This is my first FanPost, so forgive me if there is anything improperly formatted or unevenly argued.
I've been thinking about the "Hurry Up No Huddle" (HUNH) offenses that are becoming the norm in college football. So, let's set the scene. What are we talking about, specifically? The HUNH offense is predicated on quick actions between plays and limiting substitutions so the defense cannot substitute (along with other things). When the HUNH offense finishes a play, instead of substituting, they come to the line of scrimmage and get set for the next play. This prevents the defense for substituting and forces them to use the personnel that is already in the game. I understand the reason for this scheme of offense but personally believe it gives an unfair advantage to the HUNH offensive teams.
We've heard CNS talk about player safety as a reason he dislikes the HUNH. We've discussed it ad nauseum at RBR. But I think, fundamentally, the rules, as written, limit offenses that don't run the HUNH. Think about a football team that runs a pro-style offense, chewing the clock, wearing down their opponents. They are LIMITED by the current rules and that creates an unfair advantage for the HUNH offense.
Let's look first at what is "fair," per the rules of college football. Currently, there is a play clock in college football that keeps a team from gaining possession of the ball and then not running any plays while the game clock continues to run time. Think about basketball, running the "four corners" offense. Without a shot clock the offense could keep the ball for as long as they like. The shot clock prevents offenses from retaining possession without making an attempt at a shot. That is what the play clock does in college football. The play clock forces an offense to run a play in a certain amount of time or a penalty is the result. That is what is deemed as "FAIR" according to the rules of college football. "Fair" forces offenses to run a play in a certain amount of time. "Fair" limits an offense from chewing that clock by standing at the line of scrimmage and not running a play for minutes at a time. "Fair" limits an offense from playing at a snail's pace. "Fair" limits an offense by forcing a team to run a play.
So, why isn't there a limiting clock on the HUNH? There is a play clock that dictates when a play HAS to be run. Why is there not a clock that dictates when a play CAN be run? It seems like a simple fix to me. A rule that states a play cannot be run until there are "X" amount of seconds remaining on the play clock. If a defense wants to substitute, they can until that "X" time is met. It removes the the unfair advantage of the HUNH that happens in between plays.
Just a thought. I would love your opinions, but be gentle. I'm new at this.