Expect some tweaks to Florida offense


Gainesville, Fla.—I’m spending a couple of days at Florida, the defending national champions. For a team that returns its entire defense plus the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback, there is a lot of stuff going on.

I spent Monday visiting with assistant coaches and attending the afternoon practice. Here are a few observations with Florida’s spring game coming up on Saturday:


The basics will not change under new offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, but there will be a couple of tweaks. Addazio takes over for Dan Mullen, who is now the head coach at Mississippi State. Addazio was the Florida offensive line coach but he’s been a coordinator before so he knows the drill. The transition is going smoothly because under Urban Meyer, putting together the offense has always been a collaborative effort. Everybody in the room adds their expertise and the coordinator’s job is to, well, coordinate.

“My job is to make sure everybody in the room is looking at the offense with the same set of eyes,” Addazio said. “There are basic things we believe in and those are not going to change. We are going to do what we do.”

But you’re going to see a couple of adjustments in the Florida offense this fall. No. 1, they are working on an I-formation package that will put quarterbacks Tim Tebow and John Brantley under center. Meyer wants a downhill power running game when it is needed. He also wants to be able to put Tebow under center from time to time to calm down the skeptics who wonder about his NFL potential.

Florida will pick up the pace on offense. Florida averaged 43.6 points with only 62 plays per game last season. Meyer, Addazio, and new QB coach Scot Loeffler are working with a no-huddle, up-tempo package in a effort to get more plays and hopefully more points. “With the new clock rules you have to have it (the no huddle) in your offense,” Meyer said.


Tebow’s throwing motion looks better. The left hander has always had a long throwing motion. Despite the critics, he seems to make the big throws when Florida needs them. Just ask Alabama. But Loeffler, who has tutored a number of really good quarterbacks including Michigan’s Tom Brady, has worked with Tebow on his mechanics and footwork. During Monday’s practice it was obvious that Tebow’s throwing motion is now more compact and that the ball has a tighter spiral. Tebow has thrown his share of wounded ducks as a college quarterback. It is clear to me that Meyer is going to do everything he can, within the framework of the team, to help Tebow get ready for the NFL.

“I can’t tell you what the NFL guys are thinking but I’ve been lucky to work with a lot of good quarterbacks,” said Loeffler, who also worked with Chad Henne and John Navarre during his time with Michigan. “Tim has that IT, that all great quarterbacks have.”


John Brantley is going to be a star: A year ago Brantley, a rising redshirt sophomore, got a few chances to show off the talented arm that made him a highly-recruited quarterback out of Ocala. This season he will be a major factor in the offense as Florida prepares for the post-Tebow era. You only have to watch Brantley for five minutes in practice to realize that he has an NFL arm.

“He’s a special talent,” Loeffler said.

In 2006 Chris Leak was the starting quarterback and Florida developed a package of plays for Tebow, the freshman. This season Brantley will play that same role with a package of plays that will force opposing defensive coordinators to spend extra time preparing for the change of pace when Brantley comes in the game.


Florida is finding some depth on the offensive line: The concern going into spring was finding two new offensive tackles. Well, Florida has them and more. Carl Johnson (6-6, 330) and Marcus Gilbert (6-6, 308) are going to be the tackles and they will be good ones. But keep an eye on sophomore Matt Patchan (6-6, 250). He went over to defense last season to help out but is back on offense. He needs to put on some bulk but is athletic enough to do it. Also keep an eye on redshirt freshman Sam Robey (6-4, 290). He is the son of former Kentucky basketball star Rick Robey and is pushing hard to be starter. “I feel pretty good about offensive linemen one through four, but I think you have to have eight guys to play in the SEC,” Addazio said. “We have to identify five, six, seven, and eight.”

 There was some disappointing news on Monday as guard Maurkice Pouncey had shoulder surgery and is out for Saturday’s spring game.  Pouncey, a junior, will need three months to recover.


The injuries are piling up: Don’t expect a lot of fireworks for Saturday’s Florida Spring game. Pouncey was one of four additional starters who will not participate, Meyer said at the end of practice on Monday. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins and defensive linemen Lawrence Marsh and Carlos Dunlap will miss the game. Meyer said he may adjust the format because of all the injuries.


