SEC, Gary Danielson is worried about your soul.

Really, he is.

… All but one SEC team averaged more than 360 yards per game last year; eight averaged more than 400, and Mississippi State averaged a staggering 513. But Danielson wonders if the conference might be starting to sell its soul for shiny silver.

“The big advantage the SEC had against other conferences was they were the most physical, NFL-like conference there was,” he said. “If they try to morph too much into becoming a fantasy league, they are going to cede their position as the toughest and best conference in college football.”

In case you can’t tell, the man really doesn’t like the spread.

“You go into a room, you meet with athletic directors, you can wow them by putting the spread on the board, show them how you’re going to run up all these scores. For years, I’ve been saying they are running too many plays and the games are getting too long, but none of them want to give up their stats. They love these stats.”

I’ll be the first to concede that many athletic directors have their heads up their asses, but I don’t think any of ’em are hiring coaches to run up stats.  They want to win, even if they don’t always have the best idea about how to go about accomplishing that.  And, like it or not, that hurry-up stuff works.  If it didn’t, you wouldn’t see Saban taking steps in that direction.


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17 responses to “SEC, Gary Danielson is worried about your soul.

  1. It works in the sense that it can be a leveler IF you have the right QB. When your QB is average your team quickly becomes average.

    I don’t fault teams that have gone to it in the sense that with a 20 hour work week, if you can load up on talent, especially at QB and on defense, you can make noise quickly. I think it’s simplicity is an advantage in weekly preparation. I do think that it’s just bad football though. Watching a team first and goal at the 1, empty and in shotgun makes me want to barf. I’d rather watch lsu and bama throw haymakers at each other for 60 minutes. Football is supposed to be a battle of wills. It wasn’t meant to be about sleight of hand or about going east and west.

    I don’t know if the spread will hurt the sec’s chances to win nattys, but I think he’s right that it doesn’t help and gives the Baylors and tcu’s and Oregon’s of the world a better chance than before. However, osu did reaffirm one thing against the Ducks: no matter what style you play, football is won at the LOS and the the more physical team will win most battles. We can hate urban, but I thank him for pounding Oregon. The last thing we need is some basketball on grass team to win a championship.


  2. sUGArdaddy

    Well, he’s partly right. What made the difference those 7 years or whatever was defense. Even Florida’s fancy spread wasn’t the star in their two MNCs during that run. Even Auburn and Newton won the game like 21-20 or something like that. Fairley and co. shut down the high-flying ducks. We get obsessed with points, but in the biggest games, physicality wins. Always has.

    Mind you, the UK’s of the world do care about stats. I don’t blame them, they’ve got to. To a certain extent, this is some of the fault of people trying to ‘keep up’ w/ A&M and Mizzou, which is sort of a false reality. Manziel won ONE huge game in T-town, and everyone thought they had to keep up the points.

    UGA wrote the blueprint on Mizzou last year. Don’t be afraid to grind it out. Steal their possessions with soul-eating drives of 3.5 yards a pop. Make them risk more because they’re running out of time and off their game. Pretty soon it’s 34-0.

    The good news? I don’t think we’re buying it. I think we’re building a traditional kind of SEC power. I also don’t think LSU is buying it. If those cats can find a QB this year, watch out for the Bengals. Manziel and Gus have scared Saban into thinking he has to be something else, hence the hiring of Junior. Richt seems convinced that stud TBs and a better D are the answer. Guess we’ll see on Oct. 3. But, don’t be surprised if we look like the most “SEC” team this season, on both sides of the ball.


    • Beekerdawg



    • Well we’re having to “buy it” a little on defense. This is the real issue that nick doesn’t like. The guys he needs to stop auburn aren’t the same ones he needs to defend Georgia. That on its face is not very compelling to the average fan so he uses issues of injuries and taste of which I agree with the latter. If you look at how good we were on d vs. auburn and Missouri and contrast that with how awful we were vs. uf and at times vs. tech and usc you’ll see the problem. Leonard and co. are beasts vs. finesse. We struggled when the other teams ran right at our ends though. They can chase and contain but they have trouble fitting their gaps vs. power.


  3. Bulldog Joe

    Watching the college football playoffs, Gary should know that running the spread offense and being physical are not mutally exclusive.


    • It’s amusing to me that people think those two concepts are mutually exclusive. Watch Auburn, Oregon,, or Ohio State and tell me they aren’t power running teams. They just do it out of different formations, but the blocking concepts are the exact same as a smash-mouth 3 yards and a cloud of dust offense.


  4. Big Ol cup of STFU

    I think Gary is spot on. …”they are going to cede their position as the toughest and best conference in college football.”


  5. BMan

    I’m sure that once Boom (aka GDCOOE) takes over, that points and stats all over the league will go down.


  6. Dog in Fla

    How does Gary have enough time to keep up with all this especially with the time spent on Silver Alerts for Verne


  7. JCDAWG83

    I think it’s cute that a guy from the network that piles more commercials into a football game than any other thinks the spread is the reason games are lasting longer.


    • Well played, JC. No one inside the arena really wants to talk about the real reason games last too long. CBS may be the worst, but all the networks are guilty.