While many coaches and experts are scrambling to find scientific evidence to either support or criticize up tempo offenses, Nick Saban has something else on his side. Logic.
"The fastball guys (up-tempo coaches) say there's no data out there, and I guess you have to use some logic." Saban told ESPN.
"What's the logic? If you smoke one cigarette, do you have the same chances of getting cancer if you smoke 20? I guess there's no study that specifically says that. But logically, we would say, 'Yeah, there probably is.'"
Dr. Julian Bailes, the chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, somewhat agrees with that sentiment. Bailes has served as a consultant for the NFL Players association and advisor the NCAA during his 30 years around football.
"If you play more snaps, you're going to have more exposure. I think that's a fact. It bears very serious consideration on whether the game should be slowed down or have fewer plays, if you believe exposure equals injury risk or player safety."
"We know if you play another 20 to 25 snaps a game, you're going to have more exposure to all injuries, and you're going to have more potential for concussions, and you're going to have more blows to the head, whether they call them concussions or not." Dr. Bailes noted.
There's a lot more on both stances to the controversial topic in the ESPN piece, but the one study that I keep going back to (from College Football Matrix) every time I read something like this does have scientific evidence that directly contradicts Saban's "logic". Read that study here, and then consider "logic".