My Take On John Brantley

Ryan already covered this, I know, but I’m going to go into a little more detail. I’ll be honest: I know a fair amount about defense, but not enough to coach it.

With offense, however….

Since I work with offense at my high school as a GA, (if you don’t know what that is, think of it as a unpaid position the level below coaching) I certainly know enough to write the kind of scathing reviews of Steve Addazio that I posted on bleacherreport throughout last season.

Type in your most trusted search engine “After Further Review, Steve Addazio Is A Moron”. I would give you the link to it but I’m not going to because I want yall to see just how many views it got, and no, this is not to brag- it’s to show you (yes you, bone) that everyone so fullheartedly agreed with my stuff that they reproduced it onto at least four or five different websites.

But now Steve Addazio is gone, and although it’s fun to rip on him, I already did that.

So let’s talk about John Brantley.

Like I said in my Jacoby Brissett article, John Brantley has shown tremendous potential- to run the option play for two yard losses, to throw gorgeous interceptions into triple coverage and to play his best game during crunch time.

His best game, that is, of twiddly thumbs.

Having said that, John Brantley has shown flashes of brilliance. But they were few and far between in 2010, and a good chunk of them came against the weaker teams, like Miami Ohio.


No, John Brantley couldn’t even….


I am going to STOP HERE.

You know what? I can’t continue with this anti-Brantley tirade, because even though I’m a big fan of being fair and spreading blame where it belongs, I can’t rip him much more.

Yes, Brantley was inaccurate, made bad decisions, checked down way too often, etc.

The only thing I saw wrong with him that was directly his fault was that he was soft. He had no leadership, he couldn’t bounce back from bad performances, etc.

But even that was Addazio’s fault.

Look. The offensive coordinator has always been directly responsible for the team’s offense, unless the head coach is the one running the offense, then it’s the head coach’s responsibility.

Here are the issues that Steve Addazio had that caused the decadence of John Brantley.

1) Refused Urban Meyer’s request to fix the offense to fit John Brantley’s style.

Meyer had said before the season that he would tweak the offense to fit John Brantley. Did anybody see that? This must have been part of Urban’s new stess free routine, right?

Even worse, Addazio blamed it on Brantley and refused to realize the fact that the offense is made of 11 players. Rather, he basically told Brantley, “I’m sorry the offense isn’t working, and I know my play calling sucks, but it’s your fault and going to rotate QB’s.”

Yes, Steve, that three headed clusterf*ck that you created is utterly brilliant. Because now you can run that spread that you wet your pants at night over, instead of realizing that you are working with one of the most hyped recruits in the nation and tinkering with the offense to fit him.

2) Play-calling/ Offensive Style

Yeah, we all know this already. Addazio’s play-calling would have caused a tornado had it sucked or blown any more. But as much as it hurt us fans to watch it, it hurt John Brantley twiceover to run it.

Brantley was never comfortable. Anybody with an idiot’s degree in how to run an offense could see that.

So why didn’t you, Oh Great Stupid One? We all know Brantley has a good arm and is about as mobile as Touchdown Jesus.


Oh, man. We’ll see about that when Charlie Weis works with him. If he still sucks, then I reserve the right to change my mind.

3) Knows That Brantley Is Sensitive, And Doesn’t Do A Damned Thing About It

What do you mean? So John Brantley isn’t unbreakable like wolverine?

No, he’s not only very easily broken, but there should be a sign that says “Caution: sensitive material. Do not touch!!!” on the back of his jersey. Addazio exploited Brantley’s only known weakness out of high school- vulnerability- and used it to slowly dismantle everything this guy has aside from his actual body.

First when what little leadership Brantley had, if any. Brantley clearly was a misfit in the system, but a real leader would have done something about it. Had he been a real man, either he would have gone up to Steve Addazio- yeah, right, nobody escapes King Steve’s chamber alive!- and asked him to install plays to fit his talents, or he would have tries his hardest to become a fit in the spread.

But Addazio so destroyed his confidence that THIS HAPPENED.

Remember this, anybody? Yeah, that’s right. It’s from one of Ryan’s posts on Yes, you have seen it before. Does this not perfectly illustrate what I just said?

But, oh, silly me. What would an offensive coordinator POSSIBLY want to be bothered by his QB in such an intense moment for?

Maybe Addazio so scared Brantley that he was afraid to talk to him.

But again, it is Addazio’s responsibility to try to make Brantley comfortable, because like it or not, he’s your QB, and the measure of a coach is what you do with what you have.

So let’s some it all up. Addazio destroyed Brantley’s confidence, and it showed on the field. In the Miami Ohio game, Brantley threw a great deep ball, and Deonte Thompson just dropped it. After that, Brantley didn’t really throw any good depp passes.

So John Brantley sucked, but it was all caused by Steve Addazio.



15 thoughts on “My Take On John Brantley

  1. Great article Neil I love good Dumbazzio roast! I heard from a few people with knowledge that Brantley and Dumbazzio got into a few shouting matches at practice all dealing with play calling. Brantley has to prove himself because I think he sucks because he. sucks. Brantley practiced spread offense everyday four 4 years and when game time came he was clueless. I know Dumbazzio was horrible but Brantley had more to do with this horrible offense than your giving him credit for…. the tornado comment, priceless! BOOM!

