Error Prone Gators Blank UAB

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Somewhere out there, medals of valor are waiting for those who are actually brave enough to say that the Gators are ready for the Volunteers next week.

Simply put, the Florida Gators were awful last night in spite of recording their first shutout since they kept Western Carolina scoreless in 2006 (62-0).

Penalties were once again littering the field. Will Muschamp should have rewritten “Crime and Punishment” last night because the refs threw enough flags at the Gators to cover the entire field. With the way the Gators d-line tried to pass off neutral zone infractions as “chill out brah, ref’s on crack” you could swear they lettered at Attica.

And these weren’t the hustle penalties a coach can handle- hitting a player the second they go out of bounds, a runner juking right into the line of trajectory of a defender’s helmet, grabbing anything you could and that anything just so happens to be a facemask.

No, The Swamp looked like the beach at Okinawa because of false starts, illegal shifts, encroachments, delay of games, and other equally dumb mistakes.

Two things worked in the Gators’ favor- UAB made a similar number of errors (dropped snap on a punt in the end zone, followed by shanked free kick, a penalty negating a TD throw) and Chris Rainey may just be the best player in the country.

Then there was the blunderful execution in the Dread Zone. I mean, the wonderful execution in the red zone- a wonderful job of going nowhere. Stalling inside an opponent’s 20 is inexcusable with all the speed and strength advantages the Gators have over UAB. What are we gonna do against Tennessee if we cannot get any push up front?

What amazes me most is that the red zone collapse was a total team effort. Everything went to pieces at the same time. The epitome of this was how the offensive line, which for the most part did well, got owned for some unfathomable reason once they crossed UAB’s 20. Everywhere else they did fine- but not inside the red zone.

I know, the Gators won 39-0 and I’m picking this team to shreds. So it’s time for a bright spot- John Brantley.

I won’t tell you a story about how he proved everybody who ever doubted him wrong by throwing for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns last night, because that’s not exactly the way it happened. But Brantley did have a few very impressive throws. Now, does this mean he will make them 10 out of 10 times against SEC teams? No, it does not. But at least we know he is capable of making a “wow” throw. His footwork was good, and his passes were (for the most part) accurate. He also did not throw either a pick (good sign) or a touchdown (bad sign).

Now, let’s look ahead to next week. The Gators get monster tackle Nick Fairley 2011 back, which should make the defensive front 7 even better than it was the last couple of weeks. The Gators didn’t get as much pressure against UAB as I would have liked, but the Blazers have a great offensive line and have moved the ball very well against SEC teams, so… wait, NICK FAIRLEY 2011?

Yep. Because Sharrif Floyd means that much to us. Nobody knows about him yet though, so that gives UF the element of surprise.

Speaking of element of surprise, I cannot wait to see Charlie Weis open up the playbook even more. We did see Brantley throw a lot more deep this week, but expect even more next week.

You’ll get my full thoughts about the Tennessee game later in the week, but here’s a little preview of my preview:

QUIT.

MAKING.

STUPID.

MISTAKES.

IT.

IS.

REALLY.

THAT.

SIMPLE.

Tennessee is an SEC team, but they’re by no means a great one, and all a team with Florida’s talent has to do to win is to not beat themselves. The Vols can’t beat the Gators, so if the Gators don’t beat the Gators, the Gators will beat the Volunteers.

Let’s just say this: Muschamp’s got some work to do disciplining his boys. And he is definitely capable of doing it. He just needs to do it, and the Gators should be fine.

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27 thoughts on “Error Prone Gators Blank UAB

  1. LOL

    STILL defending Brantley.

    He made a couple of nice throws against UA f’ing B. Then of course, there were the horrible throws.

    Still the red zone struggled. But wait, how can that be ? Adazzio is at Temple isn;t he ? Hmm, maybe the problem is the triggerman ?

    PS Easley is closer to Fairley. Floyd would probably be more of a Dareus/McCoy type.

