Lee, Tigers Overpower Shorthanded Gators

Go ahead and say the Gators’ roster was littered with injuries. But that does not excuse 90 yards of penalties for the Gators, which is something the Gators simply CANNOT AFFORD TO DO IF THEY WANT TO WIN ANOTHER GAME.

These weren’t the hustle penalties, either… these were the stupid, completely avoidable procedural penalties that drove Will Muschamp out of his mind and drove me to punt a soccer ball over two neighbors’ fences after the timeout.

Then there was Jarrett Lee, who picked the Gators apart like a surgeon.

Oh and for what it’s worth, the Gators once again got manhandled in the trenches.

Without John Brantley and his backup Jeff Driskel, and top running back Jeff Demps, Florida was no match for LSU, who put the Gators down 41-11.

But there were some positive sparks. Andre Debose has proved to be a legitimate deep threat, albeit in two blowouts, against the best defenses in the nation. He now has a 65 yard TD catch against Alabama and LSU- in both cases, the Gators’ lone offensive highlight.

Although Florida’s young and at times woefully inadequate defensive line got pushed around, they did make a few nice stops. Sure, those were few and far between, but then look at how LSU has run all over a bunch of great teams this year already. LSU has really made a habit of opening up doors halfway and allowing their running backs to lower their shoulders and break them open for big gains.

And then look at the final score. Yes, 41-11 looks humiliating and eerily familiar (Florida beat LSU 51-21 in 2008, thanks in part to Jarrett Lee’s touchdown pass to Brandon Spikes and Jeff Demps’ long run, and those roles were inversed today) but look what they’ve done to other opponents. They were beating Oregon 40-20 in Dallas and the Ducks scored at the last second. They smashed West Virginia 47-20 on their home turf. Now, in their first real test at home- Tiger Stadium- where they lose about as often as a priest loses his virginity- they beat Florida by 30, and it was 23 until about 90 seconds left in the game.

So, last week, our realistic chance at a national championship went out the door. Now, our silly, hopeless dreams of a national championship went out the door- and slammed it on their way out. OK… awesome. I never thought the Gators would be a championship team (though I thought they’d be better than this). I never thought the Gators were better than LSU or Alabama, I thought that maybe the crowd at the Swamp could pull out the Alabama game… but it didn’t happen. So I’m willing to take a step back.

However, our chances at an appearance in the SEC Championship are not only a real possibility, but a certainty if we win out. Now, our schedule gradually get easier. We’re done with the David vs. Goliath games, but we do have another difficult road game against Auburn… who I HATE with a BURNING PASSION. Seriously, they take a backseat only to Georgia in my mind. I actually hate them more than Florida State, because they have the single most annoying habit a team can possibly have.

They beat us by a field goal every year.

Yes, every year.

Doesn’t matter if we’re ranked #1 and they’re not ranked at all (see 1994, 2001) or if we’re still in the top 5 and they’re not (1993, 2006, 2007) or if they’re clearly better than us but we outplay them in a truculent tease by our team… we lose by a field goal…

EVERY…

SINGLE…

TIME!!!

FSU, as much as I can’t stand them, doesn’t do that. That game is pretty much always played fairly, with the better team winning 90% of the time.

Auburn, however, is a different story. They always get that winning field goal to drive Florida fans crazy. Then they rub it in with a mocking Gator Chomp. Oh, and there’s the whole Cam Newton story as well. 5 of the Tigers’ last 6 wins over Florida have been by 3 points, and the one that was not was because of a fumble on a desperation hook and lateral attempt that was taken in for a touchdown as time expired. Auburn won that one 27-17, in 2006.

So, how are we going to beat this team that drives winning field goals through the uprights and drives Gator fans to drink like Tucker Max on a night at the bar?

It won’t be easy by any means, but I actually think Florida’s a whole lot better than they appear. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gene Chizik hangs one of those signs you see on side mirrors on your car: “Warning. Gators on field are closer to our level than they appear.”

