Silver Bullets Will Deal with the Bear Raid the Old Fashioned Way

By DJ Byrnes on September 10, 2013 at 11:14a
Worst scene in sports.

Ohio State runs an up-tempo offense, and so does California. These types of offenses have been criticized by the likes of Nick Saban and Bert Beliema as "an unfair advantage" because they take away the defense's ability to substitute different packages in throughout the drive. One way defensive coordinators have found a way to put the brakes on these types of offenses is through the nefarious practice of faking injuries.

Kirk Herbstreit had mentioned defenses actually practiced faking injuries in the offseason. Cal coach Sonny Dykes basically accused Northwestern of faking injuries during Cal's opening day loss to the Wildcats. Georgia appeared to do the same in their loss to Clemson. (It's not a practice limited to the college ranks either; Brian Urlacher recently admitted the Bears had "designated dive" guys.)

To me, this stuff belongs in the bush leagues, and is a form of waiving the white flag to your opponent. (You'll notice how both one college team mentioned above lost.) You don't like how your opponent is pummeling you, you're gassed, so you lay down and fake a cramp. 

So hats off to the Silver Bullets, who are making it clear that's not a route they'll be taking against the high octane Cal offense:

“There'll be none of that faking stuff,” linebacker Joshua Perry said. “Just go out there and play the game that we play.”

Buckle up, boys and girls, because there's going to be a lot of points thrown up on the scoreboard this weekend in Berkeley. May the best team win honorably. 


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Matt's picture

"(You'll notice how both college teams mentioned above lost.)"
Georgia allegedly faked injuries and lost to Clemson, but Northwestern, alleged to have faked injuries too, beat Cal.  

DJ Byrnes's picture

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  *slinks out of mom's basement*

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Matt's picture

You're still listed as an 11W alumnus in the meet the staff page, DJ.  CLAIM YOUR LAWFUL RIGHT AS CURRENT STAFF

ATXbucknut's picture

Faking injury is lame. Besides, real injuries can prepare one for a successful career after football.

Ahh Saturday's picture

Groin-kick comedy of the highest order.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

awesome gif

Yeti's have feelings too.

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

Gangster shit.
I love this attitude.
Redsk*ns players from last night should take note.

brandonbauer87's picture

I think eventually there will be penalties for faking injuries.  The review official in the booth would have plenty of time to watch replays for fakers during the injury timeout.  They should also disallow substitutions during injury timeouts.  Obviously 1 sub would still get in the game.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

It seems like the minimum they should do now would be to disallow substitutions during injuries (other than the "hurt" guy) and prohibit the teams from meeting with coaches during injury stoppages.  Penalties would be nice if they could enforce it appropriately.

Yeti's have feelings too.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Or better yet ..... if we see you standing there perfectly fine and you all of a sudden fold like a cheap suit, we're going to assume you've suffered brain trauma and sit you for the season until we can be 100% sure you're fine.

Yeti's have feelings too.

brandonbauer87's picture

Kinda comical, but I like it. Always err on the side of caution. 

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

That Michael Bennett quote is fierce.


I remember Seahawks players faking injuries during an AFC playoff game vs. the Bengals back in the late 80s. Sam Wyche's no-huddle offense got the SAME flak as today's college offenses are getting. Funny how things come back around. In fact, I thought the NFL way back then started flagging or charging teams timeouts if the refs thought their players were faking it. Did they change that? Taking away timeouts in a close game for Oscar worthy performances will certainly get their attention.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

JollyFatMan's picture

Good. I've been scanning Cal boards saying we will do the same as Northwestern. We ain't no chumps boys and girls. Man up and adjust or just lose the game. I'd rather lose with honor then win like a bitch. 

How firm thy friendship..

OurHonorDefend09's picture

I mean, OSU's defense has had to practice against OSU's offense the entire offseason. Are they really scared/not conditioned enough to handle Cal's up-tempo offense? I think not.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

BrewstersMillions's picture

You know who won't have to fake injuries?

bodast67's picture

I hope Braxton/Kenny G hang 70 points on these clowns. This is THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY your playing this weekend folks not some bush-league junior college...




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DWright's picture

That is an awesome quote by Michael Bennett. I think he may just give the best interviews of anyone on the team.

TheBadOwl's picture

He also has by far the best twitter on the team. Really funny dude.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

MN Buckeye's picture

Extremely well-spoken, Mr. Bennett. Way to represent, with intelligent answers.
And way to step it up on the field: great game against SDSU!

Nkohl13's picture

Their up tempo won't wear our guys out. They will just have the fastest 3 and outs you have ever seen.

jkrk's picture

If a guy takes a dive, make him sit the half out. Problem solved.

Haybucks's picture

You have to wonder how Cal deciphered Northwestern's plan so quickly.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


pjtobin's picture

I am not one to see any person injured but I hope our d knocks the hot air out of cals offense. You know, nothing major or career ending. Just a good old fashioned suplex or something. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Michael Bennett is a class act. Hope he gets another trifecta on Saturday, all in one play (sack, cause a fumble, recover a fumble).