It’s not often that you shake your head at something that Nick Saban says, but his recent comments have me doing just that. During an off-week, Saban chimed in on the offense craze of college football:
“I think that the way people are going no-huddle right now, that at some point in time, we should look at how fast we allow the game to go in terms of player safety,” Saban said Wednesday on the SEC teleconference. “The team gets in the same formation group. You can’t substitute defensive players. You go on a 14-, 16- or 18-play drive and they’re snapping the ball as fast as you can go, and you look out there and all your players are walking around and can’t even get lined up. That’s when guys have a much greater chance of getting hurt … when they’re not ready to play. I think that’s something that can be looked at. It’s obviously created a tremendous advantage for the offense when teams are scoring 70 points and we’re averaging 49.5 points a game. More and more people are going to do it.
“I just think there’s got to be some sense of fairness in terms of asking: Is this what we want football to be?”
First off, you can’t fault a guy for lobbying for something that would benefit him. Clearly, rules preventing fast tempo offenses would give Alabama an advantage. Alabama has more depth on defense than most teams so being able to cycle in these guys would be more relevant for Saban.
The fairness comment at the end, however, makes me roll my eyes.
I sort of put these comments in the category of Steve Spurrier advocating for determining divisional champions based only on divisional records simply because South Carolina had a tougher schedule one year when compared to Georgia.
What do you think?