Ole Miss Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze was asked today about his stance regarding the proliferation of up-tempo offenses, a trend that Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban denounced as “unsafe” and “unfair” last season. Freeze, whose Rebels ran 962 total plays last year and about 10 more plays per game than the Crimson Tide, said that up-tempo offenses don’t pose any threat to the game of football, decrying the idea that such a system puts defensive players at risk of injury.
The issue first arose last season, when it appeared that Nick Saban’s team would likely face the high-octane Oregon Ducks for the national championship (before the Ducks suffered an excruciating at-home loss to Standford).
[The no-huddle]‘s obviously created a tremendous advantage for the offense when teams are scoring 70 points and we’re averaging 49.5 points a game. With people that do those kinds of things, 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?’
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-, 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.
Alabama and Ole Miss meet on September 28th this upcoming season.
[Source: CBS Sports]