Everything has been distorted by Florida’s first four opponents in a too-good way, and by Alabama and LSU in a negative way. In truth, Florida is in the middle of where it has played so far. Only Tennessee gave Florida a somewhat accurate reading of where they are as a team right now- and that’s somewhere in the lowest five of the top 25. I believe they’re a 20-25 team in the nation right now, and will always believe that unless they lose to Georgia or South Carolina (or worse).

Anyway, Florida has to do three out of these five things to win the game.

Consistently take shots downfield

There’s no hiding it anymore- Auburn’s pass defense is really, really bad. And Jacoby Brissett showed that he can throw it deep (ehh… somewhat… but remember, this is against LSU, a top tier defense). The only things Auburn’s defense have in common with LSU’s is that they’re both named the Tigers and they play in the SEC West. And Florida has the personnel to exploit this glaring weakness, this tender area… this pressure point.

Stop the run

This means two things: wrap up on tackles, and get a better push. The d-line did do better than last week, I will say that. But then, Trent Richardson is better than Spencer Ware (no knock on Ware… he’s a great runner… but he’s no TR). If tackles are made by the first guy that has a chance, Michael Dyer won’t have the chance to put up these crazy numbers. And of course if the line gets penetration…. he’ll be ganged up on for losses.

Generate turnovers

What’s a turnover? Gee, I forgot, I haven’t seen one by Florida in a long, long time. They need to remind us next week or they’re in trouble. Giving the offense back to back possessions and getting off the field for long periods of time would be key for this defense. I think a lot of the Gators’ lack of pressure has to do with inexperience and being gassed. Because talent is not the issue. Go look at their last few recruiting classes.

Play smart

This doesn’t mean not taking shots down the field or being conservative. This means, if you’re the QB, and you have a 3rd and 12 and don’t see anybody open and there’s a big rush, take the sack and don’t throw the wounded duck that turns into a pick 6 in a matter of seconds. Or if you’re a running back, don’t run 410 yards laterally just to gain 1, but lower your shoulder, plow forward and get 3. And for god’s sake… LAY OFF THE PENALTIES.

Better blocking

Does anybody remember the nice runs Mike Gillislee and Chris Rainey ripped off today? It’s hard to, because those plays were outnumbered by about 12:1 by the plays where they had no daylight because there was no blocking. Again, this was LSU, but it has to get better to beat a slightly worse team.

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Whatever happens, I believe Florida is a better football team than they were a year ago, but it’s not showing in the scores because Alabama and LSU are just SO much better than THEY were in 2010. Do not get discouraged, fellow Gators, we just lost to two of the top 3 teams in the nation.

I just hope we don’t lose to Auburn by a field goal next year…

25 thoughts on “Lee, Tigers Overpower Shorthanded Gators

  1. I agree with what you have to say here completely. I hate Auburn too lol. But what I don’t understand is why you have to diss Brantley? You say bench him and play Driskel. Are you nuts?? Bench Brantley?? For what???? Working extremely hard and getting his confidence back from being wrecked completely last year? From what I have seen in your posts, you definitely know what you are talking about. However, it pisses me off that it seems like I am the only one who noticed Brantley’s talent a few years ago. This guy looked like a Tom Brady (and he sure as hell did in the Alabama game when all you skeptics said he couldn’t pass downfield) before Addazio came in and gave him a center who had never played center before (we all know about that). But what about when Brantley would get on a passing rhythm and Ole Stevo would pull him out. Or when it would be 3rd and 45 and Brantley would be thrown in. Imagine how horrible of a situation that is to be in. Honestly, the defense knows it’s going to be a pass because the “passing” QB came in and it’s 3rd and long. I could talk all day long about how steve retard messed his confidence up. But why can’t people like you see it? Give Brantley a chance. He is not simply a game managing quarterback. I hope he comes back and wins the SEC championship. This most likely won’t happen though because our defense is complete crap right now. I just saw Brantley passing the year we wrecked every team after the Ole Miss loss and he looked super sharp. Oh I forgot to mention, he had god awful play from his receivers last year too. Tim Tebow had Percy Harvin, Louis Murphy, Riley Cooper, Aaron Hernandez, and Bubba Caldwell. Who did Brantley have? Butterfingers Thompson dropped too many deep passes. Carl Moore dropped too many passes as well. Half the passes weren’t even vertical so we wouldn’t have even known if we had NFL receivers (Thanks Steve). Point is, Brantley was forced into a situation that no other QB has had to deal with before that I have seen at least. I just hope you consider what I have to say because I know Brantley has it in him. Just give him a chance

