11/5: Pease on Wildcat; Brown, Moore step up

By Adam Silverstein
November 5, 2013

Florida Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease met with the media on Tuesday ahead of the ninth game of the season against the Vanderbilt Commodores on Nov. 9.

SECOND THOUGHTS ON THE BURTON-CAT

Suffice to say, the Gators have not had much success at all running direct snap plays with senior wide receiver Trey Burton this season. Nevertheless, Florida has continued to run them with the latest incarnation coming on Saturday in form of an option on 1st-and-10 from the Georgia 41. UF was trailing UGA 23-20 at the time and ended up completely stalling on the drive. The Gators never touched the ball again.

Asked Tuesday about the decision, Pease admitted that he definitely second-guessed the call following the game, even if he was not completely clear in his reasoning for running it in the first place.

“Well, I look at the play and, I mean, we knew we had it in and a lot of the things we’ve done with Trey have kind of been more inside with him carrying it. This gave us an option. What we wanted to do with him hitting it and also getting the ball to [Solomon Patton]. And, as I look back on it, yeah, I second guess myself on that play,” he said.

“One thing we do is we go through and we say, ‘OK, what plays are good?’ And that’s something we haven’t hit. I think with him it takes some adjustment by a defense to play to him, and we hope that’s what they do defensively. If we just designed the run for him, you’re right, those probably haven’t been that great this year. I know they were more effective last year. But that’s why the play was designed more for him to have an option, it’s either him or getting the ball to Solo.”

NOT-AS-OFFENSIVE LINE

Though Florida still surrendered four sacks on Saturday, only two were blamed on the offensive line. As a whole, the unit played much better with a big – literally – part of that being the effort contributed by a first-time starter in junior right tackle Trenton Brown.

“I think he did a good job in the game. There’s still some things you look at on film and [he can improve on]. He had one holding call,” Pease said. “But I think the kid went out and competed and was good on his assignments. There’s a couple things we’ve got to clean up. I think he’s good now that he’s kind of had some of those been-in-a-game situations. I think he’ll get better.”

Brown admitted that he has plenty of room for improvement but was also perturbed that his 6-foot-8, 360-pound frame did not see the field for more snaps through the first seven games of the season.


“It was kind of frustrating but then I realized I had to get myself prepared mentally,” explained the transfer. “Physically, I have all the intangibles to play this game, but I had to kind of go through the process and learn the offense and understand what Florida was needing of me.”

Brown was jovial when he spoke with the media for the first time on Tuesday, noting that he has grown two inches over the past two years and may not be done yet as X-rays taken before the season revealed that his “growth plates are still open.” He still hopes to lose 20 pounds and remains an avid basketball player, one who earned some scholarship offers when he was down at 280 in high school. “Before I gained all this weight, I could windmill [dunk],” he said.

He also admitted that playing against Georgia, his home state’s school and the institution he committed to out of high school before playing in junior college, was emotional. “There were a lot of emotions in my mind. I know a lot of those guys, a lot of those coaches, but I knew I had a job at hand and had to take care of business. I wanted some bragging rights, but we’re going to get them next year.”

Emotional for a different reason Saturday was redshirt sophomore left tackle Tyler Moore, whose underwhelming performance all season and especially egregious mistakes against Missouri put him in a tough place mentally after that game. Moore felt like he improved significantly over the last two weeks of practice.

“Nobody could probably imagine how bad it probably was because not too many guys were looking me in the face after that game. It ain’t fun, that’s all I got to say.

“I just tried to get over it as quick as I could, still felt a little bad after the game and into the bye week. But slowly throughout the bye week, tried to work as hard as I could to show them that I was ready to play for the next game and slowly feeling like myself again.”

With Moore moved from the right to the left side of the offensive line, the Gators surprisingly protected better than they had in weeks. Brown believes it is just the beginning of improved play from the unit.

“Saturday I felt like we gelled for the first time really this whole season,” he said. “I had to step up Saturday and take care of business Saturday. With the guys, they helped out a lot, coming through the off week and last week preparation in practice. They helped a lot, and I just thank those guys.”