151 comments Add your comment

forget one out of eight

April 14th, 2009
3:55 pm

We are working on two out of two! CPJ is 100% against bulldogs!


April 14th, 2009
4:11 pm

Actually CPJ is 1-1 against UGA.


April 14th, 2009
4:13 pm

2009 prediction: UF 38, UGA 14. Tebow runs for two TD’s throws for 2 TD’s. Jenkins returns a pick for TD. Phillips kicks FG. Cox throws 1 TD, Samuel runs for 1 TD.

Atlanta Jackets

April 14th, 2009
4:15 pm

2009 prediction: bull-gator gets his first kiss

Jacket Attack

April 14th, 2009
4:16 pm

Protocol requires a Robot Roll Call at 7:30AM tomorrow.


April 14th, 2009
4:19 pm

Nerd Herd: You people are so clueless on these blogs. You can always tell the unintelligent and uninformed people or should I say the ones that should be on here. They, for the most part, are Techies. You’re like the pesky little brother that runs his mouth all the time without a clue of what comes out of his pie hole. Now go home and leave the football talk to big brother(s)

The SEC will be insane this coming year with all the good teams. Arkansas will surprise many people I have a feeling, but it will boil down to LSU or Bama. Florida will win the East unless their injuries continue to pile. Then it will be anyone’s in the East. UGA is not ready this year. Someone has got to step up at running back. For some reason I think the defense will be good. It’s the offense I’m concerned about. But that’s why we play the game instead of talk.

Go Dawgs! And Tech just go(away)


April 14th, 2009
4:20 pm

Nerd Herd: You people are so clueless on these blogs. You can always tell the unintelligent and uninformed people or should I say the ones that should be on here.

Sorry that should be: “The Ones That Should NOT be on Here. Got a little ahead of myself.


April 14th, 2009
4:22 pm

DS—-You’re missing the Big Picture, Dawg! There is only ONE Tech blogger on this blog. All of the NATS-affiliated blog posts are by the same person.


April 14th, 2009
4:26 pm

injuries and arrests are the only things that can keep this gators team from the national championship AGAIN. they are freaking loaded.


April 14th, 2009
4:28 pm

Anonymous, you are not correct…I’m a Ga Tech fan also…unlike some, I prefer to weigh in and discuss college football w/out ripping anybody else’s team.


April 14th, 2009
4:29 pm

It is funny to read that the Ga- Fla. rivalry started it 1990. Nope, it started way before that! And, if Florida can beat Georgia nine (9)more times in a row they will TIE the series.


April 14th, 2009
4:30 pm

Reebok, That’s a breath of fresh air.

Atlanta Jackets

April 14th, 2009
4:30 pm

Unlike Reebok, I let it rip! LOL!


April 14th, 2009
4:32 pm

Atlanta Jackets: OK Little brother. Point proven. See above post


April 14th, 2009
4:39 pm

“I’m old fashioned enough to still believe that a college player should show loyalty for 4 years, get his degree and then turn pro”.

Hey, I am too. I guess we can thank old #34 for really kick starting the trend. Just too much money thrown at nothing nowdays. These kids don’t even play a snap and get the guaranteed money. Nothing we can do to change it. Still a big fan of #34 and a fan of Stafford.


April 14th, 2009
4:39 pm

Nothing more hilarious than delusioNoles and Blind Dawg fans…thUGA has a second rate program and will wait another 29 years for a national championship. Wake up, poodles! Your best chance was last year with the Kegger and the Crackback. This is an 8-5 for you.

Sanford Drive

April 14th, 2009
4:55 pm

I’m so glad UF is working on a more up-tempo offense. Scoring 1400 points per game just wasn’t enough.

Timmy Tebow

April 14th, 2009
5:01 pm

I’m gay and I wear jorts and a mullet just like all gaytors and bulldogs!!! Jortville USA (home of the gaytors and the largest trailer park in the world).


