of the future of the game.

I’d tell ‘em to get over it, because it’s not going to change. It’s going into the NFL, for crying out loud,” Holgorsen said. “There’s people being hired in the NFL that have the background in college football to be able to create a little bit more parity.

“Don’t see it changing any time soon, so you’d better learn to adapt to it.”

As a reminder, Alabama and West Virginia open the 2014 season against one another. So, Saban, you officially have a little over 12 months to “adapt” to Holgorsen’s scheme.

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15 Responses to “Dana Holgorsen to hurry-up offense critics: ‘Get over it’”
  1. indywvu says: Jul 23, 2013 9:05 PM

    So glad to have Dana as our coach. Not sure how long it will last, though.

  2. charles130 says: Jul 23, 2013 9:16 PM

    I’m sure Saban is real worried.

    He won’t even attempt one pass. Bama will run 86 times for 612 yards and possess the ball for 52 minutes.

  3. drummerhoff says: Jul 23, 2013 9:49 PM

    Sound to me like Saban and Bielema are both control freaks. The uptempo doesn’t allow these control freaks to make decisions from the sidelines and the game cant be managed from play to play.
    As for 12 months to “adapt” to Holgorsen’s scheme, you should edit the article to — another 12 months to adapt to Holgorsen’s scheme — since A&M’s offense already beat Saban and we all know who taught Sumlin to love the spread when he hired Holgorsen at Houston.

  4. irishdodger says: Jul 23, 2013 10:09 PM

    Alabama will demolish WVU regardless of tempo. Bielema on the other hand has a long way to go before he has the credibility of Saban so he should probably save his comments for when/if he wins a NC.

  5. tmb333 says: Jul 23, 2013 10:13 PM

    A coaches job is to win games. If that means grinding it out running the ball and using the play clock to shorten the number of plays during a game, then that is what they should do. Saban can be a control freak. His neck is on the line and he has won national championships, which means he is doing something correct.

    The up tempo style also keeps teams in the game. I have seen teams up 14 points and use 45 seconds of game time up during a possession by not huddling and passing the ball. This allows the other team to stay in the game.

    The object of the game is to win. If it is 2-0, a win is a win. It may not be pretty for the fans but so be it.

  6. spreadthecheese says: Jul 23, 2013 10:23 PM

    Saban and Bielema just got shushed by the Skullet.

  7. vmannj says: Jul 24, 2013 12:02 AM

    Hurry-up offense: if Nick Saban didn’t invent it, then Nick Saban thinks it’s a bad idea.

  8. bertenheim says: Jul 24, 2013 9:54 AM

    I’m trying to remember how many championships Ore, A&M, WVA, OK St, OU, Clem and Baylor have.

  9. Walk says: Jul 24, 2013 11:25 AM

    Teams like bama have several strings of players roughly equal in talent if not experience. The tide will switch players almost every time they can. It is a huge advantage that a lot of the larger schools have. Some of the smaller schools suffer when the third string is in the game but can play as well as most while their first or second string is in action. The hurry up offense is a good way to make up for a lack of depth beyond first team players.

  10. bertenheim says: Jul 24, 2013 12:37 PM

    Great non sequitur, Walk. AQ teams aren’t hurting for recruits.

  11. gobama22 says: Jul 24, 2013 1:14 PM

    This article is incorrect..Bama does not
    play WV but Va Tech

  12. Ben Kercheval says: Jul 24, 2013 1:25 PM

    This article is incorrect..Bama does not
    play WV but Va Tech

    —————

    Yeah… in about five weeks. Alabama plays WVU to open up the 2014 season.

  13. MasMacho says: Jul 24, 2013 2:38 PM

    Fans in Alabama are decidedly against any playing style that prohibits them from grabbing another sausage between plays. I can understand. Barely have time to spread the bun open before the next play starts.

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 24, 2013 3:44 PM

    MasMacho says:
    Jul 24, 2013 2:38 PM
    Fans in Alabama are decidedly against any playing style that prohibits them from grabbing another sausage between plays. I can understand. Barely have time to spread the bun open before the next play starts.
    _______________________

    Fans in Alabama are decidedly against any playing style that doesn’t win titles….

    How many does Bama have?

    How many do the speed freaks have?

    (This is hard to say too as a fan of one of the schools that run the speed freak offense)

  15. mountaineer50415 says: Jul 24, 2013 8:22 PM

    I do not think anyone should tell Saban how to play football. He seems to do real well at what he does. However, different strokes for different folks. I love to watch an up tempo ball game. It is a lot of fun to watch people like Tavon run like a jack rabbit. However, I love seeing really large running backs take out defenses for 20 yards at a clip also.
    No one expects Saban to change. But he can not expect Holgersen, Stoops, or anyone else to change to his ways either.
    Looking forward to the coming season. LETS PLAY SOME FOOTBALL. LETS GOOOOO MOUNTAINEERS. and ROLL TIDE

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