SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Football has changed

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 05:44 PM.

Football has changed since I played high school ball in the mid-1970s. Back in the good old days, the game was one of power and ball control.

Many high schools and colleges didn't throw more than five or 10 passes a game. Anyone who averaged 15 or 20 passes a game was living on the edge.

Back in that day, Bear Bryant was winning Southeastern Conference and national championships running the Wishbone, triple-option offense at Alabama.

Players weren't as big as they are today; coaches lined them up and ran the football.

From what I saw of new Crestview High School football coach Tim Hatten's offense this spring, nobody will mistake the Bulldogs for an old Alabama team.

Crestview likely will average 15 or 20 passes a half, and twice that many passes a game. The thought of keeping up with Hatten's offense has me thinking about checking to see if my health insurance policy covers oxygen at halftime.

I'll be hoping the Bulldogs score a lot of quick touchdowns and the other team's offense can hold onto the ball for a few plays so I can catch my breath. I know it's going to be a wild fall.

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