Interesting complaint from Texas A&M’s defensive coordinator:
“I think there needs to be a discussion on it within the league to figure out how they want to handle it [up-tempo offense], because it’s becoming more and more widespread with different teams. Like I said it’s a legitimate tactic if you are using the same personnel. But we’re having teams … last week, they’d run a 50-yard go route, the guy gets done with his route, runs right off the sideline, the other guy runs on from right at the line of scrimmage. Our corners have to run 50 yards back and they’re snapping the ball. Without the opportunity to sub, I don’t know that it’s legitimate.”
I can see both sides to this argument. On the one hand, as long as both sides have the same opportunity to flog the defense, it would seem to be fair. On the other hand, if the rules say that both sides are supposed to have an equal opportunity to substitute, then it’s up to the officials to allow that to happen before letting the play run (of course, that begs the question of how much time the defense should be given to make personnel changes).
If I’m a head coach, it probably comes down to what kind of offense I’m running as to which side I come down on the question. But if I’m a defensive coordinator who wants to keep my job, my answer is going to be different, no matter what the head coach is weighing. Which, when you think about it, explains Sherman’s and DeRuyter’s comments completely.