April 14th, 2009
5:05 pm

It only took UF 100 years to win as many MNC’s as FSU did in 50. Gunsville is the place for me. I’m so sick of playing third in the state behind Miami and FSU. but hey, that’s what I get for going to an all man gay school.


April 14th, 2009
5:16 pm

m Go back and get your free hot dog and coke.Nice try raising the GEORGIA game tickets to $75,it won’t matter we will still outnumber you dirt dobbers in november on your own field.You guys are a joke…….Yea and my hats off to you Gator fans,thank god I am old enough to remember when it was different.I still think that after you win the NTG this year and Tebow is gone Meyer is going to answer the call from Notre Dame.He will have nothing else to prove at FL.When that happens the DAWGS will make their move and own the SEC east.Enjoy your last year in the limelight cause it will all be over soon.


April 14th, 2009
5:24 pm


Joe Cox=Joe Tereshinski

April 14th, 2009
5:26 pm

see the name

Roswell Ed

April 14th, 2009
5:27 pm

Tebow is a bad man


April 14th, 2009
5:29 pm

Nothing Like Some Gator Meat In Spring,Well…. Maybe Some Bumbleflea Pie For Dessert.I’ll Give Someone a Big Check If You Can Name Me One Starting Florida QB In the Nfl! You Can’t, Because They Suck After College.

Roll Greg Tide

April 14th, 2009
5:30 pm

Florida will not repeat. Too many, oh ain’t you good articles for those gator players to read. Read on, gators. None of that stuff being written now will matter too much come this fall just ask those black-out DAWGs.

Maybe Next Year

April 14th, 2009
5:37 pm

Yeah those UGA quarterbacks are really tearing up the NFL too.


April 14th, 2009
5:39 pm

As a Tech fan, I can honestly say we aren’t even on the same playing field as UF or Alabama, but I don’t see any reason we couldn’t beat anyone else in the SEC right now. Yes LSU was a total blunder, but look what we were playing last year, and entirely new system, coach, and underclassmen. Seriously, we overachieved and I believe we could honestly play with anyone aside from the above mentioned. And for you SEC fans, the ACC is up and coming and you know it. Will it ever be as good as it should be in football, I don’t know.


April 14th, 2009
5:53 pm

Alright I’m going to make a clear and precise point about the SEC. Florida again will be the national champs. WHY you ask. COACHING. Im tired of people making excuses for injuries, lack of this and that. Look every team in the country has some of the best players on their team. But it all comes down to coaching PERIOD POINT BLANK. Richt is the softest coach I have ever seen in college football period. Ever since Georgia lost to West Virginia in the Sugar Bowl and I won five dollars on that game, Georgia showed how tough they really can be. How is it that Urban Meyer who coached in probably the weakest conference in America {whichever one Utah plays in) come to the SEC and have not 1 but 2 National Championship titles already. Some coaches wont even see a national championship game but he has 2 titles already in less time than Mark Richt has been coaching at UGA!!!. Mark Richt has been in the SEC longer and has yet to even see a National Championship game. It all comes down to coaching guys. Any way you wanna cut and slice it. COACHING. I’m a Georgia native and for all you high school football fans I’m from Valdosta, GA “WINNERSVILLE, USA” and recently crowned “ESPN’S TITLETOWN, USA” and yes I went to Valdosta High School home of the “Wildcats” , played basketball instead of football. Coaches make the team championship caliber not the players. Here it is the SEC has 4 future Hall of Fame coaches in Les Miles, Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban, and Urban Meyer. All of which have at least one National Champioship title under their belt. Yet Mark Richt has yet to even see a National Championship game. Richt cant even be mentioned in the same sentence as these college football greats, yet and still UGA still employs him???WHY?? I guess the hiring of that no name basketball coach proves it all. Georgia will never be what it can be until they get a new head football coach and staff and recruit EVERY GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER. UGA cant even recruit the top talent from it’s own state!!!! COACHING COACHING COACHING will always be the reason UGA wont be better than second rate. Nick Saban came into Alabama and put them right back at the top HOW??? COACHING. The UGA coaches cant recruit the best players and they cant coach against some of college football’s GREATEST coaches in their own conference. Stay with Richt and nothing changes, get a new coach maybe things will. Hey here is a suggestion, how about UGA hire Florida’s defensive coordinator Charlie Strong as a head coach, he has more national championship rings than Richt does and he is a proven winner. Just a thought.


