10/29: Pease on offensive line changes, Taylors

By Adam Silverstein
October 29, 2013

Florida Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease met with the media on Tuesday ahead of the seventh game of the season against the Georgia Bulldogs on Nov. 2.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD TACKLE(S)

The Gators’ much-maligned offensive line is set for a bit of a shake-up on Saturday as it appears all but certain that junior transfer Trenton Brown, a 6-foot-8, 361-pound behemoth, will start at right tackle for Florida. Pease refused to give him that designation on Tuesday but did admit that Brown spent a lot of time working with the first team offensive line during the off week and last few days.

“Yeah, he’s in line to play quite a bit. I don’t know. He’s got to continue through practice and see where he’s at. I don’t think you can just say, ‘Hey, you’re starting’ all of a sudden to a kid. He still has to accountable to his performance in practice,” Pease explained. “He was taking first-team reps last week, he’s taking first-team reps this week, and we’ll go from there. He’s still got to step up to your performance. He’s gotten better, he deserves an opportunity, and he’s going to get that.”

Pease credits Brown having to work against talented sophomore edge rushers Dante Fowler, Jr. and Jonathan Bullard for his improvement but noted that much remains to be seen in how he will handle defenders that will attempt to outmaneuver him because it will be impossible for them to knock him down.

“That’s something you’ve got to find out. Knowing what we’ve seen in one-ons and going against our guys, the kid provides a lot more mass. At 360, you’re probably not going to get pushed back quite a bit and bull rushed,” he said. “That kind of limits maybe what other guys can do. So they’re going to use more speed factor to get around you. In doing that, you’ve got to be able to compensate for what they’re going to do. Sometimes it takes out some of their moves.”

A change may also becoming at left tackle as redshirt junior Max Garcia, who has started every game for UF at left guard this season, may move over a spot. That would put both of the Gators’ starting tackles, sophomore D.J. Humphries (left) and redshirt sophomore Tyler Moore (right), on the bench at the opening of Saturday’s contest.

“I think he’s been one of our most consistent guys,” Pease said of Garcia. “It’s tough on all the guys. When you go out to tackle, usually you’re used to being in a smaller area, and now all of the sudden you got an extension from your alignment cleared out to possibly the sidelines to what we call a C-gap. In how you got to set your angle for a pass set, it’s tough on a kid because they don’t get reps at it every single play if they are playing inside at times. So to really change within the game is hard on them.”

If Garcia does start at left tackle, redshirt senior Kyle Koehne would take his place as the starting left guard.


AN OFFENSIVE LINE (PART II)

To say that Pease is dismayed at the lack of effectiveness the offensive line has displayed would be an understatement. He admitted as much on Tuesday, noting that Florida has been exposed up front and the unit is not anywhere near as strong as it should be at this point.

“I think when you say ‘strength of the team,’ it’s because they’re experienced guys and guys that are loyal and they’re kind of rocks up front,” he said. “I still think they have to be our strength because what we’ve built and what we started with, if we can’t move anybody up front, at least in the run game, then we’re going to have, it’s going to be hard to produce, hard to move the ball. They’ve got to be the foundation of what we’ve built the whole thing on.”

In order to help out the Gators’ offensive front, the coaching staff appears to have focused on gap protections and moving the pocket in order to give the quarterback more time to throw the ball. Like head coach Will Muschamp said on Monday, the protections have been simplified in order to reduce thought and promote action.

“The thing we tried to go back and focus on simplifying is how much can we take off of them of what they really have to think and adjust. There’s still some that you’ve got to be able to do because defenses change their schemes and looks, their fronts, you’ve got to make sure you have answers to them. But as much as we can take off of communication line to execute more on the run and just play fast and not be thinking up to the immediate snap of the ball or at the snap of the ball, that’s what we’ve got to do. Now, can we totally take all that out? No, but we’ve got to try to eliminate some of it.”

