Yesterday, Nick Saban made a comment about the no huddle that created quite a buzz.
During yesterday's SEC teleconference, Saban noted that the no huddle needs to be looked at, stating "We should look at how fast we allow the game to go in terms of player safety."
Saban explained that when no huddle teams are pushing the tempo and putting together extended drives, the defense doesn't have a chance to get lined up and there's a much higher chance of getting hurt.
"I just think there's got to be some sense of fairness in terms of asking is this what we want football to be?" Saban added.
So later on during the day, no huddle proponents Urban Meyer and Hugh Freeze weighed in on Saban's comments. Urban explained that he thinks that the no huddle is great for college football and all of the different personalities in coaching.
"I think it’s great for the game. There are so many different personalities in college football, and I’ve had guys on my staff who either played in the pros or coached in the pros, and the one thing about NFL football, I’m obviously not an expert because I don’t get to see it that much, but you don’t see the multitude of different offenses that you see in college. You can go from wishbone, spread-option to throwing it 50 times a game to pro style."
"I love it, because I love watching it. I love getting that film and using other people’s ideas, so I think it’s great for college football."
Hugh Freeze, who played Alabama last weekend and lost 33-14 (the 14 points is double what Alabama's scoring defense normally gives up per game), had a more humorous take on the tempo advantage that Saban described.
“I think we’re going to get hurt because they’re so big and physical. Obviously I’m for it. I think it’s an equalizer and it’s something I believe in. I have great respect for Nick and what he says but of course we’re going to be on opposite sides of this debate.”
The bottom line here is that the game is always evolving, and coaches at every level will always be looking for a new wrinkle to give their guys an advantage. Seeing teams like Oregon or Oklahoma State break a huddle now would just look silly anyway.