West Virginia has become known for its warp-speed, no-huddle offense — for better or for worse — under coach Dana Holgorsen. During the 2012 season, Holgo’s air-raid offense averaged 502.1 yards per game, good for 10th in the nation.
With media days for several conferences either recently wrapped up or in full swing, Holgerson and several other coaches have had the opportunity to share their opinions on today’s faster paced style of gameplay.
A handful of leaders in the big, bad SEC have also voiced their opinions. Specifically, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Arkansas’ Bret Bielema have both been loud in their complaints that no-huddle offenses lead to more plays run in a game which leads to increased chance of injury.
In light of that fact, those old-school, smash-mouth guys believe the powers-that-be need to step in and institute a few rules to slow the pace of the game itself down. There is a good contingent of people who really believe these coaches want to slow it down to a pace they themselves are more comfortable with.
Holgorsen was asked about the sentiments of guys such as Saban and Bielema during his conference’s annual Media Days event on Tuesday.
Here is what the Red Bull-guzzling coach had to say:
Holgo: “I’d tell ’em to get over it because it’s not going to change” “’em” being Saban and Bielma, re: hurry-up.
— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) July 23, 2013
Unless concrete, scientific study over the course of years can be used to prove that the no-huddle is, once and for all, more dangerous to players, Holgo is right.
But remember, at some point his WVU squad is going to have to learn how to play defense, or else he will continue to be forced to look up in the standings at Saban’s Tide teams. There’s no use scoring 49 points in a game if you are going to give up 50, right?
[H/T: SB Nation]