Calvin Pace says the Patriots no-huddle offense is ‘borderline illegal’
Like any other team that is getting set to face the Patriots, the Jets will spend a significant amount of time in practice this week preparing to defend against the no-huddle attack. When in a rhythm, New England runs it better than any team in the league. According to Jets linebacker Calvin Pace, part of that success comes from their nearly illegal approach.
“It’s borderline illegal because sometimes the guys aren’t always set when they snap the ball,” Pace said Wednesday according to ESPNNewYork.com. “But it’s smart. Why not hurry a team up? I wish we would do it. For a defense, it just puts pressure on you.”
We know at least one man who despises the no-huddle, but that man represents the NCAA. If it were illegal, the officials would flag the Patriots for an illegal formation. Yes, it’s possible that they miss the call. But every time? I highly doubt it. In reality it’s an offense that the Patriots practice extensively in order to keep their opponents on their heels. The ability to run the no-huddle up and down the field is what makes guys like Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker so valuable when paired with Tom Brady.
As for the Jets not running it, they simply don’t have the personnel. The no-huddle can get complicated, and added complications is the last thing New York’s struggling offense needs this season.
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