After taking a shot at Alabama head coach Nick Saban, Bielema and the Crimson Tide may have found the one thing that they have in common.
They both dislike the no-huddle offense. According to CBSSports.com, Bielema thinks no huddle offenses aren’t safe, and would like rules put in place to help the defense.
AL.com reported Monday that Bielema, a member of the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel, proposed a rules change that would create “a 15-second substitution period” after each first down to allow defenses to substitute. At the recent SEC spring meetings, Bielema framed it as a player-safety issue — just as Saban did when asking for similar rules changes last October.Unfortunately, Bielema’s premise won’t hold up in court, or in a meeting with the rules committee. Studies have shown that the most injury plagued teams from 2011-12 were teams that ran pro style, or west coast style offenses.
“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, per AL.com. “That has an effect on safety of that student-athlete, especially the bigger defensive linemen, that is really real.”
Teams that run an uptempo style or no huddle offense, are normally the more in shape teams. and suffered less injuries.
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