POWERED BY

College Football

Nick Saban Analogizes No-Huddle Offense to Increased Tobacco Consumption

Texas A&M University vs University of Alabama

Bret Bielema came under fire a few weeks ago when he used a deceased football player to lobby for his agenda against the no-huddle offense, and now Nick Saban, also hoping to slow up-tempo teams, has injected cancer into the discussion.. Per ESPN’s Chris Low, Saban likened his support for the proposed 10-second rule, which will be voted on tomorrow, to curbing the risks embedded in chain-smoking:

“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.'”

It’s pretty transparent at this point that Saban and Bielema have established their own self-interest and are working backwards from there, but it bears repeating. That being said, while data suggests that faster-pace teams actually suffer fewer injuries, Saban’s logic in this analogy isn’t entirely off-base.

However, as Andy Staples points out, this argument is a pretty slippery slope towards the idea that the best way to avoid football injuries is to avoid football entirely.

Related: Bret Bielema Used Deceased Cal Player Ted Agu To Justify 10-Second Snap Rule
Related: College Football In 2034: Existential Threats Could Bring About Sweeping Changes
Related: Nick Saban Doing the Electric Slide? It Appears So

 

blog comments powered by Disqus
prev.loading
nextloading