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Malzahn’s Goal: Auburn be the Fastest Team in College Football

By on July 19th, 2013 in Football 9 Comments »

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.”

Do you think fast paced offenses create a safety hazard for defensive players?

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  1. idnod idnod says:

    Obviously, either Bielema or Saban reads this blog and voted.

  2. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……Defenses work really hard on leverage, angles and such. They have to line up based on what the offense shows, to an extent. Offensive players can’t move around, so they just go to a spot. All the hurry-up does is equalize things, not really give the offense an advantage. Used to be that the defense had the advantage, because they could be moving at the snap. Except for one motion man, the offense can’t.

  3. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    The clock stops to move the chains after each first down…. Ample time to substitute if the defensive coach is anticipating the need. If he’s not maybe he’s not all that concerned about his players safety. Biliema is a clown and this isn’t his first demonstration of whiney-ass behavior… Remember the crying over Meyer breaking a supposed Big?# “gentleman’s agreement” on not recruiting another teams verbal commitments? Biliema needs to shut up and coach his team.

  4. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    Not necessarily it’s main purpose for existing but different offensive styles allows you to recruit differently to get a different type of athlete that 90% of the country doesn’t care about. Case in point: GT. Because of their educational requirements, they have chosen to get a coach who runs the option and therefore he can recruit smaller more mobile linemen and quicker, non passing style QBs. So GT can go get the best option players in the country and play relevant football. And ACC teams have to be aware that this type offense can beat you on any given Saturday.

    Same with the HUNH, we now have access to a different type of recruit that other pro style systems pass up. HS kids love the fact that they will get the ball in open spaces and more chances to get into the end zone on any given play. I put the HUNH in the same classification with the Option and Pro-Style…

    Bielema, do what uga does and schedule an fbs school who runs the option offense before their game so you can prepare… Condition your team and coaches better and shut up!

  5. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    Reminds me of Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson who when briefed on the potential of submarines in 1901 declared them ‘underhanded, unfair and damned un-English!’

    In Sir Arthur’s defense, he quickly changed his mind and became a proponent of them as they became incorporated into the Royal Navy and his advice on how to fight them was invaluable to the First Lord of the Admiralty in WWI – one Winston Churchill.

    Hopefully Coach Beilema never catches on in the same way, and continues to rage against the dying of the light.

  6. audude audude says:

    Hey Coach B:

    Where’s the data to back up your claims? Where is the data that shows defensive players get injured more when they are playing against the HUNH offensives? Where is the data that shows that offensive players get hurt more often when the fresh defensive players get the better angle and “blow them up”?

    Let’s go Beilema, support your need for a rules change with data instead of innuendo.

  7. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    If they can’t keep up maybe they should call timeout. Each team is issued three. Defense can use them as well as offense. Or maybe they could improve their team conditioning.

  8. DBAU81 says:

    Phillip Marshall has an excellent analysis of this issue on As he points out, the rules already state that if the offense makes a substitution, then the defense must be allowed time to do so as well. So, the issue about alleged fatigue and player safety is just a smokescreen for Bielema’s and Saban’s real concern: the HUNH doesn’t give them time to match their defensive personnel to the offensive players.

    Screw those crybabies and let’s play some ball.

  9. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    I hope some one has told Bielema to nut up.