    Also, for the record, it’s hard to say Floyd “means that much to us” since he, you know, hasn’t really contributed at all yet. Right now he’s a guy with upside.

  2. [quote]Also, for the record, it’s hard to say Floyd “means that much to us” since he, you know, hasn’t really contributed at all yet. Right now he’s a guy with upside.[/quote]
    Come on man.
    He’s an incredible/powerful athlete with more than just “upside”. And when he’s not on the field it hurts. Sure it hasn’t shown yet, wait, yes it has. Our D-line has failed to record a sack yet. And the fact that they haven’t done so against FAU or UAB isn’t a good sign. So right now man, headed into SEC play, I think they’re gonna be happy to have him back.

  3. Too many unknowns across the board. We know as much about the Gators as UT fans know about the Vols – both have played sub-par teams their first two weeks.

    And, can I tell you how many versions of “I know what Muschamp’s gonna do” I heard in Gainesville on week #1? From “he’s only gonna win by 2 or 3 TDs so as to not show the full hand he has in store for SEC teams” to “they’re kids and he’s gonna let them run it up as high as they want & can” to everything in between.

    No one really knows except, as Neil pointed out, that penalties hurt the team committing the penalties. So, if nothing else — if all other things are equal — maybe we only can hope that Tenn beats themselves worse than the Gators do to themselves?

    Again, who knows? Well, ok, I know one thing … I’m gonna need to stock up on Tums and Mylanta :p This I know because two friends of mine – one a S.Carolina fan, the other a Michigan fan – they both had the rides of their lives this past weekend. I think we’re in for the same close game – I just don’t think the points will be that high.

    Fingers crossed and [b]GO GATORS![/b]

  4. Gatorbuc, no worries, thebone, just had a bad loss when he was coaching little league today. He asked Addazio for some tips, so hes a little unhappy right now. Give him a couple of days, and he might think rationally again.

  5. Of course they’ll be happy to have him back; he’s part of the rotation.

    I guess I missed the season where he had 10+ sacks and 20+ tackles for loss, plus innumerable pressures/collapses.

    You know, actual production that made you state he’s more than “upside.”

    Was there a season I missed where he went from being a guy with “potential” and became an impact player ? Seems to me, right now he’s where Dunlap was heading into 2008 – a guy with huge upside who hasn’t yet turned it into production.

  6. He still hasn’t had a game that you can point to as proof… he very well might but in what’s clearly a rebuilding year, ride him until he is PROVEN to not have it. Not until thebone says so, until Charlie Weis says so. As much as thebone knows football and QB’s in particular I think Weis knows more. I would like to see them use Driskel a bit to prime him for next year though.

  7. I am not questioning Weis’ knowledge.

    Here’s the thing – my saying Brantley doesn’t have “IT” is based on what we’ve seen. Or not seen, in this case. Saying he doesn’t have “IT” because we haven’t seen “IT” yet is not really something that can be parsed out – it’s something that’s visible immediately or not.

    It’s a rebuilding year, and his last year – let him play to please the brokers until the first loss then get the kids in to plan for next year.

    Remember 2007 with Tebow ?

    Sure, they didn’t have a viable veteran backup, but they left Tebow in, in part to run up his stats to give him the Heisman as promised, but also to get as much experience in as many scenarios as possible with an eye on 2008. That’s not to say Driskel and/or Brisset are the next Tebow, but it’s time to think about the future and hit the ground running, not to have to start over again next year.

  8. More to this – Charlie Weis knows it. It’s why he said he wants the kids to get meaningful reps in meaningful situations, not just blowouts, with an eye on next year.

    He didn’t say “we’ll play them if they’re ready”

    He said he wants them to get acclimated for the future.

    That, my friend, is coach speak for “this year is a lost cause for expectations so we are thinking about next year and beyond”

  9. I will be the first to rant about how Brantley was going to be the goat this year; however I have no room to do so. JB is in his element and you can see the power that Weis has had in directing him. I have a good feeling about how JB is starting to shine!

