Nick Saban made some news last year in his complaints about the no-huddle, up-tempo offense, and Bret Bielema said he had his back earlier this year. Saban referenced how it would lead to more injuries as players are playing more plays each game.
Kliff Kingsbury recently chimed in on the subject to the Associated Press.
“I would have to see some scientific or statistical information showing an increase in injuries, because to me right now it’s just talk,” Kingsbury told The Associated Press in an interview at a Manhattan hotel. “You want me to play slower, well, OK, you need to get smaller, less strong defensive linemen. To me, it’s asking to do that.
“Stop recruiting these beasts up front and we won’t run as many plays.”
Kingsbury is right of course. Saban doesn’t like the no-huddle offense because it’s run in response to his dominant defenses. The fast tempo offense was riding high in 2012. It played a role in the Aggies knocking off the Tide, and it also was a primary factor for teams like Clemson against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Personally, I love the mix of styles from Kingsbury to Saban as it makes college football even more interesting.