Auburn defensive coordinator hates the hurry-up, no huddle offense. He said so himself. Despite the fact that he works for a coach who employs the, well, hurry-up, no huddle offense.
Listen to Johnson himself:
“One thing that has gotten into it that I’ve been pretty outspoken, that I really think is starting to deteriorate some of college football is the hurry up offenses …
Ellis..come again? You know who your boss is, right?
“What’s happening now with the rules is that you can snap it as soon as you want to or you can sit on it for 40 seconds, and there is no in-between … The NFL cut it out with Buffalo in the 90’s, they kind of put some cold water on it a little bit with the Colts not too many years ago. What they realized is they’re taking the game of football and turning it into soccer or lacrosse. There’s nothing wrong with those sports, but that’s not football.”
That’s not football Ellis? So you don’t like the dipsy-doo, trickeroo style your boss Gus Bus lives by?
“What it’s about now is who can snap the football before the other team lines up. You can’t hardly get your players on and off the field. You can’t get your signals in and out. It’s become who has the best signal system or verbiage system … It’s not about blocking, tackling, running, route running, throwing, and so forth. It’s something the college football world needs to look at.”
So you don’t like gimmick football either, huh Ellis? You’re not for the trickeration high school 7-on-7 bull crap that Auburn University Football has hung its future on?
“It sounds like sour grapes right now, but there is not a balanced playing field.”
His words came in a 2011 interview with cbssports.com while still at South Carolina. Johnson would leave the following year for the head job at Southern Miss before failing miserably, finishing 0-12, including blowout losses to Rice, SMU and Western Kentucky, not to mention an embarrassing loss to lowly UAB. He was shown the door immediately.
I guess Johnson loves the hurry-up now, eh? Unemployment can change a man’s perspectives. Or can it?
Johnson was a cancer on Mike Dubose’s staff at Alabama because he didn’t see eye-to-eye with the head coach. With such a history of undercutting his superior, and stabbing him in the back numerous times on his weekly appearance on the Paul Finebaum radio show, one has to wonder if history is about to repeat itself.
I hope not.