- Keeps the defense on their heels. James Vint gives a wonderful reason for playing up tempo, “As they get the signal for our Inside Zone Read at Nascar Tempo, they are going to sprint to the line and execute the play. The defense has to decipher the formation, make their strength calls and communicate coverage, and get their hand down and get ready to play. Our goal is to snap the ball with 32 seconds on the play clock. We want to snap the ball as soon as the ref’s hand is out of the way.1” As this quote points out the defense is having to determine what the offense is going to do in a very short amount of time. In high school football there is a 40 second play clock. Coach Vint wants his team to get to the line of scrimmage and run the next play in 8 seconds. Compare that to a team playing at a normal tempo which snaps the ball with about 5 seconds left on the play clock. This puts tremendous pressure on the defense to get lined up and in the correct position. The offensive coach is hoping that by going at a faster speed his team will catch the defensive team out of position and create a big play. An uptempo style also prevents the defense from substituting easily.
- Tires the defense out. Not being able to substitute players on defense will tire them out because most teams are not able to prepare adequately to play an uptempo team. Nowhere on the defense is this felt like the defensive line. Many football teams rotate their defensive linemen throughout the game to keep them fresh, if a coach is unable to sub his lineman in and out of the game because the offense is playing at such a fast pace they will tire out and their level of play will decline.
1.Combining Run-Pass Options With Up-Tempo To Create A Dominating Offense. (n.d.). Retrieved April 4, 2016, from http://afcaweekly.com/2016/04/combining-run-pass-options-with-up-tempo-to-create-a-dominating-offense/?utm_source=AFCA Weekly