November 13, 2006
I had heart palpitations on Saturday during the Florida-South Carolina game. The Gators are going to kill me if they don’t stop playing these games so close. Beating Spurrier was oh so sweet; I’m thankful for Meyer that he pulled it off... Unless Earl Everett and Brandon Siler get healthy before the SEC title game I’m not sure UF can stop Arkansas rushing attack.
November 6, 2006
Florida has won its first SEC East title in six year; so why do I feel guilty? Is it because our offense is so damn pedestrian? Is Spurrier’s lasting influence such that you only enjoy a victory if it was pretty and by a large margin? Granted Vandy has better athletes today than they did in the 1990’s, especially on offense, but I still think Florida has many more than the Commodores. Given our struggles to stay on the field on offense I now expect UF to have 3 losses when they arrive in Atlanta; they will lose to South Carolina and Florida State. I kid you not.
October 30, 2006
So why do I fee like I have to apologize to every Bulldog fan I meet for winning that game on Saturday? My word that was one ugly ass game! I think Stafford is going to be a great QB for UGA. He has a rocket for an arm and he can really run as well. If not for some dropped passes at key moments, UGA could have won that game.
The Gators offense is awful. That’s the only way I can describe it. Our passing game off play-action is decent but our drop-back passing is atrocious, mainly b/c the offensive line cannot protect Leak for 3 seconds. For all my Gators friends who are clamoring for the Gators to make the BCS title game all I have to say is, “Michigan or OSU would kill us”. And I really mean that.
To be honest with you I expect South Carolina to beat us in 2 weeks unless Meyer and the offense discover some magic. Charlie Strong’s record against Steve Spurrier as a defensive coordinator is terrible. We can win the game, but our offense will need to score 30 points to do so and I’m not sure they have that in them.
I hope you have a great week. I’ll spend mine worrying endlessly over Vandy b/c they too can beat us if our offense plays that badly in Nashville.
[Ed. Note: I added the bold and italics there because I find that quote to be fairly telling this morning.]
October 16, 2006
Leak is a 4th year starter. Are you telling me he isn't to blame for
not being able to tell when the defense is going to blitz? Are we the only team in college football that can't call an audible? Given our issue with penalties we would likely suffer one for doing so, but come on. The OL blocked the 5 guys who were accounted for; it's Leak's job to know where #6 is coming from.
Leak is no more capable of making reads and check-downs than Tim Tebow and he doesn't have the excuse of youth. No, I'm not advocating pulling Leak for Tebow but I sure as hell would understand why that decision was made. Frankly we need both of them to win a championship b/c Leak isn't man enough to do it on his own...
One of the analysts on ESPN2's coverage of the Florida-Auburn game said that "At best Chris Leak is a second day pick in the NFL draft. NFL scouts view him as a 6-foot version of Drew Bledsoe." I think the person was Todd McShay. I think he was being unfair to Drew Bledsoe.
Will Muschamp said after the game, "We noticed that he tends to lock on one guy. He also has trouble making multiple reads...if you pressure him, he makes mistakes...How does a senior quarterback, a three-year starter, throw the ball into the middle of the field like that?" Good question, Will.
In case you haven't picked up on it yet, I can't stand him. It has nothing to do with his race, creed, or religion but it has everything to do with what I see as a lack of toughness. You can't win an SEC Championship with a QB that has no stones; it could be argued that Leak never has had them although I think Ernie Sims probably knocked them loose on his 2nd quarter sack of Chris during the 2004 FSU-Florida game
in Tallahassee. If we make it too Atlanta it will be because we have Tebow to lean on when we need someone to "nut-up" as Urban Meyer says; you can't nut-up when you don't have nuts. If I'm being unfair, ask yourself this question, "What play has Chris Leak made this season that another QB could not have made?" I think the answer is none!
September 25, 2006
How do you amass 500+ yards of total offense and only get 26 points? Ask Urban Meyer. Geeez! That was ugly. UK does have a good QB though.
September 11, 2006
I know it was only UCF, but they were a bowl team in 2005. UF looked better on Saturday night than they have at anytime during Meyer’s tenure. Even with four turnovers by freshmen it was still an absolutely marvelous performance. With Tebow at QB the true “spread & shred” was featured prominently; I’m sure it will be shelved until 2006 b/c the bullets are for real this coming Saturday.
September 5, 2006
I like the Gators defense but I am concerned about the lack of pass rush from the backup DTs. With the starters being suspended we used the 2 and 3 guys and they were clearly ineffective. Pass rush from the DEs is only effective when the QB can’t simply step up to avoid the rush. I think Reggie Nelson may already be the 2nd or 3rd best safety ever to play at UF.
Conversely I am just as disappointed with the Gators offense. They can’t run the ball for sh*t out of the spread. Hopefully Meyer will stick to what he said last year "against the faster teams you will see more of a traditional I-formation look." Against FSU last season Florida ran the ball out of the I-formation on 12 plays and averaged more than 8 yards per carry; out of the spread the Gators averaged less than 2 yds per carry.
Leak looks good as does Dallas Baker, Cornelius, the freshman Percy Harvin, and a couple others. The young offensive line made some mistakes but overall excelled in pass blocking.
Maybe all of this can just be dismissed with "congrats Michael, you found a pessmistic Florida fan and you don't delete e-mails." That's possible, but personally, I think this is a reminder that few people, Florida fans included, thought that Florida looked like a really good team this year. I know that they won 12 games and won the SEC and 2002 Ohio State and all, but when there is so little to separate two one-loss teams, shouldn't the fact that a team just didn't look very good matter?