Kliff Kingsbury Not in Favor of Bret Bielema, Nick Saban's No Huddle Rule Change
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The new head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, a team known for it's fast-paced, spread-style offense, has come out against comments made by Bret Bielema and Nick Saban that would hinder an offense's ability to go at a high tempo.
According to Ralph Russo of the Associated Press, Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury wants proof that a high-tempo offense causes more injuries before rule changes would be made to slow the game down.
Back in October 2012, Jerry Hinnen of CBS Sports reported that Saban was not a fan of no-huddle offenses.
"At some point in time, we should look at how fast we allow the game to go in terms of player safety," Saban said. "The team gets in the same formation group, 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."
Then on June 17, Joel Erickson of Al.com reported that Bielema, the new head coach at Arkansas, is also an opponent of high-tempo offenses that limit the defense's ability to make substitutions.
"Not to get on the coattails of some of the other coaches, there is a lot of truth that the way offensive philosophies are driven now, there's times where you can't get a defensive substitution in for 8, 10, 12 play drives," Bielema said. "That has an effect on safety of that student-athlete, especially the bigger defensive linemen, that is really real."
However, Kingsbury is against tweaking rules to slow offenses down. In Russo's report, Kingsbury said, "You want me to play slower, well, OK, you need to get smaller, less strong defensive linemen."
The Red Raiders have become famous for their fast-paced offense, which was innovated by former head coach Mike Leach.
In 2012, Texas Tech was second in the nation in passing yards per game with 355.9.
Leach's style of offense became so popular, even the CBS news show 60 Minutes did a feature back in 2009 on the Red Raiders where Scott Pelley called Leach a "Mad genuis."
Do you believe no-huddle style offenses create safety issues for players?
Many programs across the country have adopted the style, with the likes of the Texas Longhorns picking up the trend this past spring.
Still, there are coaches like Saban and Bielema who believe that the faster-paced offenses create safety and substitution issues for players.
The NCAA has already met and passed the rule changes for the 2013-14 season. The committee proposed 10 rule changes, according to USA Today back in February. None of the proposed rule changes involved limiting no-huddle offenses.
Still, with this being such a hot-button issue, expect to see the NCAA take a closer look at how no-huddle offenses affect injuries this coming season.
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