For the first time in two weeks, the assembled media met
with Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease.
Florida’s second-year coordinator rehashed the Miami loss,
talked up-tempo offenses, broke down Tennessee’s defense and more.
The major takeaways from Tuesday’s press conference…
* The Gators have
full confidence in quarterback Jeff Driskel -- EXCEPT in the red zone.
“Looking back on it, first this, we've stressed to the
point, [As if speaking of Driskel 'If we get in this situation, here is what
they're going to play. OK. You’re very limited to this, and that's all
you really have and you have to be committed to. That's what you're going to throw or throw the ball away, and
then put us in a situation to kick things. ... I’ve got to do a better job of maybe
limiting or controlling what we give him. The sort of options.
He’s mature enough. He’ll handle things.”
* Just because the
Oregon Ducks shredded the Volunteers -- 59 points and nearly 700 yards of
offense -- with an up-tempo attack, don’t except the Gators to pick up the
pace this weekend.
“You have to understand how they’ve built this thing for the
last five to six years. Their kids and how dialed in they are. It’s tough for
us to say that’s us all of a sudden. Nah. Is using some tempo that we practice,
yeah, there’s always that possibility. But to do it how they’re doing it, I
don’t think efficiency wise we’re built that way right now. … I mean you look
at Oregon, they're scoring all these drives in under two minutes. The same
time, if you're not scoring, you're putting your defense in a tough situation
that they're on the field for a lot of time in a game. But they're very
efficient in what they do. Our efficiency is going to be more in grind
it a little bit more and try to create some big plays throwing the football.
And, that's where I think we've got to be more, I think, consistent in getting
points is because we're probably more designed to go six to 12 plays
in a drive, rather than three to four and hold onto the ball for more
than two minutes in a drive.”
* The failed fourth down quarterback sneak against Miami was both poorly called and executed.
“That’s something that was – that was on me. I shouldn’t
have done it. … I called it and I knew what they were probably going to go to
that. I think that put our guys in too tough a spot. I knew they were all going
to sink down in there and dive at their feet and just create a mosh pit of
humanity. So, and I knew that. And right after I called it, I knew it.
I guess I let my ego get involved a bit that I trust our guys up front. I’m not
saying I don’t ever trust them, because I always do, but I knew it put those
guys in a tough spot that you can’t do that. I think there was better options
of plays that we had looking back on it, so I probably should have gone with
* Freshman wideout Demarcus Robinson is poised to breakout
“He’s been in situations where he’s targeted and sometimes
coverage takes it away. Sometimes he’s been there and we haven’t got the ball
to him. It’s just a matter of getting into the flow. I know it’s been tough to
see, but he’s come on in practice. He works hard. He’s a very likable kid that I
think, it’s going to pop here soon.”
* Tennessee’s defense is not very good.
“I’m not here to sell you, it’s your decision on what you
decide that they are. I’m just saying I’ve got respect for what they do.”
* Pease is satisfied with Florida’s offensive yardage (414.0
y/g), but not point production.
“One thing we stress to kids ,and I said, ‘I want you to be
greedy in the fact that we always got to think that we score touchdowns.’
The game’s got to separate that way. But we’ve moved the ball, and it’s come
down to really this last game where, in the red-zone decisions, we didn’t – you
know, we turned the ball over, we had two bad decisions, and really, two bad
calls on me.”
(all emphasis mine)
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