AU’s Johnson has theory why fast offenses are ruling
by Ryan Black
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson says high-octane offensive philosophies took longer to reach the SEC. (Photo by Jeremy Miniard/The Anniston Star)
Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson says high-octane offensive philosophies took longer to reach the SEC. (Photo by Jeremy Miniard/The Anniston Star)
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AUBURN — Each week of the college football season seems to bring more and more proof that the Southeastern Conference is shedding its “defense-first” mentality.

The only two SEC matchups featuring a pair of top-10 teams thus far — Alabama at Texas A&M and LSU at Georgia — are prominent examples, as each game saw the combatants finish with more than 40 points in regulation.

Game-by-game statistics provide additional confirmation.

Twelve of the conference’s 14 teams are averaging at least 28.5 points per game. Further, seven SEC squads — or half of the league, if one prefers that verbiage — are tallying more than 439 yards each contest.

Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson has an idea why offenses have held such a distinct advantage this season.

Actually, he believes a trio of factors have played a part in the offensive takeover.

First was the bevy of experienced quarterbacks in the conference. It’s a group that includes reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M, two-time national champion quarterback AJ McCarron at Alabama as well as Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger at Georgia and LSU, respectively .

The second reason was one the longtime coach added he couldn’t prove without taking a harder look at the numbers.

“It seemed to me that the larger number of NFL players that were taken out of the conference last year were defensive players,” he said.
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