Florida Football: 55 Points Overshadow the Need for OC Change for Gators

Neil ShulmanCorrespondent INovember 12, 2010

Meyer and Addazio consider their next move
Meyer and Addazio consider their next moveDoug Benc/Getty Images

Finally, Florida has hung half a hundred on somebody.

Granted, that somebody was Vanderbilt, but then again I thought the Gators would do it to Miami Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi State.

We all know what happened in those games: 26 yards of offense through three quarters, an ugly 10-10 third quarter deadlock that was broken when Meyer basically shoved offensive playcaller Steve Addazio out of the way and ordered the fake punt that propelled UF to the win, and then the "Worst Game Ever Played at the Swamp," a disgusting 10-7 loss that had me singing parodies of the MSU fight song regarding Addazio.

But in all honesty, the Vanderbilt game was no better.

Start with 55 points. Subtract seven for the first blocked punt, which set the Gators up at the Vandy three-yard line. Subtract seven more for the scoop-and-score by Terron Sanders. Then subtract seven again for the second blocked punt, which was returned for a TD. What does that leave you with? 34, the exact same total as the Gators had against Miami Ohio. And once again, the Gators struggled mightily in the first quarter. A barrage of second quarter points perhaps saved them.

Granted, Jordan Reed came out and played a fine game, and there’s definitely a bright future there, but it was against Vanderbilt, who is four games WORSE than Miami Ohio.

Can you see where I’m going?

The playcalling was for the most part awful. Again, there were numerous dive plays on third-and-long. I see no problem with running on third-and-long once in a while with counters, sweeps, options (as long as you use Burton or Reed) delays, off-tackles, basically anything OTHER than a dive. Bubble screens were decorating the field at least once a drive. We even saw Brantley run the non-option with Rainey once. Sure, the flea-flicker to Brantley was cool and watching Reed throw was awesome, but you’ve got to remember, that was against Vanderbilt.

The offensive line continues to be an issue, not with talent but with scheming. Brantley was hurried numerous times against a Commodore defense that ranks at or near the bottom of the SEC in nearly every category.

Who does this all ultimately fall to? Addazio. As much as Meyer tweaked the offense, unfortunately for Florida, it’s still Steve Addazio’s offense. He simply has too much on his plate.

Am I calling for his head? Absolutely not. In fact, I think he’s a great coach, when limited to the offensive line. Look at what he’s done with them. He’s had one guy go in the first round of the draft already and has coached numerous All-Americans and All-SEC players.

But quite simply, he’s not the man to call plays for UF.

Let Stan Drayton give it a go against South Carolina. He certainly can’t do worse than Addazio, barring him running Demps 50 times in that game.

But if Addazio calls the plays, then UF is in trouble.

Tom O’Brien, the NC State coach, once said, “How do you win a big game? It means going for it on fourth and goal from the one-yard line when down by three. It means trying to get 30 yards on a third-and-three and going for two when you’re down one with a minute to go in the game. Take risks, otherwise you can’t win the big one.”

How many of you would go so far to call this week’s South Carolina game one of the five biggest games Meyer’s ever dealt with at UF? You think him issuing a blue-out is enough of a clue?

I do.

Take risks, Coach Meyer. Use Stan Drayton.


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