INDIANAPOLIS - Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has proposed a college football rules change that would slow down hurryup offenses, by allowing the defense at least 10 seconds to substitute, before the next play is run. Obviously, if college football goes that way, there's a chance the movement will spread to the NFL, where teams such as the Eagles have been known to play uptempo.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly hasn't spoken to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine, but one of Kelly's friends, who has a similar mindset, said yesterday he doesn't much like the idea, particularly in the pros.
"No. I wouldn't want to see that in the NFL. I think it's important offensively to be able to have different tempos, play different styles of offense," new Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "I wouldn't want to see that in college football or the NFL. I have a lot of respect for Bret. He's a fanstastic coach, but have a strong belief in being able to change the tempos on offense."
O'Brien was asked about a report out of Harrisburg that he had been eager to leave Penn State, where he coached for two seasons, battling the Jerry Sandusky scandal sanctions, until last month.