How do you solve a problem like the hurry up no huddle?

Ellis Johnson has four rules to live by.  I’ll be thinking about this one today in particular, watching Pruitt’s defense:

3. Teach defensive players to make calls on the fly.

Hurry-up teams snap the ball so fast that it’s impossible at times for a defensive coordinator to get the call from the sideline to the field and the players lined up before the snap. In response, a defensive coordinator has to simplify his calls and teach his players to make them on the field and get into position before the snap.

“Everything is a read; nothing is a set play,” Auburn linebacker Kris Frost said. “You get the play call, and you look at the offense, and you adjust to how the offense is lined up and adjust to the play. … Anything can change.”

That was not exactly what we saw last year.



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7 responses to “How do you solve a problem like the hurry up no huddle?

  1. charlottedawg

    Interesting that Johnson says he got the idea to substitute liberally from garner. I don’t remember that happening a lot when Rodney was at Georgia.


    • +1.

      Auburn’s defense repeatedly came up big in the fourth quarter on its way to the SEC title last season, in part because Johnson adopted defensive line coach Rodney Garner’s policy of rotating multiple players liberally and applied it to the entire front six.

      I beg your pardon?


  2. uglydawg

    Reads are very, very important. For instance,
    If you’re playing in the defensive backfield and the offensive linemen release and start blocking downfield, you know it’s a run…

    The rules say (my para-pharse), ” offensive linemen must remain within three yards of the defensive side of the line of scrimmage during a passing play. If an offensive lineman is determined to be more than three yards downfield when a pass is made, it shall be cause for a penalty.** .

    ** not appicable to Auburn


  3. uglydawg

    “para-pharse” might mean something but it’s supposed to be “para-phrase or maybe paraphrase. I’m too lazy to look it up.)
    Excited about this evening!!!!


    • Excited about this evening!!!!

      Me too, Ugly. And nervous. This game means so much, in so many ways. We really haven’t talked about it here. But it’s important not just to win but to play well. Real important. Nothing can replace that.

      Playing well puts us on a track like nothing else. If we don’t play well, and still win, no matter what we do we’ll never make up the difference from if we had played well. At least not anytime soon. We’ll never catch up, or make that up, unless perhaps it’s very late in the season, and we are still undefeated.

      We haven’t played a solid competitive opener since Boise 2005. That’s 9 YEARS. We’re certainly due. And it would do wonders for us, I believe.


  4. SouthGaDawg

    Hoping a Pruitt coached D handles Rule #4 better than a Grantham coached D. Go Dawgs!


  5. Ditto. That’s a big key, maybe THE key, to stopping these offenses.

    The better QB’s of these systems get the ball out super-quick, and there’s really nothing you can do but tackle them. Do that, and you have a good chance to get a stop. If you miss, it’s usually nice gain, first-down or big play.

    Take Thursday night. SC couldn’t tackle anybody the whole game. If they had, how different would the game have been? I suspect VERY different, and SC would have had a chance to win right down to the end. Because SC would have had the ball much more than they did, and their defense would have had a lot more rest-and-recover time on the sidelines, instead of getting worn out playing 99 snaps, as they did. That snap count would have been way down.

    A defense has to be at good tackling these days, and good at tackling in space. Athletic and fundamentally sound. Glad Pruitt is taking us in that direction.

    Hopefully we learned how to tackle this year. Because I believe it’s a big key to tonight’s game. Go Dawgs!