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Swinney on rule proposal: "It's an agenda"

by Tony Crumpton - Associate Editor - Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:39 AM
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Swinney thinks the new rule proposal is ridiculous.
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about the new rule proposal to slow down fast-paced offenses in college football.

Swinney feels pretty strongly against the possible rule change.

“That’s the dumbest rule,” Swinney told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “That rule right there reminds me of public reaction people had when they put in the forward pass. It’s just the craziest thing. That makes no sense, and to hide behind player safety is wrong because it’s just not factual.”


Swinney went on to talk about the offensive players that play in the up-tempo offenses.

“And how about the offensive guys?” he said. “Most of the time, when you look at defenses, they rotate their defensive line the whole game. We do it, most teams do it. Those offensive linemen play just about every snap. So we’re going to sit here and cry for guys who are playing 30 snaps when you’ve got guys on the other side playing 70? Give me a break. It’s an agenda, that’s what it is. If we’re going to talk about player safety, then when they’re going to blitz seven and we’ve only got six, is that extra guy going to hold his hand up before he comes so we know where he’s coming from and that kind of stuff? The whole thing is ridiculous.”


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