ESPN poll of coaches shows little support for proposed 'slow-down' rule

Of 128 FBS coaches, 93 are opposed, 25 are in favor, and 9 are undecided

Offensive coordinators Gus Malzahn and Chad Morris meet before the Clemson - Auburn game.

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Offensive coordinators Gus Malzahn and Chad Morris meet before the Clemson - Auburn game.

An ESPN poll of the nation's 128 head coaches shows little support for a proposed rule that would slow down college offenses.

Just 25 coaches say they favor the rule, and of those, only 11 are coaches in one of the five 'power conferences' - the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12, plus Notre Dame.

Ninety three coaches oppose the rule, and nine said they are undecided. Among 'power conference' coaches, 48 are opposed, 11 are in favor, and six are undecided.

One head coach refused to participate, saying he "did not wish to be part of the conversation on this topic."

Voting was confidential, although many coaches have already gone on record either favoring or opposing the proposal.

If passed, the rule proposal would prohibit offenses snapping the ball until at least 10 seconds run off the 40-second play clock, which would allow defenses to substitute. The only exception would be in the final two minutes of each half or if the play clock began at 25 seconds. If the offense snaps the ball before the play clock is less than 30 seconds, it would be penalized 5 yards for 'delay of game.'

Under current rules, defenses are not guaranteed an opportunity to substitute unless the offense subs first.

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lhaselden writes:

There is no safety issue... Saban and Bilema recruit tubs of lard and do not want them to get tired. Get them in shape before the game and it is not an issue... our OL and DL are in shape.. the ones that get on the field anyway. We recruited a 4* OL a few years ago... 340 lbs+ I have yet to see him on the field.... not sure if he will even be on the team next year.... it has been 3 or 4 years...

kellytown writes:

in response to lhaselden:

There is no safety issue... Saban and Bilema recruit tubs of lard and do not want them to get tired. Get them in shape before the game and it is not an issue... our OL and DL are in shape.. the ones that get on the field anyway. We recruited a 4* OL a few years ago... 340 lbs+ I have yet to see him on the field.... not sure if he will even be on the team next year.... it has been 3 or 4 years...

I totally agree with your comment.Football is about strength and conditioning. Being in shape Saban has that ground and pound game that is boring to watch I can watch that on sundays. That is why I don't watch Pro football although several teams are playing faster. Saban is letting Bilema fight his war after all he started this whole slow down the game and then Bilema took off with it and is getting beat up while Saban sits back and laughs, Its like he started the fight now Bilema is getting beat up and Saban is the corner man.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

in response to kellytown:

I totally agree with your comment.Football is about strength and conditioning. Being in shape Saban has that ground and pound game that is boring to watch I can watch that on sundays. That is why I don't watch Pro football although several teams are playing faster. Saban is letting Bilema fight his war after all he started this whole slow down the game and then Bilema took off with it and is getting beat up while Saban sits back and laughs, Its like he started the fight now Bilema is getting beat up and Saban is the corner man.

I agree whole heartily with you. I want someone qualified such as a doctor to tell me how this is a safety issue. Remember way back when offenses were changing from the deep tailback pro set to the option offense. They had to recruit an entirety different type of offensive linesmen to run the option than the deep I-set They should recruit guys that don't need oxygen after every 5 plays. The offense is on the field the same amount of time.

TrevorT writes:

Will we have to change the rules every time Bama or another SEC team doesn't win the national championship? Obtuse and ridiculous.

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