The no-huddle offense has become a staple of the NFL in 2013 but Sam Wyche, who introduced the system to the league in the 1980s, has revealed that the NFL tried to put a stop to it when he was coaching the Cincinnati Bengals.
Wyche, whose Bengals used the no-huddle during the 1988 season to reach the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills, told Newsday that then-commissioner Pete Rozelle told him two hours before that game that his team would be penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct if it ran the hurry-up.
“We’d been using it for five years, that’s all we used all season long, we had the No. 1 offense in football, that’s all we practiced all week long, that’s how we got to the AFC championship. And then two hours before he said ‘You can’t use that,’ ” he said.