They say that the first step to fixing a problem is admitting that you have one. If that’s the case, we are screwed.
You would think that, with as obvious as many of the Gator offense’s issues are to thousands of Gator fans across the country, they would be even more obvious to our offensive coordinator, right? Well, if you were hoping we would learn something from our shalacking in Tuscaloosa and start fixing some of these problems, the words out of Addazio’s mouth seem to indicate that you’re due for a letdown.
Addazio does not recognize that there is a problem. According to him, Brantley runs the option well and will continue to run the option going forward (he cites an average of 5 yards gained on option plays, but fails to realize that a play averaging 10 yards against Kentucky and 1 yard against Alabama does not help us), Pouncey is snapping the ball as well as any other player has in his time at Florida, and there was a lot of good to take from the offense in the Alabama game.
You can see his take on a few of these issues in this video interview, but please be warned that you may want to punch your computer screen while watching it.
The really scary part of this video is the complete disbelief and shock that Addazio reacts with when asked if he has considered moving Pouncey back to guard. You can tell from his reaction that he was genuinely shocked that someone would even suggest it, and that the thought had never even crossed his mind.
Look, I know that every snap isn’t going to be perfect. The snaps against Alabama, however, were certainly not “all in the norm” as he suggests. And let’s be honest here, even if Pouncey’s dad were making the decision the thought would have at least crossed his mind that he may need to be moved back to guard.
I understand that Florida prefers to have their best lineman at center to run the spread offense, but the complete shock on Addazio’s face really has to make you wonder how many more of these seemingly obvious problems he is completely unaware of. Does he have no idea that teams know he’s going to run the ball on 2nd and 10? Is he completely unaware that teams are able to play aggressively against the short game because they’re not being challenged downfield? From what I’m seeing out of Steve’s comments after these games, combined with the lack of adjustments being made, that scary thought may just be reality.