Not as hurry up as you think.

Via Brian Fremeau,

Interesting, no?

I wonder how much of that is due to the way officials now manage the snap when an offense makes substitutions.  Thoughts?


UPDATE:  Moar data.


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11 responses to “Not as hurry up as you think.

  1. ASEF

    Officials definitely a part of it. Watching head coaches have to call a time out because the official is sitting over the ball while a DT slowly jogs off the field in response to a late offensive substitution was kind of amusing.

    I think defenses are better adjusted to the hurried snaps. So it seems tempo is almost solely about limiting substitutions now? Hurry enough to get the official off the call but then take your time and make sure you’ve got your reads right?

    Those would be my guesses.

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  2. Dawgflan

    My guess is that once defenses adjusted and were prepared to expect hurry-up, most of the quick run-to-the-line and snap plays (especially after a first down) went from averaging 6-8 yards to 2-3 yards. At least it seems that way when it comes to the way UGA plays Auburn. Pace is still a factor, especially when offenses don’t want the defense to substitute, but the cheap/cheat yards are no longer there, so the OC may as well take the time to call a play from the full playbook as opposed to the few preset “Nascar” plays.


  3. josh hancher


  4. Leggo5

    I’ll never forget how fast Clemson went between snaps in 2013’s season opener against us. Chad Morris had their O screaming down the field. No chance to substitute. It felt like they were cheating on a few of those drives.
    Watching from the top of the upper deck, near the moon, I was yelling at the refs to slow them down.


    • siskey

      Aided in no small part by Grantham’s inability to get signals in and then have the defensive players understand the call.


  5. Bright Idea

    Calling the plays from the booth through the sideline signals generally makes tempo a moot point it seems. Even LSU was running that play clock down to the nub throughout many games. Getting the best call against what a defense is showing must be more important. I never understood why Georgia took so long to call a play only to ride the tailback into the middle of the line with no threat of a QB keep, over and over again.


  6. Derek

    Seems like a lot of the teams aren’t trusting even really good qbs to make decisions by themselves. They are using a lot of clock having the QB look over to get instruction. They probably figure its more valuable than pace to be in the right play.

    I saw both Trevor and Burrow do it a lot.


  7. Classic City Canine

    I think past a certain point, running faster has diminishing returns. Defenses have also adjusted so just going fast doesn’t create the advantage it used to. The chess match continues.


  8. stoopnagle

    I got a cramp just reading the headline.


  9. Will (the other one)

    The sweet spot seems to be winding up with an average in the 70s. You’re not going so slow you aren’t maximizing potential talent advantages, but you aren’t going mindlessly fast all the time (like a lot of those Mizzou offenses when Lock was QB, or Houston under Applewhite.)