No huddle coaches weigh in on the new NCAA rules proposal
The newly proposed rule change to allow defenses 10 seconds to sub after every snap really struck a chord with a lot of coaches, especially within the no huddle coaching community, last night.
Rich Rodriguez took to Twitter to vent some of his frustration, and to be honest, I have to agree with everything that he put out there.
So I hear the football rules committee wants to slow the game down and make you wait ten seconds to snap--and penalty is delay of game!#wow— Rich Rodriguez (@CoachRodAZ) February 12, 2014
When you snap the ball has always been a fundamental edge for the offense- what's next-- 3 downs like Canada?#LetsGetBoring— Rich Rodriguez (@CoachRodAZ) February 12, 2014
Fundamental advantage for defense- pre snap movement- maybe that should be reviewed? #WhoMakesTheseRules— Rich Rodriguez (@CoachRodAZ) February 12, 2014
None of the coaches I've talked to knew about the new rule proposal regarding waiting ten seconds to snap the ball --wondering#HiddenAgenda?— Rich Rodriguez (@CoachRodAZ) February 13, 2014
Rodriguez and Hugh Freeze both added that if it is infact a safety issue, show coaches some data to support it. And if that is the case, Rodriguez makes the case that no huddle teams should be getting hurt more in practice? That's obviously not the case.
Mike Leach also brought up a good point in an ESPN article published last night, saying that football has always been a game of creativity and strategy, and the best coaches throughout history have always found a way to adjust.
"First off, I doubt it will pass, second, it’s ridiculous. All this tinkering is ridiculous." Leach explained.
"I think it deteriorates the game. It’s always been a game of creativity and strategy. So anytime someone doesn’t want to go back to the drawing board or re-work their solutions to problems, then what they do is to beg for a rule. I think it’s disgusting.”
Then, Leach provided a suggestion for coaches who are in favor of the rule change.
“My suggestion is rather than spending a bunch of time coming up with a bunch of really stupid rules, spend that time coaching harder. Worry about your own team and try to make your product better rather than trying to change the game so you don’t have to do anything.”
This will be a hot button topic all offseason, and considering the widespread impact it could have on the game, we'll continue to keep you updated on the various stances and opinions. As it sits right now, I'm standing firmly behind Rich Rod, Leach and the rest of the no huddle community and don't see that changing.
A lot more quality content on the subject from Rich Rod, Freeze, Leach (and others) in ESPN's column, which can be read here, and we've included a few more quotes from coaches on the subject below.
The only thing risking injury in an up tempo football game is the defense's pride! Nut up, it's football!— Bob Stitt (@CoachBobStitt) February 13, 2014
Baylor's Art Briles on the proposed rule change to limit hurry-up: "If the food tastes good, don't change the recipe."— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) February 12, 2014
We got pulled over shortly after and was issued a delay of game for going to fast..#Tempo— Chad Morris (@coachchadmorris) February 13, 2014