  2. I agree with what you have to say here completely. I hate Auburn too lol. But what I don’t understand is why you have to diss Brantley? You say bench him and play Driskel. Are you nuts?? Bench Brantley?? For what???? Working extremely hard and getting his confidence back from being wrecked completely last year? From what I have seen in your posts, you definitely know what you are talking about. However, it pisses me off that it seems like I am the only one who noticed Brantley’s talent a few years ago. This guy looked like a Tom Brady (and he sure as hell did in the Alabama game when all you skeptics said he couldn’t pass downfield) before Addazio came in and gave him a center who had never played center before (we all know about that). But what about when Brantley would get on a passing rhythm and Ole Stevo would pull him out. Or when it would be 3rd and 45 and Brantley would be thrown in. Imagine how horrible of a situation that is to be in. Honestly, the defense knows it’s going to be a pass because the “passing” QB came in and it’s 3rd and long. I could talk all day long about how steve retard messed his confidence up. But why can’t people like you see it? Give Brantley a chance. He is not simply a game managing quarterback. I hope he comes back and wins the SEC championship. This most likely won’t happen though because our defense is complete crap right now. I just saw Brantley passing the year we wrecked every team after the Ole Miss loss and he looked super sharp. Oh I forgot to mention, he had god awful play from his receivers last year too. Tim Tebow had Percy Harvin, Louis Murphy, Riley Cooper, Aaron Hernandez, and Bubba Caldwell. Who did Brantley have? Butterfingers Thompson dropped too many deep passes. Carl Moore dropped too many passes as well. Half the passes weren’t even vertical so we wouldn’t have even known if we had NFL receivers (Thanks Steve). Point is, Brantley was forced into a situation that no other QB has had to deal with before that I have seen at least. I just hope you consider what I have to say because I know Brantley has it in him. Just give him a chance

  3. I put this embarrassment almost completely on the defense. We weren’t destined to win, but they should have played better today than last week and they definitely didn’t. Our offense played better, and did it with a 3rd string QB whose never snapped in a college game, no Demps, 93,000 screaming LSU fans, a limited playbook, and against the #1-2 defense in the nation.

    LSU does NOT have a potent offense. To give them 40+ points (worse than Kentucky by the way) is pretty disgusting considering our personnel. I don’t care how young a guy he is, if he’s good enough to be a starter on Florida’s defense he better play like it. Those bright spots being referred to in this article don’t matter, giving up 250 yards rushing for the second week in a row along with 200 passing is what matters. A single great defensive play doesn’t have the impact that a single offensive play can have, there has to be consistency. Dan Quinn needs to figure it out. He has no excuses for letting us get ripped like that. And for all this talk that the offense has to help the D out, our guys on D should have been prepared to be on that field all day and they obviously weren’t.

  4. Also want to point out that losing these two games is not the disappointing part. We all expected this outcome to a certain extent. However, losing by 30 points and giving up 250+ rushing in back to back weeks is bad news… VERY BAD news. A great way to set the team up for being second tier to LSU, Bama, Auburn for a loooong time. Hard to attract the best guys when they see utter domination like that. I have all the hope in the world that we’ll be back on top in a year or two, but this could turn into a Tennessee of the late 2000’s type of story, and that would be just sad.

    If you look back at how things have gone in our history and the direction they are going, it’s hard to argue. We haven’t lost back to games this bad since the 70’s. Meyer’s first season losses were all close with the exception of Alabama. Zook losses were always followed up with a solid win. This is new territory for Gator football, and it doesn’t matter that Alabama and LSU are really good. They were good last year and all the years before that since their coaches took over. The fact is that BOTH teams are significantly better than us this year than they were last year, and that trend will continue if some miraculous event doesn’t save this team from looking completely broken this season.

