Does Saban think up-tempo offenses are like smoking cigarettes?

Nick Saban thinks all of those ultra high-speed wi-fi offenses are a drag.

But is he now comparing speedy snaps to smoking cigarettes? Yeah. Maybe?

Here’s what Saban said in an interview with ESPN.com:

“The fastball guys say there’s no data out there, and I guess you have to use some logic. What’s the logic? If you smoke one cigarette, do you have the same chances of getting cancer if you smoke 20? I guess there’s no study that specifically says that. But logically, we would say, ‘Yeah, there probably is.’ “

Some have said that Saban — although he’s denied it — is behind a proposed 10-second rule that would penalize teams for snapping the ball in the first 10 seconds of the 40-second clock. The NCAA’s  Playing Rules Oversight Panel will meet Thursday to discuss the rule, which is not a fan of coaches such as Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez, among many others.

An ESPN.com survey found that only 25 of the the 128 FBS coaches in the nation favor the 10-second rule.

Here’s what Auburn AD Jay Jacobs told AL.com earlier this week:

“It’s a joke, is what it is. Everything’s going faster in sports. You get penalized if you don’t play fast enough in golf. Now you’ve got pitch counts in baseball to throw a pitch. And to think we’re slowing something down without any data is just ridiculous to me. The thing about it is, kids today, they love playing in this hurry-up type offense because it’s fun. So if you like to have fun, you need to go to a place like Auburn.”

More from Saban:

“Our game’s getting to where it’s not about blocking and tackling. It’s about how fast can we go so they can’t get lined up. Is that what we want the game to be? But let’s not forget the issue here. The issue I’m arguing for is the increased number of exposures, the player safety issue. I don’t see how logically it can’t be, but we should at least do a study to find out. I guess the question is: How do we manage it in the meantime? Do we let them keep going, or do we slow them down?”

Rodriguez and the folks at Arizona shared their thoughts via a “Speed” parody on YouTube:

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Falcons 73

March 7th, 2014
12:38 pm

While I’m not really buying Saban’s argument over player safety, I do agree with his “how fast can we go so they can’t get lined up. Is that what we want the game to be?” comment. I’m not a big fan of watching a college or NFL football team run up to the line of scrimmage and snap a play before players are actually set. By the same token, I can’t stand teams that play to run out the clock and try to play smash mouth football.

I think there is a happy median to this style of play, and maybe the 10 second rule isn’t as bad as most may think…just can’t stand the thought of Saban using “player safety” as an excuse to get his way.

AU Sister

March 6th, 2014
1:35 pm

Bo over the top

March 6th, 2014
12:49 pm

I guess they need to cut out practice then. Would that help @ Lying????? Please keep your comments to something you might know about. Like mowing the yard.
Why don’t you check out how many NC AU has won since Jacobs has been there! Not just talking about football either.
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I take it by your handle you are an Tiger Family member too, let me give you a little friendly insight. As a Trainer at Auburn for over 20 years I worked for some great coaches and if you were a little more informed you would know that Coach Dye and Coach Tubs, also complained about the speed of the game during our time on The Plains. They had concerns about the number of plays and it’s direct relationship to injuries during their tenures. You can look it up. Contrary to what you think the links the guy provided do reflect the concern and actual truths about contact, injuries, concussions, and overall trauma to the body. I work in the Sports Rehab area now and most of the athletes I see today are either current NFL, NBA, MLB players and the players all complain about the same thing, the number of games, the continuous contact, and the level of year around mandated training just to stay competitive. Apparently even those in my Auburn family do not have the resources to realize that trauma is a direct cause of overuse in muscles and fatigue….which is a direct correlation to the number of contacts given in any activity. From jumping rope to Direct Tackling it has an impact and makes an athlete’s body older than their actual age.

Bo over the top

March 6th, 2014
12:49 pm

I guess they need to cut out practice then. Would that help @ Lying????? Please keep your comments to something you might know about. Like mowing the yard.
Why don’t you check out how many NC AU has won since Jacobs has been there! Not just talking about football either.