offenses. With Randy Edsall gone, Maryland first-year head coach DJ Durkin is trying to change the culture of the program and the first order of business is to improve an offense that ranked in the bottom half of nearly every category in the Big Ten. Durkin though appears aware that playing fast also means a defense that coughed up 41+ on five different occasions last season will be asked to participate more than likely wanted.
“(The amount of plays) used to be a big deal,” Bell explained. “You had people up there bragging about how many plays they ran, but at the end of the day it’s about winning the game. Our first year at Arkansas State (in 2014), we were sixth in the country in snaps per game and broke every record in the history in the conference, but we were 7-6 so nobody cared. And then last year, we were 33rd in snaps per game, still broke every record in the history of our conference, but, at the end of the day we were 8-0 in our conference and won our conference championship.”
“You have to understand this: as many plays our (offense plays), that’s as many snaps as our defense is going to play,” Bell added. “There’s a healthy balance there. I think that’s why we’re so committed to the running game; because even though we’re snapping it at a pretty fair clip, we’re still (running the clock).”