Created: 09/17/2013 7:44 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4
Former UNM football coach Rocky Long is now the head coach at San Diego State (0-2). Long, a former college quarterback with a defensive mind, got into a discussion this week about coaching philosophy. Long thinks today's passing offense is changing the game.
“I think this is the biggest revolution in football since the wishbone in the early 60’s,” said Long. “Offenses have spread you from sideline to sideline and they’re able to get the ball to really good athletes in the open field so there’s a lot of one-on-one tackles. With the addition of the run-fake, you’re not nearly getting the pass rush you used to get because the defensive linemen can’t run up the field and the rules have gotten so they favor the passing game ridiculously.”
“If you touch a receiver, it’s interference. If you actually hit somebody hard, it’s targeting. If the quarterback gets pushed on the ground, it’s roughing the quarterback. These offenses are almost impossible to stop unless you have the athletes to play straight man-to-man coverage. I don’t think they’ll ever slow it down.”
“The only way to slow it down is to have a four man rush that completely dominates the line of scrimmage.”
“Pretty soon you’re not going to be able to get a kid to play defense. Nobody’s going to want to play defense because you’re at such a disadvantage.”
Top ranked defending national champ Alabama held on to beat Texas A&M this past weekend, 49-42. Long says that score alone proves his point.
“Alabama has as good of defensive players in the country and you get a spread offense with a really good quarterback and they didn’t even come close to slowing them down. That just proves my point.”
“Does it make me cringe? No, but if I were doing it again I’d be an offensive coach.”