"Bielema vs Malzahn" - Day 2 of SEC Media Days
7/17/2013 6:11 PM
I thought that Johnny Manziel would rival Nick Saban at SEC Football Media Days this year. I was wrong. Enter Gus Malzahn and Bret Bielema. Put the boxing gloves on the coaches and ring the bell.
Gus Malzahn and Bret Bielema were in Hoover, Alabama, at SEC Media Days on the same day and at the same time. Malzahn who is known for his hurry-up, no-huddle offensive style, fielded questions from the media that included a question about other coaches criticizing hurry-up offenses as being unsafe. He was asked if he had talked to them and disputed it with them at all. Malzahn responded saying, "When I first heard that, to be honest with you, I thought it was a joke. As far as health and safety issues, that's like saying the defense shouldn't blitz after a first down because they're a little fatigued and there's liable to be a big collision in the backfield."
Here is the deal Gus, your offense decides when to snap the ball and when not to snap the ball. Would you like to let the defense decide when your offense snaps the ball. What Coach Bielema is saying has merit. The offense can play at a pace that they want to and can substitute when they want. The defense has to decide when to substitute based on what the offense does.
Brett Bielema when asked about Malzahn's comments that any notion that the hurry-up, no-huddle was dangerous, was a joke said, "I'm not a comedian. Everything I say is things I truly believe in." Then Bielema was asked about defensive players faking injuries and he said, "In addition to not being a comedian, I'm not an actor. I can't tell you how to tell a kid how to fake an injury."
Obviously we are a long way away from November 2nd, the Saturday that Malzahn will bring his Auburn Tigers to Fayetteville to take on Bielema's Arkansas Razorbacks. One can only hope that the game will live up to the hype after what started in Destin, Florida, at the SEC Spring Meetings and continued today in Hoover, Alabama, at SEC Football Media Days.
Hurry-up, No-huddle or ground and pound. Who will win? Should be a fun game on the Hill.