SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Football has changed

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

Things won't be so breathtaking at Baker School, where Matt Brunson will play the old ball control football that he loves and has embraced throughout his coaching career.

The Gators will be more likely to score on a long run by D.J. Thomas than they will on a long pass from Jon Beck or Ben Crowson.

The truth is there is no right way of doing things. Each coach must develop his philosophy and decide how he can implement it with his players.

Fortunately, for Hatten, the Bulldogs have skill position players that can stretch the field. And Brunson has the kids that take pride in power football.

Last week at the Southeastern Conference Media Days, University of Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema complained about no huddle, spread offenses. He rightfully pointed out that up-tempo offenses don't allow for defensive substitution.

He argued that a player won’t be as fresh on the 15th play of a drive as he was on the fifth play. That’s just common sense.

Of course, what Bielema didn't address was the defense can get off the field by stopping the offense on three downs or forcing a turnover.

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