Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has always been on the record as opposed to the proliferation of up-tempo offenses in college football. In an interview with ESPN.com on Thursday, however, Saban revealed that he may move the team (albeit begrudgingly) toward a more fast-paced style of play.
It’s something we’re going to look at. I think we’ll have to. I think we need to play faster and will have to do more of that going forward. The only reason we haven’t done more of it to this point is that our guys seem to play better when we don’t [go fast] just because it’s been our style and we’ve had reasonably good success moving the ball and running the ball.
Saban went on to say that he believes over 80% of colleges will be running up-tempo offenses within the next five years “unless they do something to slow them down, which they should” (“they” being, perhaps, an NCAA rules committee or some other governing entity). While that is not exactly a ringing endorsement of the no-huddle style of play, it does sound like Saban’s seen the writing on the wall and knows he has to adapt. And, really, the idea of a team as loaded with NFL talent as Alabama running an offense similar to Oregon is damn terrifying.