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@alamoaggie08 The truth is, Saban had 20+ lineman to most teams 12... so subbing helps him more than others. He can keep his all americans healthy and rested for the important downs, plus play different strengths given the play situation. Up Tempo takes that away from him.. so it is whining a bit. I remember back in the 1990s.. Clemson would play William Perry every other down.. he was unstoppable as long as he was ready to go.. but he didn't have the ability to play every down because of his size and weight... He would be diminished in an up tempo game.
As for the idea of a rule.. it would weaken the game.. Last thing football needs to be like is baseball..
7 months, 2 weeks ago on CBS’ Danielson Backs Saban’s Comments About Hurry-Up Offenses “100%”
His comments demonstrate this. For example, Bobby Bowden was one of the first coaches to institute smaller, faster players and a passing attack instead of the slow, big, running approach of 5 yards of dust. It didn't diminish what Bryant did at Bama, but it lead to an evolution in the game. To say that new approaches are tricky would be to say the offenses of today (ones even Saban runs) are tricky too.. if based on the 1960s and 70s. So, yes.. His comments show no understanding of the history of the game. Do I think he understanding the history.. maybe.. he should given his career... maybe he just forgot what it was like when he played back in the 70s....
I would also add.. Offenses like the one run at schools like Clemson who average 90 plays a game.. are hard to cover for tv men who are use to filling the pauses between plays. In some ways, maybe Danielson was whining a bit about how hard it is for him. "I don't know who is out there..." I stand by my comment though. Would love to hear Gary respond.
Tempo has always been a part of the game and used for one teams advantage over another. Saban is right that defenses can be put on the spot since they may have less time to rest, but for others to discount the use of tempo as being tricky is to show no understanding of the history of the game.