Texas A&M's hurry-up didn't help beat Alabama, asserts Gary Danielson

Mike Zarrilli

College football's resident grouch has thoughts on the hurry-up offense, and yes, he doesn't much care for it.

I don't think it's unfair to call CBS announcer Gary Danielson a bit of a downer. If you're familiar with the man's feelings on football, you'd be shocked to learn he doesn't much care for up-tempo offenses, this offseason's topic du jour. The latest, via Coaching Search:

"I'm just not all in on this, okay. I have to admit that I'm more old-school on this than probably anybody else. Speeding up tempo has gotten way too much credit for why teams are doing well. I've studied this A&M game against Alabama. Tempo had nothing to do with that game. Nothing."

"There was no hurry-up in the game (A&M vs. Alabama) that really affected the play. The reason I think Nick Saban doesn't really love the up-tempo game is because he feels that he has an advantage because he is good with his substituted defenses."

The full clip of his appearance with Tim Brando:

Obviously, saying tempo had nothing to do with the game is hyperbole. The pace of Texas A&M's offense may not have left the Tide defense gassed, but like he goes on to say, it disrupts substitution patterns and can hurt the mental focus of the defense.

At the very least, Gary will have something else to talk about with Bret Bielema, Nick Saban and Will Muschamp this season. Dana Holgorsen, on the other hand, may not enjoy the conversation as much.

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