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Football 101: The No Huddle And The Hurry Up (Part 2)

A look how the no huddle and hurry up can cause all kinds of issues for opposing defenses, especially as it relates to Chip Kelly, because he is the guy who teams are looking at when it comes to new rounds of the "copy cat" surge in the NFL.

Will Romo Run Any Read Option This Year?
Will Romo Run Any Read Option This Year?
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To begin our second look at no huddle and hurry up offenses, let me expound on the idea in the last article about why teams may want to use the no huddle all the time or at least almost all the time, even if they don't actually do the hurry up with it.

How many times have we seen a penalty because the play call and getting the players up to the line of scrimmage took too long? Calling plays through the headset to the quarterback and then the quarterback getting it to the players just takes too long, period. It might even start with the coordinator being upstairs and calling the play down to the guy on the sidelines who is going to call it in to the quarterback. The NFL has gotten smarter by realizing that the whole process of calling Green Right Strong Slot Spider 2 Y Banana can be shortened to a number on the play chart that matches that same number on the quarterback's play chart on his wrist. But still we get these penalties of "too much time in the huddle." So, eliminate the huddle!

By eliminating the huddle, you have eliminated the run of five to ten yards to the line of scrimmage 60 times a game for those big offensive linemen. Plus, with numbers on his wrist and hand signals or cards from the sideline, there is much less chance that someone in that whole process relayed it wrong.

When we are behind and our offensive coordinator wants to catch up, he usually goes into the two-minute offense, or no-huddle, hurry up offense and then for some strange reason we start moving the ball down the field, and I can hear everyone of you shouting at the T.V. "Why didn't you do this from the start of the game, you dummy!" So, all of you that agree, raise your hand. Let me see, 1, 2, 3, ......899, okay, looks like all of you. You can put your hands down now.

Running the hurry up or no huddle causes defenses to change their practice habits and that can also be an advantage. During the week leading up to a game against a no huddle offense, coaches who have not faced the speed and pace of the game have not been able to match that pace. You can't really simulate the pace in practice.

Worrying about or practicing against the pace takes away from their focus on the offenses plays. The hurry up, no huddle keeps defenses on their heels after big plays and does not allow them to regroup, if they want to change your momentum, they have to call a time out.

When you run the hurry up, no huddle it is much harder for the other team to pick up your tendencies when the pace is so fast. They have to first and foremost concentrate on lining up correctly.

Again, the theme of this post is the effect of the hurry up, no huddle offense and the idea that innovation is good and that this concept should catch on in the NFL in general, and my hope that the Cowboys will not be too far behind.

Now, while they probably will not be installing a lot of the Kelly concepts, they are watching Brady, Manning, and even Nick Foles, have the success that comes from the hurry up, and no huddle.

The Miami Dolphins to be the latest to install at least some of the fast tempo concept. They hired former Philadelphia Eagles QB coach Bill Lazor to be their new offensive coordinator and one of their players made a few comments about some of the changes:

"There are some West Coast offense concepts," the player said. "Some shotgun, some under center. They've discussed having both no huddle and huddle. It’s fast tempo."

Oh, and add Drew Brees to that group as well:

Drew Brees is comfortable in any situation on the football field, but the veteran New Orleans Saints quarterback seems to ooze confidence when operating from the shotgun formation out of the no-huddle with an empty backfield.

Brees loves tempo of no-huddle offense

Do you think that these upper echelon quarterbacks named Brady, Manning and Brees that love this no huddle up tempo stuff, might be on the same page for a reason?  Maybe because they are smart and they of all people know what works?

Let's hope that our offensive staff has been thinking about some of the future schemes because just as talent has a big part in the success of a team, scheme also plays a very big part and sometimes one can make up for the other, but when you have both cooking, then you have something special.

There is a reason why Bill Belichick and Tom Brady went to visit Chip Kelly when he was at Oregon. They were thinking outside the box, wanted to have the best scheme possible and be one of the teams out front and not one of the "late to the party" copy cats.

The K-gun, run-and-shoot, west coast offense and now the hurry up / no huddle and pistol. Again, let's hope we are out front on these innovations. Some of the innovations I just mentioned were abandoned too soon, all they needed was tweaking. Again, talent and scheme are equally important and maybe scheme may be even more important than talent, at least that is my opinion.

Well there you have it once again. Hope you enjoyed it.

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