April 14th, 2009
6:05 pm


DawginLex – Good post! You make a good arguement – but you also make my case as well.

In 2005 – you got beat by Florida and AUBURN …… and West Virginia. Another 3 loss season – but let’s go back to the last 3 seasons to make my point:

2008 – argueably the 3rd/4th best team last year in the SEC with Ole Miss. Big time seperation between Bama and Florida – UGA just did not measure up to Elite status for a number of reasons – but injuries, depth, and coaching are a part of the game. Would probably have beaten Ole Miss early in the season – but not late when UGA struggled against Florida, Kentucky, Auburn and GT. Ole Miss was like UGA 2007 – gelled mid season and played lights out at the end.

2007 – Dawgs got on a roll late – but got hammered by Tennessee (yet again) and got beat by South Carolina!!! Fortunate to beat VANDY!!!
LOST TO TWO SEC EAST TEAMS. DID not play in the SEC Title game.
(However, the Hawaii beat down was just incredible to watch – and I said it before, BAMA choked and did not take Utah serious – we emabarrassed the SEC – we got UTAH’D).

2006 – Yes – Freshman QB – kind of LSU’s year in 2008 – still won 9 games. But lost to Tennessee (blow out), Vandy, Florida and Kentucky – LOST TO 4 SEC EAST TEAMS.

For 2009 and 2010 – I see ZERO improvement – nothing that would make you think – WOW – watch out for UGA in 2009/2010. Cox is weak armed – yet a stong leader. 2010 – UGA breaking in a new QB. If this holds true – that’s 5 years in a row where UGA has not won the SEC East – and Florida and Tennessee have made appearances. Trend that is concerning if I am a UGA fan.

BOTTOM LINE – UGA in the last 3 seasons has settled just below “ELITE” level – with a first round NFL QB and RB on your roster.

So I ask the questions:
– Has UGA settled into perenial 3/4/5 position in the SEC?
– IS UGA now battling TN/SC for SEC East 2/3/4 spot for years to come?
– Is UGA a notch above Donnan’s teams – but have settled into a notch below SEC true Elites?

As for Bama – yes – self-induced exile from Elite status – but we got what we deserved due to Coach DuBose’s cheating ways. But during the Richt era – coinciding with our “down years” and probation – Bama has had three 10 win seasons (12 wins in 2008)and only two losing seasons. Yes – it was a rough time – but we are back in the mix and doing well!

This is a fair accessment – look forward to reading the emotional responses.


April 14th, 2009
6:29 pm

Tech will be good for another year or so and then fall to there more legendary status of mediocrity, that the ACC deals in. SEC predictions, UF is the team to beat and should play for the SEC championship and National Championship. As much as I dislike UF, they have a great program and as long as Tebow remains healthy, have the best on the field leader. I will be almost as glad to see Tebow leave as Wuerful. Both are great leaders and great players. UF D will be nasty. UGA will have to step up and deliver in many areas if they are to beat UF. UGA should have better leadership with Cox or Gray as the #1 QB. Murray may be the best talent, but needs time to grow into the job of reading more complex defenses. Bama and LSU should battle for the SECW. Ole Miss and Arkansas could upset the W. SEC E should end up UF, UGA, USC, KY, UT and then Vandy. SEC W should be LSU, Bama, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Auburn, Miss St.

Sanford Drive

April 14th, 2009
6:48 pm


Let’s assume for a second that you are correct, and Adams and Evans decide to fire Richt. Can you imagine what kind of horrible replacement we would get? We paid people money to get us a decent bball coach and we get some random dude from Nevada. Given, football might be a different story since people care more, but still, I don’t want to know what kind of yahoo they would replace Richt with. Probably some no-name joker who runs a spread offense in the Sun Belt conference. No thank you. I’ll go with the devil I know over the devil I don’t.

