Friday, February 14, 2014

Proposed sub rule may slow pace of college football offenses

Kansas coach Charlie Weis works on an official to make his point that a TCU player that was out of bounds during Saturday's game in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kansas coach Charlie Weis works on an official to make his point that a TCU player that was out of bounds during Saturday's game in Fort Worth, Texas.


A proposed rule change for the 2014 college football season could impact the way Kansas University and others defend the fast-paced offenses that have created havoc during recent seasons.

According to a report on the NCAA’s official website, a five-yard delay-of-game penalty would be enforced any time an offense snaps the ball during the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock. If approved, the rule would not apply in the final two minutes of each half. The idea is to allow defenses to substitute without offenses being able to hold them hostage with fast tempo and quick snaps.

Under the current rules, defensive players are not guaranteed an opportunity to substitute unless the offense substitutes first.

The report by the NCAA Football Rules Committee cites “student-athlete safety” as the reason for the change and states that “the committee believes that 10 seconds provides sufficient time for defensive player substitutions without inhibiting the ability of an offense to play at a fast pace. Research indicated that teams with fast-paced, no-huddle offenses rarely snap the ball with 30 seconds or more on the play clock.”

All rules proposals must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which will discuss football rules changes March 6.

No more Mike IDs

KU sophomore T.J. Millweard revealed Wednesday that a staple of KU coach Charlie Weis’ offense known as the Mike ID is no longer a part of KU’s offense.

“We do not have that in our offense anymore,” Millweard said of identifying the middle linebacker before each snap. “It’s something we changed, and I think it’ll help us, as quarterbacks, get to look at the defense a little more, and it’ll help the O-line communicate.”

During Weis’ first two seasons at KU, many quarterbacks said learning the Mike ID calls was one of the most difficult parts of the offense.

Mitchell praised named KU running-backs coach and recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell as one of the 10 best recruiters in the Big 12.

Only seven of the conference’s 10 schools landed coaches on the list — K-State, Iowa State and TCU were left off — and Mitchell was lauded for his work in landing four-star running back Traevohn Wrench, East St. Louis, Ill., linebacker Kyron Watson and Texas talents Corey Avery, Lay’Trion Jones and Derrick Neal.


Travis Clementsmith 8 years, 7 months ago

I think 2 minutes is too little time, it should be doubled to four. There's no "2 minute warning" in college football, and there could be legitimate need to move faster within 4 minutes. Two minutes basically says you're within one score, so its OK. But if you're down two, you may need to begin "hurry up" a little sooner with an opportunity to get the ball back.

Erich Hartmann 8 years, 7 months ago

Dont like the rule change. If the offense can run plays that fast, athletically, why cant the defense? What the spread offenses did was 'expose' teams that relied (too much?) on pkg-defense. It exposes teams that dont have a versatile "base" defense.

That versatility out of the base defense is why I really liked the think-tank idea from Weis+Campo about having 5 DBs in at all times, with 2 of them being of the SSafety type. We have "combo" guards in basketball, and having a LB/SS type of guy can make for a versatile defensive position. Eventhough we lost too many games, that can be blamed on awful offensive execution, because the defense was much, much improved from past 3 seasons. At least something to continue building on...

Think of the chessmatch here: every offensive scheme can be countered with the proper defensive scheme or adjustment. Broncos looked unstoppable...but then look what the Seahawks did. And the famed "double-move" that the Broncos were killing opponents with all season, which really on film was next-level type of precision & perfection of timing & chemistry...they just didnt or couldnt do it against Seattle. Even Seattle players said "if they did their double-move routes, they would have exposed us".

Competent, logical schemes. Atheletic diehards on the roster. Competent execution. Let's see how close KU football gets to all this in 2014...?

Jack Jones 8 years, 7 months ago

It has been more than obvious that the offense has created a huge advantage over the defenses in college football over the past several years. Look no further than the basketball -like scores we see every Saturday. And, as for the reason(s) why ~ it is equally obvious. The offense has a time factor advantage over a defense, simply by knowing the play and formation first. The time required in physically moving the defensive players on and off the field alone creates a disadvantage. Why do you think college coaches went to the "hurry up offense" in the first place? Advantage, offense!! We will have to see if this rule change accomplishes the intended result ~ I'm not optimistic. Perhaps it's a start in the right direction.

David Kemp 8 years, 7 months ago

I for one embrace the change. Tired of this Big 12 circus like offense I will tend to watch SEC for that reason. Besides anything that slows game is good for KU.

Paul Christiansen 8 years, 7 months ago

Are you kidding? This would be great for KU! And would bring some sanity back to the game.

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