Alabama's Nick Saban Silly to Compare Up-Tempo Offense to Cigarettes

By Connor Muldowney
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It has been made very clear that Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban does not like the up-tempo offense that has been running rampant in college football these days. In fact, the best coach in college football speaks so lowly of the up-tempo that it sounds like the grumblings of a grumpy old man.

In a recent interview, Saban spoke about his displeasure of that type of offense because it doesn’t take into consideration player safety.

He had this to say about the coaches and media blaming him for a possible up-tempo rule change in a recent interview with ESPN:

“I don’t care about getting blamed for this. That’s part of it. But I do think that somebody needs to look at this very closely. The fastball guys (up-tempo coaches) 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.’”

Comparing up-tempo offenses to cigarettes might be a low point for Saban. Sure, he’s the best coach in the nation right now and will surely be in the Hall of Fame one day, but to sit there and knock offenses that are doing something different and changing the game with strategy is just something to be ashamed of. Even Rich Rodriguez makes better points as to why changing the rule is ridiculous.

Players get injured all the time. Even before up-tempo offenses were an “issue”, players were getting injured all the time because, hey, football is a contact sport.

These guys know what they signed up for, Nick. Let them play the game their own way.

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