Dye-Gest: Malzahn's Right, It Is A "Joke"

College Football Hall of Fame Coach Pat Dye writes about hurry-up offenses and defending them.

I am totally fascinated and amazed that some college football coaches are trying to lobby for rules changes to slow the pace at which offenses can play the game. Only an idiot would believe their argument that they are taking a stand to try to reduce the number of injuries.

Anybody with common sense and any knowledge of football knows the real reason for the whining by these coaches. They want to slow down the game so they have more time to get their team lined up on defense.

There is nothing new about no-huddle, hurry-up offenses. Football teams have been doing it since I started playing the game in 1952 as an eighth grader. Right before the half when we were trying to get the ball down field and score quickly, or if we needed to score quickly at the end of games, we ran a no-huddle, hurry-up offense.

At SEC Media Days last week Auburn's head coach, Gus Malzahn, said when he first heard discussion of the subject he thought it was a joke. I agree with Coach Malzahn--it is a joke.

I did see where Coach (Nick) Saban at Alabama said his team was working on adjusting to the hurry-up offenses by learning to get lined up more quickly on defense. I would suggest the new guy at Arkansas (Bret Bielema) do the same thing.

Bret Bielema

The hurry-up, no-huddle offenses come in different varieties, but they have one thing in common when they are run well by good players--they are very exciting to watch. I think most fans would rather see an exciting offense than a slow, methodical style of play.

There is no question that the good hurry-up offenses complicate things for defenses and that is the reason why some coaches would like to slow them. Defensive coaches want to dictate what the offenses do. If well-coached defenses have enough time to get lined up, and also disguise their fronts and disguise their coverages, they are going to have an advantage over the offenses they face.

I cannot believe that grown men and good coaches would resort to trying to get the game slowed down for their advantage, but I guess you never know what people are willing to do as they fight for their own piece of the pie.

(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)

Editor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming. Dye writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat's Picks.

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