  10. No one is a troll here, you were lucky they let you write your own little blog here. YOu just sadly keep getting proved wrong, and for some reason, JB is proving you wrong anyways. Weve seen his completions, and he is getting better game by game. His test will come this week now, but your the only one that seems to not see this. I never thought JB was perfect, but I will tell you this, you sir should have never been offered to write here. You think Addazio did a good job, and that my little league coach, is just a joke.

  11. 1. You made a response with nothing pertaining to the topic, and included a flame. That is trolling.

    2. Please provide evidence with specific examples where I’ve been proven wrong. Did Brantley light it up vs Bama and/or LSU yet and I missed it because I thought they played UAB this past weekend.

    3. Please provide the exact quote where I said Adazzio “did a good job”

    We’ll all wait for that one anxiously, but we won’t hold our breath since I have never said such a thing.

  12. Lemans- You’re letting your emotions get in the way of common sense here. All Bone suggested was that Addazio shouldn’t have taken the heat for Demps getting injured last year, it’s becoming pretty obvious that Demps is just injury prone. Plain and simple. We all know Addazio is an idiot, nobody on this site would be here if they thought otherwise.

    Bone- Your conspiracy theory about how the boosters and JB’s legacy are what is allowing him to play seem pretty far-fetched. I guarantee nobody, ESPECIALLY the boosters, want to see this team lose games. Isn’t it possible that Brantley is just an exceptional practice player? That is what the coaches get to see that we don’t. When there is no pressure, he’s probably flawless, but as we’ve seen, when that pressure comes in games he is so easily rattled. A 5th year senior who still looks like a deer in the headlights = BAD. Especially in the SEC.

    Still, you can’t say just put Driskel in because look at Tebow’s incredible Heisman season. Tebow was a sophomore in 2007 and had more than a year and a half of practice plus tons of big-time game situation experience in 2006. Driskel is fresh off the high-school bus and probably not ready to start. That said, he needs to BE READY by at least mid-way through the season so that if JB has a meltdown, we have someone to turn to. I say play him like we did Tebow in 2006 for the first half of the season (and when I say “like we did Tebow in 2006” I mean in important situations like the 4th and 1 at Tennessee that year on our game winning drive, not 4th quarter mop-up duty). Then, he’ll at least be MORE ready to start this year and next season can be possible SEC and NC championship runs.

  13. This is not a troll. This is a far cry from Juergensen. Lemans makes decent points. Watch the highlight film without your antiBrantley glasses and honestly tell me he has no chance to succeed.

  14. He made a post deriding my coaching abilities while not addressing the topic.

    That is trolling. Just because he’s pro Gator does not eliminate it from being a troll post.

    I don’t need to see the highlights; I saw the game, lowlights included.

  15. Brantley doesnt have IT that is painfully clear but he does have what it takes to manage the ball games and thats all we need with our talent and D….

  16. 1. you deserved the flame, b/c you keep preaching your coaching backround, yet it seems to most your eye for coaching wouldnt pass the middle school level

    2. I laughed at this one, you want me to prove evidence of 2 games that havent happened? Hold on wait let me go ask LSU and Bama for the tape of the game, OH WAIT IT DOESNT EXIST, good call on that one coach.

    3. You dont have to provide an exact quote, you are just playing with words so it doesnt seem like you are a dumbazzio lover.

    “its addazios fault he fell wrong”
    “isnt addazio at temple, redzone problems”

    You have to laugh a little at yourself sometimes I would assume, b/c its just to obvious your knowledge isnt what it seems. You are just angry that I have called out your knowledge, and people halfway agree with me. They halfway agree with you also, which is great so were both fine.

    I do have to say one thing pertaining to Neils post. It seems like, though you call us JB fanboys, that my comment about your pure hatred of JB, is starting to cloud your better judgement. Most here are siding with me and you know it, that JB has shown us a diff. QB this year. Ok so I dont know if he has the “it” factor, though I think he could with enough confidence, he has a strong arm and good accuracy. I just feel like you hate him so much, that you keep on consistently overlooking his game play. I know its not just me on this forum.