NOTES AND QUOTES

» On whether redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Murphy (shoulder) threw the ball in practice on Monday: “Yeah, he threw. He threw and he was — it’s really been about two weeks where he hasn’t done. He’s thrown about 30 balls up ‘til yesterday. So you know his arm — his accuracy was off a little bit and just kind of getting back into the rhythm and the timing of everything and still kind of having to zip. I mean, he’s fine that way that he can throw, it’s just kind of getting back in that flow after you haven’t done anything for 14 days.”

» On whether Florida went away from freshman running back Kelvin Taylor too early against Missouri: “Looking back on it, I think when Kelvin came on, he kind of got in a flow. And then we were still using him. Sometimes he wasn’t in there and he probably should have because he got us going again. Once we got him downhill, and he had that one stretch of three or four runs, then he kind of hit it downhill and had a couple big plays, we geared into the runs that we wanted with him. We probably should’ve stayed with him and fed him a little bit more.”

» On why sophomore tight end Kent Taylor has not seen the field in 2013 despite playing as a freshman: “We had looked back on it and determined if he was ready or not, and he wasn’t ready at the time. We said this was going to be more of a time where we use him as a redshirt. … You got to be able to block in that position and run routes, and you gotta see that you can perform and your performance has got to show up. It’s more probably development at this stage. I think he’s got potential to meet those expectations. But I don’t know if his development is totally there. And not every kid’s going to be an immediate guy. He’s a kid that’s got to maintain weight to play in that position. He can’t be too light. And sometimes, I think in this sport, and at this level, you’ve got to give kids a chance to develop. It’s not going to be just because he catches a touchdown pass in a game. It’s gonna be one to two, sometimes three years. You go look at the good teams and the good players, they really start showing up their junior year. Some kids do it as sophomores, but junior year and senior year you hope they are still around here to continue to play and prepare themselves.”

» On the importance of maintaining confidence throughout a game: “We’ve been in such spots and had so many lulls. If you look at the Missouri game, we just had way too many negative plays. We’ve got to get back to where we’re, I think, you do got to find some confidence in what you do and have some belief and get in some rhythm of what you’re doing. Because if you don’t, you just continually kind of dig yourself down into a hole and it’s hard to get out of [it]. We’ve got to get out of that.”

» On Georgia’s defense: “They are obviously not as experienced as last year’s crew, but they still fit into the scheme. They’re very multiple in what they do. Because they’ll play a couple of different packages depending on what personnel you have in the game. And how they use (Leonard) Floyd and [Jordan Jenkins], they can cause complications to you because they’re all over the field and you don’t know if you’re ID’ing them as down linemen, linebackers.

“They cause problems that way. I think their kids play with a high intensity. Especially, you look at [Josh] Harvey-Clemons back there, he’s a rangy kid that can get to the ball. [Damian] Swann’s a kid, I’ve seen for two years even going back to when I was back at Boise State, that kid has gotten a lot better. He kind of anchors the secondary. [Amarlo] Herrera and [Ramik] Wilson on the inside are kids that are backers that are very consistent, who don’t come off the field. They fit them all into different packages. They’re either lined up as D-linemen, as ends, as backers, sometimes as what we call nickel Sams in coverage. They’re very multiple in what they can do. They’re good at disguising their coverages and how they get to their pressure scheme.”

27 Comments

  1. SJ210 says:

    Humphries and Moore have both been turnstiles on the outside. It’s very disconcerting that a team built around the HBC’s desire to be a power run team that dominates the line of scrimmage has, in year three, a terrible OL and is last in the SEC in yards per carry. Can’t get much more fail than that.

  2. Michael Jones says:

    So, Coach, you say that Taylor “kind of got in a flow” against Mizzou? If by “kind of got in a flow” you mean that he ran rampant against the Mizzou defense and was essentially our only sustainable offensive bright spot in an otherwise miserable day, then I’d have to agree with you. Sounds like a bit of an understatement but I’ll go along with it.

    And if by “sometimes he wasn’t in there and he probably should have because he got us going again. . . . We probably should’ve stayed with him and fed him a little bit more” you mean that you blew it big time by inexplicably taking him out of the game because the Mizzou defense still hasn’t stopped Taylor and apparently you are the only one who couldn’t see that, then I would agree with that too.

