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Dabo Swinney says Saban's view of up-tempo offenses is 'not reality'

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
"Up-tempo offenses are the best!!" (US Presswire)

Last week when talking about up-tempo offenses, Nick Saban asked "Is this what we want football to be?" Well, if you were to ask Dabo Swinney, he'd answer yes.

The Clemson coach was asked for his opinion on Saban's comments about up-tempo offenses being dangerous for defensive players. In Swinney's mind that's just not the case.

"I don't agree with that at all," Swinney told OrangeandWhite.com. "I think that's not reality.

"I think that we have a play clock, and if you look at us, we substitute all the time. We play fast, but we're constantly changing personnel, constantly multiple formations and shifts and personnel groupings.

"When you do that, the defense has to be allowed to change personnel, and that's the refs' job, to manage that part. But we don't just put the same 11 guys out there and play them for 80 plays. You know, I don't know if there's a lot of teams that do that."

Swinney then went on to share a common belief among many college football fans.

"To me, if you look around, what makes college football fun is you have a lot of variety," Swinney said. "You see different things from week to week, whether it's the spread or the "I" or the triple option or whatever. And I think that's one of the things that makes it an incredibly popular game is that you just really never know from week to week.

"If you really want the same old thing and everybody to be conformed, then you've got that in the NFL. That's what Sundays are for, in my opinion."

Swinney isn't the first coach to publicly disagree with Saban on this topic. On Tuesday LSU coach Les Miles said he felt that uncalled holding penalties are more dangerous than up-tempo offenses would ever be.

Whether that has to do with his LSU defense giving up 364 yards rushing in its last two games, we can't be sure.

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