Ever since we began to this see this offense take shape in training camp we knew that they would be fast. The up-tempo offense was said that’s what Nathaniel Hackett wanted to implement and has done just that.
Going into week 3 this team is the NFL’s fastest on the offensive side of the ball in the way of getting a play off every 21.8 seconds of possession. This was figured out by ESPN dividing time of possession by the number of plays. Looking at the other team’s in the top five: Broncos 23.2, Eagles 23.3, Ravens 24.4 and Patriots 25.0.
This team has had questions as to whether they should be running this hurry up all the time (Patriots game) but that is what this coaching staff wants to do. With them continually running up tempo they believe it will wear down their opponents.
As always there is plus’s and minus’s to everything and this is no different. The plus’s I see for this to continue to work is the defense not being able to keep up and also mismatches. Remembering how many speed guys we have on the field is something that definitely will keep the defense exhausted and unable to sub.
Something I don’t like about the up-tempo is the quick 3 and outs. Being on the field basically for no time at all doesn’t give your defense anytime to rest and also it means you’re not putting any points on the scoreboard. Also you’re giving that opposing offense more time to be able to run their offense and taking time off the clock. First downs are key with this offense and also to stay away from penalties. Those are killer’s for an offense like this and could really hurt this team especially in the 2nd half.
So as we wait for the Bills to take on the Jets this offense will continue its up tempo and hopefully get points on the board. Like it or not it looks like this offensive game plan is here to stay.