Alabama coach Nick Saban is no fan of the hurry up, up-tempo offense. It was that offense that put the only blemish on Alabama's 2012 BCS National Championship season. Saban has even gone as far as suggesting that the NCAA should change rules allowing the defenses to substitute players.
The up-tempo offense operates without a huddle, meaning the defense doesn't have time to rotate players. Saban has a made a point of saying that this will lead to defenders becoming injured. It's a debatable point, but new Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury isn't buying it.
Kingsbury is one of the offensive masterminds behind the hurry-up offense. Last season Kingsbury was the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, helping the Aggies to a (11-2) record. He was also the man coaching Johnny Manziel to a Heisman Trophy as a freshman. Now Kingsbury is calling Saban out.
"You want me to play slower, well, OK, you need to get smaller, less strong defensive linemen," Kingsbury told the Associated Press. "Stop recruiting these beasts up front and we won't run as many plays."
Kingsbury is also not buying into Saban's theory on players being at a higher risk for injury. During the same interview with the AP Kingsbury said "I would have to see some scientific or statistical information showing an increase in injuries, because to me right now it's just talk".
Outside of Texas A&M and now Auburn under Gus Malzahn, Alabama doesn't play a lot of up-tempo teams. According to Kingsbury that works to their advantage "If Alabama or LSU or those guys faced these offenses all the time, each and every week, it would be different. That's just a fact".
Would it matter? Would the back-to-back BCS National Champions defensive stats go down in the Big12?
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