Gator Gadgets: Taking Advantage of Motivation

For some unfathomable reason, opponents love pissing the Gators off. Whenever somebody beats Florida, they mock the Gators with the Chomp.

Or talk trash.

Perhaps nobody was better at dealing with that than the Florida coaching staff.

After the 2007 Georgia game, in which the Bulldogs staged their Dunce Dunce Revolution, Urban Meyer was waiting outside strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti’s door later the next night.

“What’s up Coach?” Marotti asked.

“Hey Mick. Listen, we need that memory to be in our hearts for 12 full months.”

“No problem. I’m on it,” replied coach Marotti.

Was he?

Well, if you call making the Gators do 165 situps (one for every Knowshon Moreno yard gained), 42 pushups (one for every Georgia point) and 6 minutes of chinups (one for every UGA touchdown) being on it, then yes, sir he was.

But the kicker: The offense had to do it too. Even though they had nothing to do with the defense’s performance, they were subject to the same conditioning drills.

The result? Florida 49, Georgia 10, timeout Florida, timeout Florida.

Upon arriving at Tennessee in 2007, Eric Berry vowed to “silence” the Florida crowd. And he did not disappoint, picking Tebow off to cut the Florida lead to 28-20.

Then Meyer got involved.

He gathered his starting 22 and warned them, “If you don’t win by 4 touchdowns, you’re going to have to deal with Coach Mick again. You don’t want that… do you?”

The Gators calmly walked back onto the field and proceeded to tear the Vols to shreds.

Final Score: Florida 59, Tennessee 20.

Later that year, Geno Hayes vowed to “take Tebow down”.

How did Tebow respond?

By taking Hayes down on an option pitch in which he made a truly awesome block on Hayes.

And by crushing the Seminoles, 45-12.

A year later, Ricky Jean Francois vowed to “take Tebow out of the game. They’ve got a trained medical staff at Florida, don’t they? If you get hurt on Saturday, then you can go to the medical facility on Sunday.”

What did Tebow do?

Crushed the Tigers and sent them back heauxme (couldn’t resist) with a 51-21 whopping.

Then there was the Lane Kiffin deal in 2009, and although Florida struggled, they still got the win.

But the fire, the intensity, the burning desire for revenge must back.

Who am I kidding? We’ll never regain the passion of Urban Meyer (the old version). All we can do now is hope that the new kid on the block can have some intensity. He doesn’t have to be caught on youtube jumping into players’ arms, chest bumping them and screaming obscenities. He doesn’t have to be nicknamed Coach Boom. He simply doesn’t have to be known for his intensity, he just has to have just enough.

Ah. But he has, he is and he does.

There’s nobody better at getting his guys ready to play a big game than Mickey Marotti. In fact, the only person that I can think of that might be better is…

Will Muschamp.

He’s got to put friendships and relationships aside (with Georgia, FSU, Alabama, Auburn and LSU) and get his teams ready for war in each of those games.

Who the hell do I think I’m kidding? Asking Will Muschamp to have his guys ready to go is like asking the cops to arrest somebody when he’s been caught on video with rape.

You’ll get the same reaction: Don’t you worry.

15 thoughts on “Gator Gadgets: Taking Advantage of Motivation

  1. Neil “Bring it Son!”

    Can you say [b]BOOM[/b]:o

    Urban was hard core in the first 4+ years. Add Spikes & Tebow to the mix, Oh yah!!!

    But it was the “Great and Powerful Wizard of DAZ” :p That brought so, much all out intesity and execution in 2010.

    Can you say cold shower? Sure, I knew you could

  2. Great article Neil! Biggest thing that sticks out for me is the obvious fire in Muschamp’s belly. Sadly lacking across the board in 2010, defense, offense, quaterback and coaching staff. Football is not a gentleman’s sport despite the new rules of engagement.

  3. Mongo:

    R.O.E nice analogy.

    A little intensity and execution would be a nice change. How about the BEASTS we once had on the “D” line.

    Or the O line “Great Wall of Florida” (Reaching way back now)

  4. BOOM! Muschamp will have em fired up for every game! Just imagine Tim Tebow’s passion+Meyer’s brain= BOOM!

  5. 347 & buc15 I can you guys have a sense of humor we have to stay in touch during games lol.

  6. “Upon arriving at Tennessee in 2007, Eric Berry vowed to “silence” the Florida crowd. And he did not disappoint, picking Tebow off to cut the Florida lead to 28-20.

    Then Meyer got involved.

    He gathered his starting 22 and warned them, “If you don’t win by 4 touchdowns, you’re going to have to deal with Coach Mick again. You don’t want that… do you?””

    What’s the first incident in this “deal with coach Mick again” story ?

    Based on the way it’s laid out, we’re to believe it was post Georgia which we know is not true.

    If the fear of going to coach Mick again was was ingrained into them by Mid-September of 2007 (Tennessee game) then 2007 really shouldn’t have happened. They shouldn’t have been bullied by Auburn. They shouldn’t have been bullied by Georgia. And they certainly shouldn’t have been bullied by LSU, a game where Les Miles earned the nickname “Riverboat gambler’ because LSU converted FIVE 4th downs vs Florida.

    Seems like the “fear of Mickey” only existed for 2008 because they were pushed around in 2007 and in 2009

  7. [b]347 & buc15 I can you guys have a sense of humor we have to stay in touch during games lol.[/b]

    Atlanta & Buc15 you’re on.

    You can never have enough friends.
    Hey, all I can say is thank the Lord I’m married (and she can’t see real well). :p
    This will be a long, long off season. 🙁

    If anyone here frequents the G’ville Sun’s Forum or Orlando you can appreciate this. They get arrogant, ugly, and condescending. Plus, it is full of trolls.
    But so far, this BLOG & forum is REAL Nice; Kudos. I hope more people find it.

  8. Actually, Urban got pissed at the defense the week before the UT game against Troy for blowing a 49-7 halftime lead and cutting it to 52-31 midway through the 4th quarter. The Gators defense had to report to the weight room and had to do a total of 31 minutes of chin ups throughout the week.

  9. lol I’ve stopped going to the G’ville Sun & Orlando Sentinel for that very reason. To many trolls in the water for me. I only go to the [b]GOOD[/b] Gator sites now. 🙂
    P.S.- don’t go anywhere near the Miami Herald blog sites. That place is rude, nasty, stupid, and filled to the brim with trolls. Plus the articles the guy rights aren’t very good to begin with.:D

  10. So where was the fear of Mickey when Georgia, LSU and Auburn pushed them around ?

    The 2007 Gators were Rocky 1, and the 2009 Gators were Rocky 3.

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