  5. Lemans created a second account ?

    Holy christ man.

    1. Even mentioning Brantley in the same breath as Brady is beyond laughable.

    2. Steve-O didn’t give him someone who hadn’t played center before; Meyer did.

    3. The coaches didn’t put him in bad situations; the boosters did. JB was not supposed to be an Urban Meyer QB. Urban Meyer runs the spread. In 2006, very late in the process, JB mysteriously decommitted from Texas and committed to Florida, even though Florida already had Tebow AND a freakishly gifted recruit named Newton. Then, mysteriously, Brantley’s competition was sent packing, no new competition was brought in. It was so bad, Meyer tied to get out before being made to try to make chicken salad out of chicken shit.

    4. Brantley was forced into a situation no other qb has had to deal with before that you have seen ? Then I guess you missed the 2006 BCS title year where Chris Leak piloted the team when he was horribly miscast. All after the character assassination he took during 2005 and the constant “we want Tebow” calls at every single turn of the 2006. During Q1 vs OSU when he was perfect, the calls quieted. Then, AFTER the season ended and his career ended with a BCS title, all of a sudden Chris Leak became a revered QB.

  6. CAGator +1 – Neil you are a delusional. This team is broken. No great players. Can’t win with no great players. And they aren’t just going to appear as freshman. It’ll be a good 3 or 4 years until we even can compete for an SEC championship.

  7. To thebone: Just stop talking dude you don’t even know what you’re talking about. Steve was the offensive line coach and coordinator. He had control over who was center, and who were the guards. You also didn’t know that Brantley was ahead of Newton on the depth chart. Also, Chris Leak was nothing like what Brantley had to go through. At least Leak had wide receivers to pass to and a center that wouldn’t snap the ball 50 feet over his head. I just knew Brantley was going to have a breakout season and he was on the way to having one until he HAD to get injured. Yes, injuries are part of the game I understand that. But lets end this notion that Brantley is a bad passer right here right now. [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7zXAEtqMpI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7zXAEtqMpI [/url]

  8. “You also didn’t know that Brantley was ahead of Newton on the depth chart. ”

    LMAO

    Yeah, ok. John Brantley, timid pocket passer, outplayed Cam Newton, the ultimate spread quarterback, future #1 DC, Heisman winner, national champion and good NFL rookie qb.

    There were no politics involved eh ?

    I know full well about Brantley thanks, right back to his recruitment.

    Brantley was on his way to a breakout season ? A 5th year 4/5 star senior had one GOOD half of football.

    My word, what is with the JB fanatics ?

    Is his entire immediate and extended family registering here ?

    Pretty much everything that happened last year was on Meyer and the boosters, moreso the boosters for the position they put Meyer in.

    I don’t believe many people questioned his passing ability; the ball looks pretty leaving his hand. It’s the decisions he makes on where to go to that I (and others) question.

  9. “You also didn’t know that Brantley was ahead of Newton on the depth chart. ”

    LMAO

    Yeah, ok. John Brantley, timid pocket passer, outplayed Cam Newton, the ultimate spread quarterback, future #1 DC, Heisman winner, national champion and good NFL rookie qb.

    There were no politics involved eh ?

    I know full well about Brantley thanks, right back to his recruitment.

    Brantley was on his way to a breakout season ? A 5th year 4/5 star senior had one GOOD half of football.

    My word, what is with the JB fanatics ?

    Is his entire immediate and extended family registering here ?

    Pretty much everything that happened last year was on Meyer and the boosters, moreso the boosters for the position they put Meyer in.

    I don’t believe many people questioned his passing ability; the ball looks pretty leaving his hand. It’s the decisions he makes on where to go to that I (and others) question.