    Here’s an idea about “moving the pocket.” It’s kind of revolutionary, but I’ve heard of some teams running it. It’s called a “bootleg.” You know that mobile QB you have? And you know how you so predictably love to run on 1st and 2nd down against a 7 and sometimes 8 man box and then ask the QB to convert a 3-and-8 first down pass against a jail break pass rush? Well, I’m thinking that if you would occasionally fake the hand off on 1st or 2nd down and then roll your QB out into the flat with a pass/run option, that would probably really catch the defense off guard. I’ve heard of teams doing that. Like every team Mike Shanahan has ever coached or won a Super Bowl with, for example. Bama runs it. Oregon runs it. Texas A&M runs it. It would probably be okay if we ran it too.

    • Ziggy says:

      Now that’s funny right there. I don’t care who ya are.

    • nugent1021 says:

      did you see the mizzou/south carolina game? Spurrier ate that pass rush apart with a bubble screen when Shaw was in there. Just had Shaw toss it right over the top of the D line when they came at him. It was classic. Something we should have done, but I don’t think we have even tried.

      We can keep blaming the line, or we can put the blame squarely where it belongs – on the offensive coordinator and bad play calling. We should have adjusted to the heavy pass rush but instead (like all last year, too) our O line looks like deer in headlights instead of a simple bubble screen to take the pressure off. I don’t know how much Muschamp has to do with the offense, but he only takes the blame for the defense – which tells me he really isn’t influencing it much. We need to get rid of Pease or it will be more of the same.

  3. Michael Jones says:

    Not to mention the fact that the threat of a bootleg keeps the defensive end at home and honest instead of crashing down the line of scrimmage, unblocked, and tackling our tailback right after he gets handed the football. Might make life a little easier on the O-line if the defense didn’t know our formations and tendencies better than we do.

  4. Oldflyer says:

    Send us your resume Michael Jones, and we will certainly consider you for a position.

    You certainly seem to have the answers to some problems that our coaching staff simply cannot figure out.

    Hmm! I wonder though. If the tackles are consistently getting beat on an outside speed rush, or if we are getting hammered by unblocked blitzers off the edge, which by the way is what you see in the film, how would rolling the QB toward that outside speed rush, or edge blitzer, actually work out?

    Any thoughts on that? Just attach them to your resume.

    Until we receive your resume and/or the answers, I guess we will just do the best that we can with the coaches who have devoted their working lives to this endeavor.

    JF
    WM

    • Michael Jones says:

      Ha ha. . even when I was typing my comment, I was laughing in anticipation of Will’s cousin, Oldflyer, coming back with the old “send us your resume” reply. Yeah, football is just SOOO complicated that you have to have at least 20 years of head coaching experience before you should be allowed to comment on this website, right? And what exactly do you know about my qualifications anyway, Cousin Oldflyer?

      But, let me help you out by addressing your queries as to how the bootleg concept would work against a hard, outside-edge speed rush. Remember, in case you don’t know what a bootleg is, that you FAKE the handoff to the running back–not on an obvious passing down–and the FAKE tends to pull the hard rushing, unblocked guys coming off of the edge inside to tackle the tailback who–surprise!–does not have the ball for a change on 1st or 2nd down. Then the QB runs AROUND the fooled rushers, against their momentum, generally untouched. He then either hits an open receiver or runs the ball. Since you break down so much “film,” surely you’ve noticed this play work many times with opposing offenses, right? It actually works best on super aggressive rushers coming off of the edge exactly like the ones you’ve described. But being such a close part of the coaching fraternity I’m sure that you already know all of this.

      As for my resume, I’ll just give to you and you can pass it on to Will at the next family reunion. I’m very much a big time Will Muschamp fan, btw, but if you’re super-sensitive to criticisms of the coaching staff, these comment boards must be tortuous for you. But remember, as one commenter noted recently, me being critical of what is painfully obvious to everyone doesn’t make me any less loyal a fan or any less of a Gator than you, Oldflyer.

      GO GATORS!!!

