Florida’s offense just isn’t good enough to compete with the big boys. Year Two under Brent Pease is not a whole lot better than Year One… or Charlie Weis’ one year. Remember when Weis was the reason for the Gators’ offensive deficiencies?
Naturally, fans are starting to wonder if the common denominator — Will Muschamp — is allowing his offensive coordinators the freedom they need to win football games. In other words, is he handcuffing them and ordering them to run the football? Again and again and again?
Yesterday, Pease was asked that question. His response:
“How much does he exert control on me? Like any coach, we all have ideas we share. He’s very open about what we do. He allows us to do our job and do what we want to do to be successful.
Like he says, ‘Do what you’ve go to do to win a football game.’ That’s what we’ve got to do. I think he’s got his philosophy on what the makeup of our team is. Everybody is good with that, including myself.”
In 2011 under Weis, Florida threw the ball 236 times against BCS foes. That ranked the Gators 10th in the then-12-team SEC.
In 2012 under Pease, Florida attempted 219 passes versus BCS teams and that ranked 13th in the 14-team league.
This year, the Gators have thrown 121 passes versus BCS teams. That places the Gators in a tie for sixth in the league. Tossing in non-BCS opponents, however, Florida has thrown the ball fewer times than any other team in the Southeastern Conference.
Whether he does or he doesn’t, it’s obvious why some are starting to think Muschamp is the man to blame for Florida’s offense — through three years and two coordinators his Gators have run the ball a helluva lot more than they’ve thrown it.