Nick Saban clarifies his stance on up-tempo offenses

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Thursday July 18, 2013


Posted by: Pete Roussel on Thursday July 18, 2013

Nick Saban arrived at SEC Media Days in Hoover on Thursday morning and immediately addressed the fast tempo offense issue as it relates to player safety.

saban4Saban told WJOX 94.5 in Birmingham, "I just think that there's two questions that everybody needs to ask themselves."

"First of all, do we want or is football intended to be a continuous game? The second question is, 'Because of the pace of the game, the accumulative effect of playing more plays... I think people misinterpret the fact that when you say player safety, is it about the pace of the game is faster? What I'm talking about is somebody needs to answer the question... in the NFL, they play 64 plays a game.  We play over 80 plays a game in college, and fast-paced teams play more than that.' So a player is playing 25 or 30 more plays a game, so the accumulative effect of that over a season.... Is there something that has any effect on players' safety.  I don't know the answer.  I'm asking."

Earlier this off-season, this is the exact point that I tried to convey in my study that illustrated that Alabama's defense played a total of 3203 snaps over the last four years.  Oklahoma State's defense, on the other hand, played 4111 snaps (or 908 more snaps, which is the equivalent of roughly 12 more games than Alabama) over that same four year period.

You can see that entire study, right here.

Saban said, "I don't have any scientific evidence to prove that.  I'm just saying, that's the question that needs to be answered."

(Photo credit: Decatur Daily)

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