Gator Clause occasionally publishes the many emails that fill the inboxes of our editorial board of trustees, regents and governors. This latest email comes to us from Matt Jordan (city/town/hamlet unknown). There is no rhyme or reason for which emails we publish and which emails we delete. As a general rule, they have to be either really, really good or really, really bad.
(Programming note: Everyone, please welcome Mike-Mike McCall to Gator Clause when you get a chance. He'll be managing the blog from here on out. After more than three years in Gainesville, I'm moving back to Miami on Friday to cover the Heat. I'll still be chiming in from time to time, but Mike-Mike is the Big Kahuna Burger now. Mike-Mike is a solid journalist, who is trained in five kinds of martial arts. So make your move, rebarbs.)
Much like the Miami Hurricanes’ slow demise under Larry Coker, the Gators have started to follow suit.
The reason is simple. Steve Addazio is awful. Larry Coker was awful as a HC, but people looked the other way b/c “you are being too strict and have taken winning for granted”.
Do I expect FL to win every game? No. Do I think that FL should be undefeated this year? No. But the fashion in which UF is losing must be a red flag. The offense has three general plays. (1) HB dive or draw up the middle. (2) lateral or short pass for 2 yds – maximum (3) Outside HB run that will only work with Jeff Demps outrunning a poor team such as USF.
The few times that UF throws down field, progress is made. I understand that Brantley has felt pressure, but there are measures that can be taken to mitigate that. For example, leave a RB or two in the backfield to block. (Not 180 lb Jeff Demps) Or, spread the field and line up 5-wide. UF seems to enjoy lining up in tight formations and playing in a 5 yard box. Roll Brantley out. Heck, if you are foolish enough to run the option with him, then what makes you think that he can’t move out of the pocket?
Recruits see this. Fans see this. Yet Urban Meyer is playing blind. Or dumb.
My question to you is: Why is Urban accepting this elementary excuse for an offense? Is it because he is friends with Addazio or is it because he is too caught up in himself?
Lastly, watch any video of Steve Addazio. The guy is a moron.
I have no affiliation to www.firesteveaddazio.com, but please check out the site.
Don’t take it easy on Urban or Addazio. Stand up!