A Note on The Florida Gators' Offense

M. BlackCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2008

So I bet you sat on your couch or your lucky blue suede chair from the 1970s and "got your popcorn ready" to see the Gators take on the struggling Vols.

But you may have been disappointed; it wasn't the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's extravaganza you were expecting. It wasn't 59-30. At times, it wasn't even fun to watch.

But it was magnificent.

For months now, we've been hearing about one of the best offenses in the nation. How opposing teams should be running and finding a rock to hide under because the mighty Gators are coming to town.

But, the potent, high-flying, circus of an offense seemingly did not show up for parts of the Miami and Tennessee games. At least that's what appears to be the case.

Was it lack of potential? Hardly. The reigning Heisman winner, four of the fastest all-around players in the nation, a transfer stud from the University of Southern California, and an experienced offensive line would have you believing otherwise.

The first drive showed great promise for another blowout against a futile, Fulmer-led Volunteer team. But what happened? Only two total offensive touchdowns and none running?

Was it lack of coaching? Try the opposite. This apparent "lack of production" was, in my mind, and probably those of the coaches, just what the doctor ordered.

They proved that they could gun it down field and run over any defense with that first drive; it was time to show that they could control the game and the tempo of it.

The Gators manhandled the clock, especially in the second half of the game. Tebow and his offense only had 23 plays at halftime; then they settled down. Letting Moody do his thing, letting Rainey do his thing led those two to a combined 18 carries for 92 yards—tough yards, added to Tebow's 26 and Harvin's 31.

A whole new facet to the offense was born. Something new to Meyer's spread: Smashmouth, control-the-clock football.

The Gators had 31 plays in the second half, most of which came in the fourth quarter. Now I know that people will say that it was because there was a large scoring margin, but that may not be the case, because the play calling did not change much after that first touchdown drive.

Gator fans want to see more production out of the offense, but it is essential to build up confidence in a controlling offense. LSU was able to come back and beat the Gators after being down virtually the entire game simply because the Florida offense could not control the ball and the clock (well, and a half crazy/half lucky coach calling fourth-down conversions left and right). Georgia, the same.

The fact that we haven't seen the highly touted offense yet is frustrating, but at the same time, it's very exhilarating because of what is to come.

The SEC better start to find their rocks to hide under.