Originally Posted by Saul Good
If hockey players can make entire line changes while the plays are going on, I'm pretty sure football players can manage to get lined up. People are acting like there aren't already teams that go no-huddle already. (If you haven't noticed, they tend to be pretty successful, too.)
As for the rest of the world, you act like they still all live in huts. Europe can afford to play football. They've been exposed to it their entire lives. They just don't like it. They've been exposed to basketball, and it's caught on. The constant stopping is what most sports fans in other countries don't like about football.
There's simply no reason that players need to huddle for 30 seconds between plays that last 5 seconds...at least not every time. Let the huddle after first downs or something. 120 huddles per game is overkill.
I said that the huddle might not be necessary, but the time between plays is. Even the teams that run a no huddle extensively use a significant portion of the play clock before they snap the ball. The no-huddle is used as a strategic tactic to stop the defense from substituting and to allow the offense to see how the defense is lining up and possibly audible to another play to take advantage of the defensive alignment.
Have you ever played football?