Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban took a little time out on the weekly SEC Teleconference to give college football yet another piece of his mind. You see Saban has developed what one could call a fair amount of disdain for all of this scoring and up-tempo style of football. Saban hangs his hat on defense and a 70-63 game would only please him if it were the Crimson Tide basketball team playing. Here’s what he had to say about what seems to be the newest trend in 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." "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?"
I would be very interested to hear what the likes of Dana Holgorson and Chip Kelly have to say about Saban's slow down plan.