Armour all

April 14th, 2009
6:52 pm

How will all bama LOI info coming out with bama paying highs school coach and player has to effect mama all thought the lost of scholly’s will not hit until next year the lost of bowl and all the Saban leaving will have it toll. plus how many recruits will be lost . It;s going to be interesting with bama going before ncaa in about 2 months


April 14th, 2009
7:10 pm

Lets see: Richt wins the SEC and the Sugar Bowl in his second year, (of ever HCing) and he can’t even be mentioned with the likes of Saban who (with 10 more yrs experience) has them “on top” by not accomplishing either.

Nick Saban over time will lose every 5th game just like every good football coach to walk the planet.

GA Gator

April 14th, 2009
7:40 pm

I can’t wait to see UGA’s running game when Brandon Spikes drags his Gator nuts all over them again like NoShow Moreno got this year. Florida is going to mount the Pups again. If you don’t love it, you better learn to like it. It’s like that first shower in prison. You know exactly what’s coming and you know you can’t stop it.

Go Gators!!!


April 14th, 2009
8:02 pm

Remy- Mark Richt also has 2 national championship rings from FSU 1993-1999 know your facts before you blog JACKASS!!!!

Lord of the Lizards

April 14th, 2009
8:24 pm

I’m not saying that the Gators will toy with UGA and Tennessee this year but…PAY NO ATTENTION TO THAT TAIL STICKING OUT FROM BEHIND THE CURTAIN!!!

Not Disappointed

April 14th, 2009
8:29 pm

Anybody ready for College Football?! Ramblin Wreck!!!!!


April 14th, 2009
8:50 pm

Remy and Bama Stan-I thought we were going to keep liars off the blogs-Remy -Mark Richt also has 2 national championship rings from FSU in 1993 and 1999.UGA 4th or 5th best team listen up bama stan Mark Richt only 1 of 5 coaches to win an SEC title his first 5 years in the history of the conf.Only 1 of 5 coaches to record 4 straight 10 win seasons in the SEC Bear Bryant 1971-74 and 77-80 Vince Dooley 66-68 Steve Spurrier 93-98.Mark Richts record of 82-23 puts him 4th nationally of head coaches behind only Pete Carroll -Urban Meyer-Bob Stoopes.Record in SEC championship games 2-1.Record in bowl games youll like this bama stan after bamas sugar bowl of last year is 6-2.Record vs bama 3-1 against tenn 5-3 Uf 2-6 vandy 7-1 auburn 5-3 ky 7-1 LSU 3-2 -sc 6-2 and with 3 top 5 recruiting classes in a row things have never looked better.Bama Stan stop obsessing about Georgia we dont care what your opinion of UGA is.


April 14th, 2009
9:40 pm

I want Florida to score 60 something on the Georgia defense this year.
Go Gators

Maybe Next Year

April 14th, 2009
9:58 pm

Billy Jack all that info is fine and dandy but the fact is Richt’s rings were as offensive coordinator, not as THE HEAD MAN. What good is it if Richt’s record is 82-23 w/o the rings? They don’t give out championships for 10 win seasons. Don’t get me wrong, Richt is a good coach but when you have Meyer who’s won 2 NC’s in his first 4 years and Richt hasn’t played for one then something’s missing. Hell even Miles has one. I’ll bet money Saban gets another before Richt. Mark Richt…he’ll get you close but not to the mountain top.

Bama fan

April 14th, 2009
10:26 pm

Billy Jack,

I think he was talking about national titles as a coach, not an assistant. Richt is a fine coach but you have to realize that he’s always going to get criticism until he wins the big one and without beating his biggest rival in Florida he never will win the big one. 4 10 win seasons is good but not as comparable as to years back when teams played only 11 games and didn’t have a conference championship game and there were fewer bowl games to reach the 10 win plateau. He is still a fine coach but until he beats UF with more consistency and wins a national he’s going to have that monkey on his back.

