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Bob Stoops on up-tempo offenses: No evidence to support it’s unsafe

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Add Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops to the growing list of coaches who think the defensive substitution rule proposal is ridiculous. Stoops agrees that there is a lack of information to support the player safety angle of the proposed rule that has been on the receiving end of constant criticism since first reported.

“Bottom line, there’s no evidence to support that it’s unsafe,” Stoops told The Oklahoman on Friday.

“The offense is capable of operating without substitution, in all downs and distances,” Stoops said. “If they’re able to adjust to keep the same personnel on the field, they ought to be able to use whatever pace they want to. And the defense ought to be able to adjust.”

Stoops joins a vocal army of coaches speaking out against the proposed rule. Other coaches to speak out against the proposal include Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and Baylor’s Art Briles. Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema supports the rule, and has caught plenty of criticism for the way he has addressed it as well.

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8 Responses to “Bob Stoops on up-tempo offenses: No evidence to support it’s unsafe”
  1. gowhitten says: Feb 21, 2014 8:43 PM

    Is Nick Saban still pissed because he did not make it to the national championship game?

  2. drummerhoff says: Feb 21, 2014 9:43 PM

    This conversation started in August 2013. … If not earlier.

  3. mrtreyseven says: Feb 21, 2014 9:45 PM

    last time i checked it takes 22 people on the field before the ball says can u penalize 11 because the other 11 arent in shape enough….stupid rule Saban proposed get your boys conditioned dumb down that elaborate defense because usual if a team is running hurry up they tend to have a slim playbook

  4. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 21, 2014 10:08 PM

    Kevin Sumlin told the committee that it’s a good thing they don’t make the rules in basketball, because they would probably outlaw the fast break.

  5. louhudson23 says: Feb 22, 2014 4:08 AM

    “I’m not upset that this rule probably won’t pass, but it bothers me to no end that coaches around the country continue to say nonsense and nobody calls them on it. This rule doesn’t in any way take away the “no-huddle”, and the substitution prevention practices by modern offenses has not “always been available”, as it only appeared in 2008, when the 40-second play clock was implemented, and the referee no longer had to declare the ball ready for play.”-SoL

  6. tg1896 says: Feb 22, 2014 7:19 AM

    Loudhudson23 – this is beyond hilarious. You quote a story from the “Daily Dose of Crimson Tide”?

    What a tool. Too bad for you – your coach is a whiner and a liar. Doesn’t want to have anyone on defense that doesn’t eat HGH as a condiment on his hamburgers. Everybody has to weigh 450 lbs. and wraps it all up in his “concern” for safety. Get a clue – if it’s unsafe for the first 58 minutes – it’s unsafe for the last two.

    Saban’s skirt is showing.

  7. tipstopten says: Feb 22, 2014 11:56 AM

    Last year Stoops said SEC is over rated and in the Sugar Bowl he proved it. Pay attention to the Sooner Man.

  8. Professor Fate says: Feb 22, 2014 9:00 PM

    Maybe Saban just needs to “up-tempo” his decision making. Watch video and game-plan for what you think the opposing offense is going to do in any given situation. You still have to guess what they’re going to run, so you’re still guessing who to put on the field.

    Can’t blame Saban for looking for an time advantage to see who the personnel are on offense, but trying to frame it as a player safety matter is disingenuous.

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