Gators Need To Focus On Getting Better, Not Payback

I seriously doubt there is a single Gator fan in existence that does not remember the fake field goal by LSU last year to save the game for the Tigers and seal a win in the Swamp.

That was one of the games that Steve Addazio got plenty of help from his defense and special teams and still lost. Of course, if the offense functions at all then there’s a 50-something next to Florida’s name on the scoreboard and there’s nothing to worry about, but still, had the football not bounced like a basketball on Derek Helton’s pitch to Josh Jasper the Gators would have won.

But forget that for a minute. There were obvious deficiencies that were concealed a year ago until Alabama exposed them, and instead of getting together to discuss the issues and how to solve them, Urban Meyer took a Tylenol for his chest pains and took a nap, and the rest of the coaches followed the leader. The rest of them, that is, but Addazio.

Steve Addazio isolated himself in his room and worked on a number of things in his free time. They included writing invitations to linebackers for free trips through the A-gap tunnel and into the backfield, drawing up more creative ways to throw 3 yard hitch routes, and how to turn one of your most explosive players (Trey Burton) into a QB despite his obvious inability to throw the ball.

This coaching staff is nothing like this, as they are all hard workers who follow Will Muschamp’s (and, I guess, Nick Saban’s) example of not leaving the office until the problem appears fixed. Then, it gets tested out in practice and if there are still problems, get right back in there and work on them some more until it’s fixed for real.

So forget working on fake posters with phony quotes from Jarrett Lee. Forget stomping on the eye of the Tiger or telling your band to spell out “Geaux Heauxme You Heauxmeauxs” or anything silly like that. Don’t even think about doing the Gator Chomp after a score. Just play football. Work on your issues.

This is what I want to see in Baton Rouge:

Better blocking

The blocking was simply horrendous against Alabama. Horrendous as in Steve Addazio horrendous. Maybe even worse. It’s got be reversed against a nasty Tiger defense that will harass Jeff Driskel 24/7. If Florida wants any chance whatsoever, they have to block a decillion times better than they did last week. This will free up Rainey and Demps, who were grounded a week ago completely, which should open up one on one matchups for Driskel to exploit and slowly gain comfortability as Florida’s QB.

More pressure

Not only did AJ McCarron have all day to throw, not only did Trent Richardson take handoffs and have enough time to play eenie-meenie-minie-moe over which gap to rumble through, the Gators often sent a heavy number of defenders and produced ZERO pressure. The Gators absolutely cannot allow Jarrett Lee any time to throw, because he can hurt Florida deep. And if Michael Ford or Spencer Ware get comfortable running up the gut… game over.

Driskel slowly worked in

Warm him up with soft, easy tosses to Rainey and Demps on screen plays, and if LSU covers them to start with, toss an easy hitch route to Burton or Jordan Reed. Slowly get him acclimated with being a Florida QB, and eventually begin to exploit those one on one mismatches that Charlie Weis is so fond of.

Great special teams

It was special teams that ultimately doomed the Gators last year, despite Andre Debose returning a kick for a TD. It could doom Florida once again if they aren’t very careful of Lesprechaun Miles and his bag of tricks.

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It’s a business. The Gators have issues that need fixing. This is a business trip to Baton Rouge, and if the business part goes well, then the fun can begin.

23 thoughts on “Gators Need To Focus On Getting Better, Not Payback

  1. Great article man, I just want to see good football from our boys. LSU will probably win but we are gearing up for the future now. We need to work in some other running backs besides Demps and Rainey especially if they get shut down again.

  2. Yep. The Gators need to be more business like in this game. But I don’t think that means that they shouldn’t do the CHOMP at all. I mean that really doesn’t have anything to do with revenge. At least I don’t think.:p
    And if our o-line blocking does not get any better in this game I think Muschamp should send these guys a message and sit them for a few series or possibly even a full quarter in the next game. Those guys should not have performed that badly against Alabama.

  3. I need to ask. Why are you (and some others) absolutely insistent on pinning everything on Adazzio ?

    He needs SOME of the blame, but he was put in that position by his BOSS so he needs to absorb some blame. There is also more blame to go around.

    Neil, did you get my private message ?

  4. I need to ask. Why are you (and some others) absolutely insistent on pinning everything on Adazzio ?

    He needs SOME of the blame, but he was put in that position by his BOSS so he needs to absorb some blame. There is also more blame to go around.

    Neil, did you get my private message ?

  5. I need to ask. Why are you (and some others) absolutely insistent on pinning everything on Adazzio ?

    He needs SOME of the blame, but he was put in that position by his BOSS so he needs to absorb some blame. There is also more blame to go around.

    Neil, did you get my private message ?

  6. I have never believed it was all his fault. I believe 95% was his fault, and that the other 5% was a combination of different things.
    Brantley sucking, Urbs having his head in the clouds, no leadership, problems with the special teams, and just plain bad luck.
    And I don’t give him most of the blame for the 2009 SEC Championship game. I give most of it to Mr. Dunlap.

  7. So, %95 of the blame goes to Adazzio ?

    What about his boss who promoted him ? Meyer either knew he wasn’t capable and promoted him anyway, or he didn’t know which shows Meyer was detached from the program more than people think.

    Or, how about the fact that they weren’t recruiting spread able QBs all along ?

    I have a theory I am waiting to post as soon as Neil responds to my private message.

  8. So, %95 of the blame goes to Adazzio ?

    What about his boss who promoted him ? Meyer either knew he wasn’t capable and promoted him anyway, or he didn’t know which shows Meyer was detached from the program more than people think.

    Or, how about the fact that they weren’t recruiting spread able QBs all along ?

    I have a theory I am waiting to post as soon as Neil responds to my private message.

  9. This is why I give 1% of the blame to Meyer. He obviously made the wrong decision in promoting Dumbazio to OC. Now like you said, he was either to stupid to know it was a bad decision (unlikely) or he just didn’t give a fuck. And that could very well be true.

  10. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/517177-out-of-the-replay-booth-after-further-review-steve-addazio-is-retarded

    “There were obvious deficiencies that were concealed a year ago until Alabama exposed them, and instead of getting together to discuss the issues and how to solve them, Urban Meyer took a Tylenol for his chest pains and took a nap, and the rest of the coaches followed the leader. The rest of them, that is, but Addazio.

    Steve Addazio isolated himself in his room and worked on a number of things in his free time. They included writing invitations to linebackers for free trips through the A-gap tunnel and into the backfield, drawing up more creative ways to throw 3 yard hitch routes, and how to turn one of your most explosive players (Trey Burton) into a QB despite his obvious inability to throw the ball.”

    Show me where I said it’s 100 percent Addazio’s fault and not Urban’s at all.

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