Nick Saban Gets Smart

Now your talking.

When University of Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban first lobbied for a rule change, which would stymie the latest trend of the day regarding hurry-up offenses, it looked suspiciously like Saban was trying to help his defense, which appeared gassed against such an offenses last fall. It didn’t play well.

Now Saban is adopting a much smarter strategy — suggesting hurry-up offenses cause more injuries.

“Now I know a lot of you say there’s no statistical information that says if you play 88 plays in the game you have a better chance to get hurt if you play 65 plays in a game,” Saban recently told the media. “Over 12 games that 250 plays, approximately. That’s four games more that you are playing.”

That is too much exposure, according to Saban.

“We have all these rules to limit exposure, but the data says there are seven players who get hurt in the game to everyone that gets hurt in practice,” he said. “That’s a fact. OK. We are going to limit practice, which is exactly what the NFL did last year to no avail helping injuries. They actually had more injuries, I think, when everybody is getting hurt in the game. Not everybody, but 7-to-1.”



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