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Is Up-Tempo Offense Bad For Football?

- October 08, 2014 |

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IF client Rocky Boiman played college football at Notre Dame and enjoyed an 8-year professional career which included stints with the Titans, Colts, Chiefs and Steelers.   But in his mind there is a clear problem in today’s game: “fundamentals among players of all levels are more dreadful than they have ever been.”

What does the issue revolve around?  “To play fast in a game you have to practice fast.”  Speed is now the name of the game and needless to say, up-tempo practices leave no time for fine-tuning.

To examine the problem more closely, Boiman takes us inside a premier FBS program’s staff meeting room, where even the coaches themselves struggle with the paradigm shift.

As one coach puts it, “The pace makes it hard to teach the finer points of techniques to players, which is why most coaches got into the business– to be a teacher.  To take a kid who is just an athlete and equip him with the proper techniques to become great.  But hey, you’ve gotta adapt, the game isn’t slowing down any time soon.”

And while Boiman surely understands the pace of the game is only getting faster, he prefers that speed does not become “the be-all, end-all.”

To read Rocky’s full column, click here.