  5. Mike says:

    Zero confidence in Pease’s offensive coaching and leadership skills. At some point you have to look around at the other FBS teams and their productivity with much lower rated players. Last year our Offense was 105th in FBS so you give the guy a pass cause “its the players first year in the scheme”. Half way through his 2nd year we are 106th in Offense in FBS. Seriously? University of Florida 106th? With all those highly rated recruits? Some guys achieve results consistent with their position and are considered successful. Some guys are not up to the challenge and NEVER WILL BE. Muschamp and Pease are names that, when all is said and done, will join the pantheon of NOTSOGREAT Gator coaches – a list that includes Zook, Loeffler, Dickey, Weiss and a slew of other notsonotables.

    • nugent1021 says:

      exactly!!! doesn’t take a professional coach to figure that out, we’ve all figured it out. Kinda obvious when you’re bottom dwelling the whole nation in offense for 2 years straight who’s responsible for that. We’re not saying we have the answers (and Michael Jones isn’t either) – we’re just saying the current offensive coordinator is a putz and needs to go. Maybe Muschamp wants to go down defending him. Noble. Unemployed in a year or two, but noble.

      • Gatorgrad79 says:

        …and Foley seems to be going to the mat for muschamp.

        • Mike says:

          Jeremy Foley has been a stellar Athletic Director. He has guided UF at such a high level that he is clearly THE GUY you want as CEO of your 100 mill/year Athletic Department. Even when he hired Zook (which was an utter FAIL) he did not hesitate to correct the mistake in an expedient fashion, jettisoning his personal friend in the process.

          Which brings us to the current debacle. What will Jeremy Foley do?

          Clearly Foley believes in Muschamp and is willing to go to the mat for him. Unfortunately (for Foley and all us Gators) it seems that UF’s lack of anything resembling an offense has as much to do with Muschamp’s conservative philosophy as it does with the Offensive coaching staff’s obvious limitations.

          After the debacle at Missouri, Jeremy Foley stated that “Muschamp’s not going anywhere and I’m not going anywhere”. Well, that statement appears to leave fairly little room for negotiation.

          Sorry Jeremy BUT at our current rate of offensive inadequacy/incompetence SOMEBODY is gonna have to GO. Big money boosters and Bull Gators will likely see to that.

          Mostly it just seems to be a matter of who and when.

          • Michael Jones says:

            Well-said, Mike. I’m a big Foley fan and he deserves a ton of love and recognition from us Gators. No AD bats 1.000 but he has a heck of a record of success and overall body of work as our AD.

            You also said something else that I agree with and have thought all along and that is that the problem with our offense isn’t Pease so much as it is Muschamp’s philosophy. Pease is a convenient whipping boy but I’m not buying it. I know that’s not a popular view on this website but that’s what I believe.

            Pease came to UF having been the OC at Boise State (I know, gatorboi, for 1 year, but he had been in the Boise State system longer than that, including as a QB coach). That’s the offense he knows, but it’s not the offense we run. Who do you think is responsible for that? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: hiring a Boise State OC to run Muschamp’s offense is like hiring Mario Andretti to drive your riding lawn mower.

            • gatorboi352 says:

              I’m at a point where Muschamp and Pease deserve equal blame for the offense.

              Muschamp for having such an ass backwards philosophy on it, and Pease for not having any balls to step up. I guess his pay check is enough.

  6. Ziggy says:

    It’s not Muschamps job to coach the offense, it’s his job to make a coaching change if it’s not working out. Nobody was ready to fire Pease after last year so I think Muschamp hasn’t done anything wrong yet. If the offense doesn’t improve through the final games, he should do his job and relieve Pease or Davis or both of their duties. If he doesn’t, then that would be the definition of a head coaching mistake. I personally like Muschamp and his philosophy of establishing the run to open the pass and play great defense. Unfortunately, the O line isn’t opening holes, which falls on Davis and the play call is suspect at times, which falls on Pease.

  7. J-skool says:

    How did no one ask Pease if he feels he is coaching for his job in this game (or the remainder of the season)?

