Ryan already covered this, I know, but I’m going to go into a little more detail. I’ll be honest: I know a fair amount about defense, but not enough to coach it.
With offense, however….
Since I work with offense at my high school as a GA, (if you don’t know what that is, think of it as a unpaid position the level below coaching) I certainly know enough to write the kind of scathing reviews of Steve Addazio that I posted on bleacherreport throughout last season.
Type in your most trusted search engine “After Further Review, Steve Addazio Is A Moron”. I would give you the link to it but I’m not going to because I want yall to see just how many views it got, and no, this is not to brag- it’s to show you (yes you, bone) that everyone so fullheartedly agreed with my stuff that they reproduced it onto at least four or five different websites.
But now Steve Addazio is gone, and although it’s fun to rip on him, I already did that.
So let’s talk about John Brantley.
Like I said in my Jacoby Brissett article, John Brantley has shown tremendous potential- to run the option play for two yard losses, to throw gorgeous interceptions into triple coverage and to play his best game during crunch time.
His best game, that is, of twiddly thumbs.
Having said that, John Brantley has shown flashes of brilliance. But they were few and far between in 2010, and a good chunk of them came against the weaker teams, like Miami Ohio.
No, John Brantley couldn’t even….
I am going to STOP HERE.
You know what? I can’t continue with this anti-Brantley tirade, because even though I’m a big fan of being fair and spreading blame where it belongs, I can’t rip him much more.
Yes, Brantley was inaccurate, made bad decisions, checked down way too often, etc.
The only thing I saw wrong with him that was directly his fault was that he was soft. He had no leadership, he couldn’t bounce back from bad performances, etc.
But even that was Addazio’s fault.
Look. The offensive coordinator has always been directly responsible for the team’s offense, unless the head coach is the one running the offense, then it’s the head coach’s responsibility.
Here are the issues that Steve Addazio had that caused the decadence of John Brantley.
1) Refused Urban Meyer’s request to fix the offense to fit John Brantley’s style.
Meyer had said before the season that he would tweak the offense to fit John Brantley. Did anybody see that? This must have been part of Urban’s new stess free routine, right?
Even worse, Addazio blamed it on Brantley and refused to realize the fact that the offense is made of 11 players. Rather, he basically told Brantley, “I’m sorry the offense isn’t working, and I know my play calling sucks, but it’s your fault and going to rotate QB’s.”
Yes, Steve, that three headed clusterf*ck that you created is utterly brilliant. Because now you can run that spread that you wet your pants at night over, instead of realizing that you are working with one of the most hyped recruits in the nation and tinkering with the offense to fit him.
2) Play-calling/ Offensive Style
Yeah, we all know this already. Addazio’s play-calling would have caused a tornado had it sucked or blown any more. But as much as it hurt us fans to watch it, it hurt John Brantley twiceover to run it.
Brantley was never comfortable. Anybody with an idiot’s degree in how to run an offense could see that.
So why didn’t you, Oh Great Stupid One? We all know Brantley has a good arm and is about as mobile as Touchdown Jesus.
You’re our offensive coordinator. In case you’ve forgotten, it’s YOUR JOB to be on the same page as the QB on EVERYTHING REGARDING FOOTBALL. Maybe he’s soft, maybe he’s weak- ALL RIGHT. HE IS NOT THE GREATEST LEADER. I GET THAT. BUT HE IS STILL THE QB FOR THE FLORIDA GATORS AND THAT CARRIES A BADGE OF RESPECT. HE HAS TALENT. BUT IS IS YOUR JOB TO NOT LET THAT TALENT GO TO WASTE UNLESS YOU TRY TO WORK WITH HIM AND HE FAILS IN A PRO STYLE OFFENSE.
Oh, man. We’ll see about that when Charlie Weis works with him. If he still sucks, then I reserve the right to change my mind.
3) Knows That Brantley Is Sensitive, And Doesn’t Do A Damned Thing About It
What do you mean? So John Brantley isn’t unbreakable like wolverine?
No, he’s not only very easily broken, but there should be a sign that says “Caution: sensitive material. Do not touch!!!” on the back of his jersey. Addazio exploited Brantley’s only known weakness out of high school- vulnerability- and used it to slowly dismantle everything this guy has aside from his actual body.
First when what little leadership Brantley had, if any. Brantley clearly was a misfit in the system, but a real leader would have done something about it. Had he been a real man, either he would have gone up to Steve Addazio- yeah, right, nobody escapes King Steve’s chamber alive!- and asked him to install plays to fit his talents, or he would have tries his hardest to become a fit in the spread.
But Addazio so destroyed his confidence that THIS HAPPENED.
Remember this, anybody? Yeah, that’s right. It’s from one of Ryan’s posts on firesteveaddazio.com. Yes, you have seen it before. Does this not perfectly illustrate what I just said?
But, oh, silly me. What would an offensive coordinator POSSIBLY want to be bothered by his QB in such an intense moment for?
Maybe Addazio so scared Brantley that he was afraid to talk to him.
But again, it is Addazio’s responsibility to try to make Brantley comfortable, because like it or not, he’s your QB, and the measure of a coach is what you do with what you have.
So let’s some it all up. Addazio destroyed Brantley’s confidence, and it showed on the field. In the Miami Ohio game, Brantley threw a great deep ball, and Deonte Thompson just dropped it. After that, Brantley didn’t really throw any good depp passes.
So John Brantley sucked, but it was all caused by Steve Addazio.