Wednesday afternoon at SEC Media Days, Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn made a point to defend his Hurry-Up-No Huddle offense. In fact, Malzahn, one of the nations’ earliest architects of fast paced football made several points.
I think everyone that keeps up with the debate started by Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema over the lack of safety of the HUNH is aware that Malzahn’s response to that notion was, “When I first heard that, to be honest with you, I thought it was a joke.”
Gus made a simple but great rebuttal to Bielema’s whinnying when he followed the “joke” line with,
“As far as health or safety issues, that’s like saying the defense shouldn’t blitz after a first down because they’re a little fatigued and there’s liable to be a big collision in the backfield.” – Touché Coach!
While not openly declaring that Auburn will be the fastest offense in the nation, Malzahn said his goal is to play faster than anybody in college football.
That’s the real gripe for Bielema. How does he keep up with an Auburn, an Ole Miss, or a Texas A&M.
Everyone knows, whether they are willing to admit it or not, that Bielema’s problem with fast paced offenses has more to do with his not being able to substitute on defense than it does safety of the players.
He sees it as an unfair advantage. That’s why he has made a proposal to the NCAA to change the rules slowing down the HUHN, so his job will be easier.
Safety coach? Sorry, that dog just don’t hunt.
If Bielema and others are so concerned about the defensive players getting hurt, why don’t we hear them expressing concern about the offensive players safety? After all the offensive players are on the field just as long as their opposing defenders.
The coaches that are against the HUNH quite simply see it as an unfair advantage for the offense. That’s what all the hoop la is really about. Frankly I would have more respect for their case if guys like Bielema and Nick Saban would just be honest about it instead of wrapping their complaints in the cloak of “player safety.”
The situation is reminiscent of the complaints leveled against Florida’s ‘Fun and Gun’ passing attack that dominated the SEC during the nineties. Then Florida Coach Steve Spurrier’s response to the charges of “unfair” was, “My job is to score points, your job is to stop me.”
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