Malzahn and Bielema disagree on spread offenses.
Remember the chatter about spread offenses and injuries from the SEC coach meetings in May? Well, things got a little more interesting on Wednesday, as Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and Arkansas’ Bret Bielema traded barbs over spread offenses.
Malzahn got things started off with a response for Bielema's comments about spread offenses causing more injuries:
Malzahn, on the argument that hurry-up O creates injuries: "When I first heard that, to be honest with you I thought it was a joke."— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) July 17, 2013
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) July 17, 2013
And then after Malzahn had a chance to speak, Bielema had his chance to respond:
Bielema is getting worked up about it. "The safety of my players is paramount." ... About injuries and hurry-up offenses.
Bielema also asked about faking injuries because of hurry-up. Bielema: "In addition to not being a comedian, I'm not a doctor."— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) July 17, 2013
Bielema stressing plan to build team in the trenches. He just said "we want to play normal American football."— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) July 17, 2013
Do spread offenses really create more injuries? That's up for debate.
However, one thing is for certain: The Nov. 2 matchup between Auburn and Arkansas just got a lot more interesting.