Originally Posted by traderumor
Whether its discipline or not, the more cycles they run through just to get the freaking ball snapped is going to cause false starts. Seriously, you don't think a hard count, when your sitting there on your haunches, isn't going to make you twitch, which is all it takes for a false start? I think it is very plausible. Discipline, yes. Could CP's hard counts and check offs, etc. be exacerbating the problem? I think it is very possible.
I would say that the number of offsides on hard counts vs. the number of false starts from going through long counts is not a win, but a net loss. Rarely does the hard count draw the D offsides, but the long counts make it harder and harder for an offensive lineman not to flinch, esp. when he is trying to get off the ball first.
That I'm the first one that you've heard suggest it is not an argument. I actually think it is just as silly to not consider the QB's role in false starts.
It all comes back to the offensive coordinator. If Carson's hard counts aren't being executed properly then it's up to the OC to coach him up and get it fixed.
Your example doesn't reflect well on the OC