Here is an excerpt from old SI article from 1969...... Nobody had a problem then and even some SEC teams are mentioned.
In the first half of the season the top college teams got off about 40% more offensive plays than the leading pro teams. Notre Dame averaged 93 plays a game; Yale
, 89; Ohio State
, 87; Georgia
, 85. USC, with its ground attack, and Tennessee
, with its consciousness about field position, still averaged 78 each. This compared with Los Angeles
at 65 plays a game; Dallas
, 63; Baltimore
, 60 and Green Bay
"We are now getting plays off every 12 or 13 seconds," says Ohio State
's Woody Hayes. "We are moving so fast I frequently can't get a play in from the sidelines. We'll hit 100 plays a game soon." This, coming from one of football's bastions of the conservative, makes it plain that something big has happened.
Quite naturally, all of this is driving the game's coaching giants goofy. Bear Bryant
is sitting down there in Tuscaloosa
with one of the best defensive teams he has ever had, allowing opponents only 10 points a game, but the Tide has been beaten twice and scared witless almost every week because it just can't score enough. And coaches with teams that can score try to score plenty, because they pace the sidelines knowing a two-touchdown lead is far from a safe one anymore. (Halftime last Saturday: Ohio State
, 24; Illinois
, 0. In the fourth quarter: Ohio State
, 24; Illinois
"What's happened is obvious," says Bryant
, the master of defense. "First of all, due to the pro influence, there are more good pitchers and catchers coming out of high school. They all want one of those Joe Namath
contracts. Then, of course, most colleges use their best athletes on offense, as backs and receivers. That's not necessarily true in the pros. They've got some of their best athletes on defense, especially corner-back. When the defense is forced to spread out, it must go to man-to-man coverage. But if the offensive boy—the pass receiver—is a better athlete than the defensive boy, he'll beat him. So you have to go to double coverage, and that weakens you against the run."
Edited by WDavE, 04 March 2014 - 01:17 PM.