  17. Thebone isn’t a moron and knows his football, but has heavy biases against Brantley, whether he wants to admit it or not. It could be that he’s an impatient fan and he’s so used to seeing Tebow wreck defenses that anything short of Tebow type domination is unacceptable.

    Who’s the guy behind Brantley? Oh, it’s that Driskel kid. Who’s that Driskel kid been compared to in many ways? Tebow. Perhaps this is why he wants Brantley out for him. Just a theory.

    Whatever your theory is, this much is obvious: thebone is a knowledgable and impatient football fan. Gator Nation is admittedly an impatient fan base, and thebone apparently fits right in.

  18. Exactly. Look how that worked for Greg McElroy in 2009 when he had a pair of beast running backs and a stout defense. Neither McElroy nor Brantley are Tom Brady, but they don’t need to be.

  19. Lemans – you need to learn how to read. I have maintained that he doesn’t have what it takes against the big boys. The fanboys are saying he does have “IT” based on his average performances against below average teams.

    Citing the occasional good throw.

    He has just over 400 yards with a 1-2 td/int ration vs two fucking cream puffs and you people are acting as though he’s putting up those numbers against Alabama and LSU.

    He has been AVERAGE versus below average teams, which does NOT bode well for the big boys. Understand now ?

    Neil – how much patience should I have ?

    I watched him blunder his way through last year. Part his fault, part Meyer’s, part Adazzio’s part boosters.

    I watched people blame Adazzio for Demps getting hurt. Didn’t see one mention of blame on Rainey. You know, Rainey, the guy everyone loves this year that got suspended for sending death threats to his girlfriend. Remember him ? His stupidity added to Demps’ workload.

    Oh and the other thing, this is the same Demps who skips practice to run track. Yet nobody says a peep about that. It’s all Adazzio. Same with Riley Cooper skipping practice to play baseball, not building a rapport with his team. Remember him puking on the sidelines he was so out of shape ? Nobody says a word about that. All Adazzio.

    THAT is blind hatred. I gave Brantley his chance and he is a disaster.

    Charlie Weis’ own words, while more diplomatic, confirm it.

  20. Lemans – you need to learn how to read. I have maintained that he doesn’t have what it takes against the big boys. The fanboys are saying he does have “IT” based on his average performances against below average teams.

    Citing the occasional good throw.

    He has just over 400 yards with a 1-2 td/int ration vs two fucking cream puffs and you people are acting as though he’s putting up those numbers against Alabama and LSU.

    He has been AVERAGE versus below average teams, which does NOT bode well for the big boys. Understand now ?

    Neil – how much patience should I have ?

    I watched him blunder his way through last year. Part his fault, part Meyer’s, part Adazzio’s part boosters.

    I watched people blame Adazzio for Demps getting hurt. Didn’t see one mention of blame on Rainey. You know, Rainey, the guy everyone loves this year that got suspended for sending death threats to his girlfriend. Remember him ? His stupidity added to Demps’ workload.

    Oh and the other thing, this is the same Demps who skips practice to run track. Yet nobody says a peep about that. It’s all Adazzio. Same with Riley Cooper skipping practice to play baseball, not building a rapport with his team. Remember him puking on the sidelines he was so out of shape ? Nobody says a word about that. All Adazzio.

    THAT is blind hatred. I gave Brantley his chance and he is a disaster.

    Charlie Weis’ own words, while more diplomatic, confirm it.

  21. There’s nothing wrong with a game manager. McElroy was serviceable. The problem is, I haven’t even seen that from Brantley yet. Until proven otherwise, Brantley is just paper mache who needs his daddy to speak on his behalf.

    Ladies and gentlemen, the leader of the Florida Gators – the man who hides behind his daddy. And I mocked Colt McCoy for having his daddy speak for him.

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