  2. Thanks man, making fun of Addazio during the season was fun, watching him dismantle the great Florida offense was not, so it was balanced out. But now that the latter won’t be happening anymore, it’s twice as fun o make fun of Addazio because there’s nothing stupid that he’s doing to Florida to hurt them. Addazio took Brantley, a talented pro style QB and wrecked everything in him.

  3. Poor Steve.:( Why don’t you guys pick on someone who’s not quite as mentally handicapped next time. You guys are just meanies who get your jollies off of picking on retards because it’s to easy. You all should be ashamed.

  4. I’ve never made any secret about my dislike of Adazzio.

    Here’s an email chain between myself and an employee of mine :


    From: T
    Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2011 3:07 PM
    To: K
    Subject: Re: another hottie – jenny lynn

    Hey see what’s happening in gatorland ?

    Charlie weis for oc !!!!!!

    Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry Torch on MY OWN home network.


    From: K

    Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 15:12:31 -0400

    To: T

    Subject: RE: aanother hottie – jenny lynn

    Well, he is the main reason the Chiefs don’t suck for the first time since Herm Edwards took over.


    From: T
    Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2011 6:01 PM
    To: K
    Subject: Re: another hottie – jenny lynn


    Such a refreshing change from adazzio

    Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry Torch on MY OWN home network.


    From: K
    Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2011 08:49:07 -0400
    To: T
    Subject: RE: another hottie – jenny lynn

    You’ll dump the Gators for the Owls before the season is out.


    Now that THAT’S out of the way.

    Just as much has to fall on Brantley. As much as it pains me to say it, even the low ceilinged Adazzio was limited in his playcalling because of Brantley.

    Remember, Brantley coming out of HS was like Shane Matthews when Spurrier arrived – piling up numbers against teams geared toward the run.

    There are three types of people in this world when it comes to performance:

    1. The Aura Vampires. These people thrive when the eyes are on them. Think of guys who lift more weights when people are watching, using fear of perceived weakness to channel extra power.

    2. The McGaws. Patrick McGaw played a character named “Neutron” in the great movie “The Basketball Diaries.” I consider them neutrons because, well, we all know how Neutrons behave.

    3. The Gibbons. A double meaning, really. Partly because these people skipped a stage of evolution because their performance when eyes are watching is similar to apes tossing their feces around when a crowd appears.

    The Second part is in reference to John Gibbons. Remember My Cousin Vinny ? The public defender who was so convincing when he was talking to the guys alone, outside the court room ? Remember what happened when it mattered, when eyes were watching ? He not only turned into a stuttering mess, but he started making the prosecution’s case for it.

    These are the idiots who freeze up when people are watching. The people whose typing skills go to shit if you are standing over their shoulder. That’s John Brantley.

    Because that’s Brantley, any play caller faces a unique set of challenges.

  5. @ coach bone

    How will Brantley do under Weis? Everyone seems to be giving him the nod as the starter how do you feel about that?

  6. I honestly don’t know what to make of it.

    On the one hand, Weis did work miracles with Brady Quinn. On the other hand, the Gators aren’t winning anything of note this year and Brantley’s done – why invest in that when you have two athletic studs coming in ? Myself, I’d get the kids ramped up to SEC football as quickly as possible so in 2012 there are no “first timer jitters” to worry about.

    Of course, Weis could be a one and done so he may stick with Brantley if Brantley shows anything.

    The Weis thing still puzzles me. I have a theory, but I that’s for another time.

  7. Now you’ll get two opinions, even though you asked for one. To me, the key is Weis helping Brantley regain his confidence, because we know Brantley is capable of throwing a great deep ball. In my opinion, Brantley’s confidence was wrecked by Addazio and it led him to make mistake after mistake. Brantley had a lot of hype coming out of high school and if Weis is half the coach I think he is, he will resurrect that talent and it will show. Bone: agree? Disagree?

  8. The ball looks good leaving his hands; whether he can hit the mark consistently is another matter.

    Here’s my concern:

    Weis’ offense is not that different than what Brantley “ran” last year.

    People think “pro style” with Weis because he coached in the pros. Now, admittedly, he does have a more rounded route tree, but his offense is, and has been, rooted in the spread. He loves to spread the ball out, throwing quick hit passes with small drops, taking the occasional shot downfield.

    While Adazzio ran a lot of curls, there was still a lot of slants and drags.

    Honestly, to me, just as important as Weis is Aubrey Hill – Florida’s receivers need to be able to get off the line for Weis’ offense to run.

    Of course, then it falls to bed-shitter to hit them in stride to really make it work.

  9. I don’t think Weis is leaving soon he came to Florida to coach with his son so I’m guessing we’re getting at least 4 years of service. I’m going on record Brantley should not start, if Aaron Murray can play as a true freshmen so can Driskel. Thanks Neil your opinions are always welcomed buddy.

  10. And coach bone is correct Weis offense was the “pro style” version of Meyer’s offense its spread just not spread option. Brantley had games like the FSU where he had time in the pocket and still stunk it up. If your confidence is easily broke don’t come play big boy football. Driskel knows how to play with a losing team he did it in high school and the guy brought his “A” game every Friday night. If we’re not going to win anything this year why not start Driskel?

  11. I am just curious about his true salary.

    He’s still living fat off ND money, but I have to figure he was given total control over the offense. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the real head coach in a co-coach capacity with WM where WM and CW run two completely separate units.

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