Gatorman 722, I’m neutral in this UGA-FLA thing but I’m thinking you just might get your 60 on the dawgs this year. It probably depends on whether or not they tick off Meyer. I’m actually thinking Meyer is probably more interested in putting 60 on Lane Kiffin though.

crack for lindsey

April 14th, 2009
10:42 pm

“Yeah, buddy! Our coach has two rings, too! Granted, it was somewhere else, some dipstick school, and he wasn’t even the head coach there, but he got ‘em! Yep, n’ they ain’t won none since he left!”
I got news for you, pups. The ossnoles’ team manager got rings, too. You know, the guy that collects and washes the jockstraps. Maybe you could hire him to add to your little school’s prestige. Like most former semis, you can find him at the farmer’s market, in prison, or in gay chat rooms.

Any luck getting TWLOCP moved to home and home? Meyer wants to be the first coach to score sixty between the hedges. How sad that your best chance of beating UF is to have the coach leave.

We own you and you know it.


April 15th, 2009
1:18 am

That would be Paines Prairie, Giggety

…where only Gators gitoutalive :)

'taint nick

April 15th, 2009
3:14 am

Listen all you bammers, get back to the trailer park right now. I know how captivating ‘lectricity is and these new fangled computing machines are awful fun but its time to get back to the park…off you go. no one wants to hear about your fake championships and dead drunk coach cause bammers dont matter anymore. sorry fans of the red algae, now get back home to the farm and grow me some dinner!!

Lord of the Lizards

April 15th, 2009
4:29 am

Just like the quest for Florida perfection…THE LIZARD NEVER SLEEPS!!!


April 15th, 2009
8:30 am

Huh? When dogboy CMR wins a National Championship then you can bark….like Saban, Miles, Meyer, Meyer…..until then…back on the porch. Even Fulmer has got one….


April 15th, 2009
11:50 am

Billy Jack you really are showing your ignorance by name calling, but I will always take the higher road and remain cordial without the name calling. And it seems everyone else has already answered your statement. RICHT WASN’T the HEADCOACH. Only a coordinator, which means everyone else from assistant coaches on down get rings, so that your point is moot. You have yet to prove your point. Meyer got 2 rings in 4 years, Saban was a game away from winning his second ring, Miles has one and honestly they are my biggest fear in winning the SEC this year and the national championship. Spurrier has a ring and I forgot Fulmer has one too but he is gone. So again COACHING is what Mark Richt lacks. Until he can at least get to the national championship game your argument is worthless. I could care less about records “only 1 of 5 coaches to win an SEC title his first 5 years in the history of the conf.” WHO CARES when you dont have ONE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RING OR APPEARANCE TO BACK IT UP. Coaches dont coach for records they coach to win the hardware CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS. Right or wrong? 10 WIN SEASONS?? ARE YOU SERIOUS?? Who plays to have a 10 win season and be happy with that??? Mark Richt and thats why he will always be 5th place in the SEC, sorry but the truth hurts. So again how about UGA fire Mark Richt and hire Charlie Strong as a head coach and see what happens. I see no one is touching that topic??? Its not rocket science that DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS…it goes back to my initial point….COACHING is what separates the little boys from the grown men in the college football. Either you got it or you don’t.


April 15th, 2009
11:57 am

Tony Barnhart do you agree? Or am I just not making any sense?


April 15th, 2009
7:39 pm

Can any of you good dawg fan’s get Billy Payne to teach the new Master’s champion English??

I love the fans of the south. Whether its the Gators or any other teams, it comes down to injuries and turnovers. By the way, I wish Stafford and Moreno all the luck in the world. I hope they both have long NFL careers.


April 16th, 2009
11:38 am

foxdog says “It is funny to read that the Ga- Fla. rivalry started it 1990. Nope, it started way before that! And, if Florida can beat Georgia nine (9)more times in a row they will TIE the series.”

Two things foxdog –

First, 46 – 38 = 8. All day long. So, it is 8 more Gator wins to tie the series.

Second, it’s not just since 1990. If you look at the last 50 years as a good round number, the Gators are up by 6 wins on your Dawgs. If you look at the last 60 years, we are up by 10 wins. Your Dawgs have to go all the way back to the 1930s to see a lead in this series. It is true that your Dawgs had our number back in the Great Depression days and back to WWI. If that makes you feel good, you can still fall back on that when we take the series lead. ;)