  8. GatorGrad98 says:

    If I see the Burton wildcat on Saturday against GA, then I have truly lost all confidence in Champ! I’ve already lost it with Pease!
    Go Gators!!!!

    • Michael Jones says:

      I agree. Our pussycat formation is a miserable failure. I would rather just start at 2-and-10 than run the pussycat and lose five yards on 1st down every time we get into the red zone. It’s a give away down and a momentum killer (it’s worse than a five yard penalty because you also lose the down).

      Note to Coach Muschamp: if something other than the pussycat marched us down the field to get into the red zone in the first place, why would you change that once we got into the red zone?

  9. SJ210 says:

    Speaking of OL, I just read that Bama has commitments from the #1 ranked OT and OG in the country as well as the top two ranked C prospects for 2014. Meanwhile, Muschamp has commitments from two 3-star OGs and a 4-star OL, none of whom are ranked inside the top 250 according to the rankings posted by Adam. I know rankings don’t mean everything (see DJ Humphries), but you’d think that if you wanted to build a program around a power run game and controlling the LOS that you would put more emphasis on OL recruiting instead of signing 6 DBs every year.

    • Michael Jones says:

      Absolutely. And Bama does that every year, btw. And every year they get an OL drafted in the top 10 of the 1st round. Hard to recruit against that unless a kid wants to get on the field a lot sooner. . . . HINT HINT HINT!!!

  10. aziatic41 says:

    Pease is one of the most boring guys I know. His interest and energy level in his press conferences are always boring. He never shares any advanced knowledge of offensive playcalling in his interviews. It is always basic stuff that even little league coaches know. “Run-the-ball” or “protect the qb better” etc. Everyone needs to wake up guys! YOU HAVE TO SCORE POINTS TO WIN GAMES! How hard is that to realize as a coach?

    My gut feeling tells me that it is Muschamp though who micromanages Pease with the play calls and the always predictable conservative game plan. He seems like he is intimidated by Muschamp. In his conferences he almost always repeat something Muschamp has said in his prior conference.

    Finally, plain and simple if we lose ugly to UGA and USC with poor offensive performances, there definitely should be coaching changes by Jeremy Foley.

  11. SWFL Joe says:

    you do got to find some confidence in what you do and have some belief and get in some rhythm of what you’re doing

    If this is true than why do we always go away from something that is working once we stumble across it. KT ran the ball down Missouri’s throat in the forth quarter and then on the next series we pass, pass, pass punt and KT rides the pine because we always bench the “hot hand”. As nugent pointed out SC ran screen after screen against Missouri BECAUSE IT WORKED. A good OC keeps running the same play over and over until the defense can stop it. Once they do, you run a different play but you do it out of the same look. Pease has got to be the best defensive coordinator in the SEC because so far he has been the only one that has been able to stopped KT.

    • Michael Jones says:

      Beautifully said, SWFL Joe. That’s pretty much the way you run an offense and I couldn’t have said it better: keep running what works until they stop it, and then run something that counters that but out of the exact same look/formation.

      Maybe you should submit a resume along with me and hopefully Oldflyer will let us be co-offensive coordinators.

  12. Mike says:

    Joe you are correct.

    The ol’ ball coach vs. Missou, once he found a weakness was like a KNIFE THROUGH BUTTER.

    The new ball coach vs. Missou once he found a weakness – OK THAT WORKED LETS DO SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT AND FAIL.

    If ever there was a more clear and lucid illustration of where we stand right now – that was it.

    Whatever else you can say about SOS he GETS the whole momentum thing. Muschamp/Pease not so much.

    • Michael Jones says:

      I call it the “Omarius Hines” syndrome. We won a lot of games last year so it didn’t get a lot of attention, but I can’t tell you how many times Omarius Hines would come off of the bench, score on a great run or pass play, only to return to the bench after the touchdown never to be heard from again for the rest of the game.

      To date, no SEC defense has stopped either Omarius Hines or Kelvin Taylor.

      • Michael Jones says:

        Actually, it’s more accurate to say that Hines would hit a play for good yardage or score a touchdown and then not be heard from again. He didn’t score every time.

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