As legend has it, the rise of offenses utilizing a hurry up for an entire game began in the late 80's with Sam Wyche and the Bengals after realizing how teams seemed to have so much success during two-minute drills late in games and at the end of the first half. That hurry up approach evolved into a no huddle approach that has been adopted by countless teams now at the youth, high school and college levels.
Stretching back to its beginnings, going with an uptempo approach was designed to catch opponents misaligned, and while the strategy has evolved greatly over time to welcome a bunch of new and creative offensive schemes, it would be hard to argue against that basic premise of the offense.
But does embracing tempo mean that you have to sacrifice in other areas, like say for example, fundamentals?
North Dakota State head coach Matt Entz, whose team loves huddling and uses multiple tight end sets complete with a fullback, seems to believe so.
With his team set to take on an uptempo South Dakota team with a freshman quarterback this weekend, Entz, who spent five seasons as the team's defensive coordinator before being promoted to the head coaching spot, provided a glimpse into how he sees no huddle offenses.
"My thoughts, and they could certainly be wrong, is that teams that go no-huddle aren't looking to beat you fundamentally, they're looking for you to beat yourself by getting misaligned.
"Leaving someone uncovered, or the panic and stress of getting back to the line of scrimmage causes you to create errors that lead to successful plays."
Entz goes on to explain the types of things that they'll have to do to be buttoned up fundamentally against an approach like South Dakota's, adding that he believes they have a great system to deal with those type of offenses.
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