Last weekend the nation saw Georgia and Tennessee combine to score 95 points and rack up 1,038 yards of offense. Quite the anti-SEC outcome, if you ask anyone.
But on the SEC Coaches Teleconference Wednesday morning, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said that he was not surprised to see such a high scoring game despite the league being known for its stout defenses.
“There have always been good offensive teams in our league,” he said. “I think people that have really good quarterbacks and skill players and can make plays in the passing game, you know when they get hot, they certainly can score quickly and make a lot of big plays and I think there’s always been teams in our league that can score points.
“There’s always been teams in our league that can play very well on defense, but you know, some days even good defenses get exposed a little bit.”
Over the weekend, Alabama faced its biggest challenge of the season in Ole Miss’ uptempo, no-huddle offense. The Tide beat the Rebels 33-14, but after the game Saban openly admitted that the pace of the game put his defense in tough spots.
“We weren’t ready to play when they hit the first big touchdown on their first drive,” Saban said. “Guys were still looking at the bench trying to get a signal.”
No-huddle offenses have grown more popular over the years, but being a defensive-minded coach, what does Saban think of them?
“I think that the way people are going no-huddle right now, that at some point in time we should look at how fast we allow games to go in terms of player safety,” he said. “You can’t substitute defensive players, you go on a 14-, 16-, 18-play drive and they’re snapping the ball as fast as you can go and you look out there and all your players are walking around and can’t even get lined up.
“I mean that’s when guys have a much greater chance of getting hurt when they’re not ready to play. I think that’s something that can be looked at.
“Obviously it creates a tremendous advantage for an offense…More and more people are going to do it, I just think there’s gotta be some sort of sense of fairness in terms of asking, ‘Is this what we want football to be?’”
These comments were of course immediately brought to Twitter and when Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe caught wind, he responded to Saban’s question with a, “Sure is.”
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