It forces teams to play more players.
There used to be a time when Southeastern Conference teams didn’t have to substitute all that much on defense. Sometimes they might insert an extra defensive back or play an extra lineman or two in goal-line packages.
Barring injury, some teams could get away with playing only 14 or 15 different players on defense in a game.
Against hurry-up, no-huddle attacks – or HUNH, if you are the type who thinks acronyms are cool – teams have to play 20-something guys. Then again, that’s part of the point of using these types of offenses.
If you want to play the same guys every down, you’ll wear out before the game ends. If you dig into your bench, you may put somebody out there who isn’t as prepared or talented enough to make a play at a critical point.
But in the end, is it wrong to enjoy seeing more guys get to play? And I’m not talking about an everybody-gets-a-trophy way of playing more people.
It’s just that these days, when players show up on campus, we already know so much more about them than we used to know, because of online recruiting services and high school coverage.
So, I’m not wild about the idea of having to wait two or three years before seeing if a guy can cut it. If a guy was a 13-star defensive back, I think it’s fun to see him get shoved out on the field as soon as possible. Let’s see what he has.
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