Tempo Offense Debate

From the Mother Ship, this column appeared Sunday on the Tempo Offense debate.

It hits close to home to me because the teams I played for in high school and later covered at Northeast Louisiana generally were not teams of immense talent though the 1987 I-AA championship NLU team had its share.

That said, those high school and college teams were competitive because coaches found a way to make them so.

Coaches who employ the tempo offense have chosen that path to make their teams competitive. Some of these teams aren’t considered traditional powers in the modern era, but they are winning games.

I don’t doubt that there’s some level of concern for safety by coaches who oppose the tempo style.

There are too many other ways to address safety, however, than to attack without support documentation — none of that’s been shared that I’ve seen — the chosen style of coaches trying to build their programs.

Too many inconsistencies in the proposal right now.

The committee says research indicates that tempo teams rarely snap the ball with more than 30 seconds on the play clock anyway, a statement that seems to diminish the necessity of the rule change. So why make it?

Why have so many tempo coaches been caught off guard by the announcement of this proposal?

If the change is really about safety, why is the rule tossed out in the last two minutes of each half?

The next date to watch is March 6 for the rule oversight panel.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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