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Sunday, October 7, 2012
Patriots & the no-huddle offense

By Mike Reiss

In his weekly "Sunday NFL Blitz" column on the National Football Post website, Dan Pompei writes on the increased use of the no-huddle offense around the NFL.

After four weeks of play, 14.6 percent of all snaps have been in no huddle this year, according to STATS. Last year, only 9.3 percent of snaps were from no huddle. In 2008, the percentage was 7.1.

And this isn’t just offenses trying to play catchup as the clock winds down. Outside of the last three minutes of the half, offenses have taken 13.9 percent of their snaps from no huddle.

“It’s a trend,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “A lot of people are doing it.”

The Patriots, from this viewpoint, were among those who started this trend. The no-huddle approach has been a big part of their attack for years.

Pompei also shares statistics showing how the Patriots are among the league-leaders in using the no-huddle.

The team that has used it more than any other, surprise, surprise, is the Dolphins. With rookie Ryan Tannehill operating almost the same offense he ran at Texas A&M, the Dolphins have gone no huddle an astounding 61.8 percent of the time.

Next are the Ravens (54.2 percent), Broncos (45.6 percent), Patriots (32.8 percent), Packers (29.3 percent), Eagles (23.8 percent), Lions (20 percent), Chiefs 19.8 percent), Steelers (18.7 percent) and Falcons (18.5 percent).