Posted June 18, 2013

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema wants rules changes to slow down no-huddle offenses

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Arkansas coach Bret (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema wants no-huddle offenses slowed down. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The advent of up-tempo offenses around college football have a few coaches concerned about potential injuries and wondering about the fairness of the game.

Add first-year Arkansas coach Bret Bielema to the list of coaches who want the NCAA to change the rulebook on the no-huddle offense. Bielema proposed a rules change that would allow a 15-second substitution period after every first down to allow defenses to make changes.

Conference foes Ole Miss and Texas A&M run a version of the no-huddle. The Aggies averaged 44 points a game last season running that offense and Ole Miss averaged 31.

“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 eight, 10, 12-play drives,” Bielema said, via AL.com. “That has an effect on safety of that student-athlete, especially the bigger defensive linemen, that is really real.”

Arkansas plays A&M on Sept. 28 and Ole Miss on Nov. 9.


18 comments
sferriell
sferriell

I would prefer a reduction in the TV timeouts after touchdowns etc and just give the teams 5 per half.  TV would still get there commercials and the teams would have a little control over when the stoppages are vs the current, post score, post change of possession etc TV stopps.

zeski78
zeski78

Guy is a punk. If your D gets tired then call a time out. If another team has an advantage because their team is in better condition then so be it. obviously he speaks from experience when he was shoving Montee Ball down everyones throats..Man up and figure it out.. Ill quote Jimmy Johnson"Football rewards those who are in great physical condition, Those who are not are cowards". Im thinking Bielema is the latter right now...

Aggie81
Aggie81

I guess we know why he wasn't selected to coach the Arkansas soccer team...

Doesn't Arkansas have an conditioning program?  I guess the only weights they have on campus are around the mid section of their defensive players. 

On Sept. 28, we'll be happy to show you a well conditioned football team, even after playing Alabama on Sept. 9.


weneedmorepower
weneedmorepower

The rules already allow the defense to substitute anytime the offense substitutes.  The only time that the defense is forced to go without substituting is when the offense isn't substituting either.  So don't complain that the same 11 defensive players have to play 8-12 plays in a row because the offense has to use the same 11 players as well!  Perhaps your defenders need to get in better shape?

Action
Action

I guess Bielema hasn't figured out how to stop Johnny Manziel.  Welcome to the SEC.

Nathan1112
Nathan1112

The majority of college players on major programs will never get paid to play football, yet many are expected to add weight that any health professional would call unhealthy in order to maintain the scholarship that may be the only way they can attend a good school. Where's his concern over this practice when only three Badgers were drafted last year out of maybe 20-25 players without eligibility remaining?

ZachCremer
ZachCremer

I understand his point, but it's never going to change. Might as well just adjust to it.

Grue
Grue

If you didn't want to play defense, you should have jumped ship to the Big 12.

craigsNY
craigsNY

This from the guy who deliberately went offsides on a kickoff to run out the clock?  That didn't put players at added risk of injury?

BY
BY

Have those fat f*cks lose some weight!

DevinWalker
DevinWalker

What does this guy think they were doing back when NFL teams first started Throwing the Ball? Was that unfair to Defenses? Holy crap, quit your whining. Let me quote Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak Ridge. "Adapt, and overcome" Nuff Said.

jack theungry
jack theungry

Hey, I have a great idea!  Let's kill the most exciting innovation to happen to football in the last 30 years!  Who's with me?

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

If I wanted to watch a basketball game, I would.  Just like the wishbone and all the other 'vogue' ideas, this uptempo crap too will pass.  When it comes down to it, the old axiom still holds true...defense wins championships. 

Gary46
Gary46

Develop defensive players with skills for all situations, instead of following the NFL approach of highly specialized players, such as a down lineman for only a 3rd and long situation. 

Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

He's not concerned about 'safety' only about losing.  get better defensive players---end of story.

vbdog
vbdog

@DevinWalker  

Totally agree...........It''s like a golfer that doesn't like his handicap.......PLAY Better........or in Coach B's case .......COACH BETTER !!!!