  10. Well, he did outplay Cam Newton, that is why he went in during the 2008 year once Tebow was taken out. Get facts to back up your claim sir. Yes Scam Newton was a good spread QB and he has a cannon for an arm, but they must have seen something in Brantley if he was 2nd string behind Tebow. Plus, what is it with gator fans these days. Did we get so spoiled with Tebow that we can’t handle having a pure pocket passer for a QB? Every QB must be an extremely emotional monster who can truck everyone in sight and pass when needed? I simply ask that Brantley be given a chance and I think he has done his job this year, and done it well. I have no complaints and trust me I am a huge gator fan and I don’t mind having a pocket passer as a quarterback.

  11. Ktring, dont argue with thebone, the guy is crazy and he is refusing to accept anything but a spread type QB. All he does is try and prove his point and every game that JB played in, continually proved him wrong and he would keep his hater glasses on lol. He is a joke, and he will NEVER admit to what your saying, and for god sakes, the guy thinks after driskels 3 games I think now, with collective picks that he is the better QB right not then JB. Trust me Ktring, save your energy and dont give this guy the time of day, he knows nothing.

  12. LOL

    Yeah, ok, he outplayed him.

    It clearly showed last year who was better suited for the spread.

    Brantley’s family and Newton’s issues got him promoted. Nothing more.

    Just remember this – Meyer preferred a cracked eggshell Tebow over Brantley

  13. LOL

    Yeah, ok, he outplayed him.

    It clearly showed last year who was better suited for the spread.

    Brantley’s family and Newton’s issues got him promoted. Nothing more.

    Just remember this – Meyer preferred a cracked eggshell Tebow over Brantley

  14. Great, provide me with the quote where I said Driskel was better right now.

    My contention has always been to get the kids ready for NEXT year.

    You’re miserable liar, plain and simple.

    Oh, and JB proved me wrong on nothing. He shat the bed vs Bama, like I said he would.

  15. See lol, you can always magically find stats when YOU want too, but b/c your wrong you cant admit it. Bro JUST ADMIT YOU WERE WRONG, my god bone, no one is gonna go crazy on you for being a man about it.

    JB threw for I think 190 yds, in the FIRST HALF. Yeah just in case you didnt know, that was against Bama. He threw a pick 6, right before getting sacked, so Ill give you that one. THis doesnt make the entire game though, and before the half we were moving the ball for maybe another score, but of course your hater glasses didnt see that did you??? Right did you?? They were probably fogged hater glasses I think too, the way you talk.

  16. That pick six wasn’t even his fault! Brantley had god awful blocking and then he got hit right as he threw forcing the interception.

  17. Cant comment for sure if he got hit, but ill go look back at that moment and see if he did and then confirm it. Its possible, but I thought he just threw it by mistake, but ill comment when I know for sure.

  18. They got off to a quick start.

    The production stopped.

    The pick 6 happened to put them in the hole.

    Moving the ball MAYBE for another score?

    Maybe ?

    You sound like Longhorns fans who don’t acknowledge Bama’s win.

    In the game I watched, Florida hit a deep bomb immediately. They drover again and Brantley and Rainey really fucked up in the flats and instead of a 14-0 lead, it was 10-0.

    Florida’s points came on their first two drives.

    As for Florida maybe scoring before the half, maybe is a pile of donkey shit – they got into the red zone and got their asses sacked out of makeable field goal range. Let’s not pretend like something magic happened to prevent this – it’s exactly as I said – when there was lots of field, they moved the ball, but when the field shortened, they couldn’t do anything.

    Have you ever heard the term “bend but don’t break” ?

    What we know is this:

    Florida scored on their first 2 possessions then nothing after that. TD, FG, INT, Punt, Punt, missed FG

    Meanwhile Bama really wasn’t having a hard time – FG, TD, Punt, TD, knee.

    Where is the quote where I said Driskel is better right now ?

  19. Yeha, you’re right. One of the first things they teach you is to make sure, as often as possible, you throw off your back foot, preferably while falling away and especially in the middle of the field.

  20. Why are we even talking Brantley, he is gone now and until he comes back there is nothing we can do

  21. Brissett and Driskel should start the rest of the season, we are not winning it all regardless so let the young guys play

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