PLAYER EVALUATIONS

» Redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Murphy: “People start to get a feel on you a little bit and know how they are going to defend you. He’s shown that he‘ll run the ball, so people tie their zones down and do some things up front to make you, you don’t maybe see quite as many open lanes at times. They try to keep you in the pocket, force you to throw the ball, which in some sense is good, but you got to make sure you got the right plays dialed up. Seeing coverages soon enough to throw, he’s done a good job of that. I still think there are spots he’s shown that he needs to have some anticipation with things. Any time you’re back there, and any time there is pressure, you got to handle pressure and be able to maybe change the protection to get us into something where we’re in a sound blocking scheme to protect yourself.”

» Junior fullback Hunter Joyer: “I think he’s done a good job. He’s really in a spot where you don’t see his name a lot because of what we ask in his role and what he does positionally. He had a catch the other day. He’s done a good job blocking. It’s kind of a rule that you get a lot of ‘thank yous’ from your teammates, I guess, when they see what you do. Him and Gideon both. He’s been steady. He’s been one of the kids that – through the last three, four games – has been steady for us.”

» Freshmen wide receivers Ahmad Fulwood and Demarcus Robinson: “Ahmad has just been consistent. He is kind of getting in the flow. By him being more consistent, he’s played in that spot in the X position more when we go to four-wides. Demarcus has to be more consistent in what he does. … I am a little bit [disappointed in Robinson] because I think he’s got up-and-downs in practice. But you can’t get them all on the field at once, so it’s got to be the two, three or four most consistent guys depending on what you’re using. And right now, he’s a good kid and he’s got a lot of ability, but you’ve got to continue to compete.”

» Redshirt freshman QB Skyler Mornhinweg (and whether he’s game-ready): “That’s a good question. Obviously, I got confidence to put him in there. He changes some things in what we have to do. He’s got to be game-ready. He’s taking a lot of reps in practice, and you’ve got to kind of get him in rhythm within the game. You probably won’t know that until, a lot like with Tyler, you’d be in the same sense as when Tyler came in after Jeff got hurt.”

NOTES AND QUOTES

» On positives he could take out of the Georgia loss: “I think we really had some good flow going at times, and with some of our empty sets, we hit some good runs and Kelvin [Taylor] did a good job in the run game. And the kids, when they got their energy level up, we found something that we could go to. But that’s how we’ve got to play all the time. We can’t expect to kind of have something that forces us into that situation or find it [in the game]. We’ve got to find that from play one all the way through.”

» On how the team “simplifies” running plays: “Really what it is is we kind of reduced the amount of run plays, pass plays we have. You can build in different ways from different formations and looks and just try to get the easiest looks for the guys up front. That’s what it is. You’ve still got the same run play. Sometimes, for you guys sometimes it all kind of looks the same. But for us, it’s really about trying to get the looks up front for the kids that are consistent, whether you are running a gap scheme or zone scheme or a draw scheme.”

» On failing to score touchdowns – or at all – in the red zone: “The one thing, I look at it this way, I think we’ve been good about getting in there. Our percentages show that. But we’re not probably getting there enough. We do need more touchdowns. We kind of get in a situation where we settle. It’s just, I guess, sometimes you want the big play, you want to immediately score the touchdown instead of still taking, ‘Hey, we got to get four yards on this play. We got to get four yards and keep grinding on them, maybe set up a pass off of it. Probably going and trying to hit a big play. If we don’t get it executed, we’re in a bad second-down or third-down situation.”

» On if more option plays were run to protect the offensive line: “Based on what they were going to play, we feel you can get the edge. You now, because at that stage, you kind of — we made a drive down there and I don’t want to risk throwing. I mean, you know, you pull back a little bit to see if you can get it on that play, break away from some of your tendencies. And then, you know, if you don’t get it, OK, we got to play for the field goal. And then, you know, I think there were some in there that worked out where we did a better job of running on third downs where we’d been pretty pass-heavy, you know, where got some first downs with it.”

» On starting fast, not slow: “For us offensively, it’s just understanding the looks and people start throwing things at you and making adjustments. I thought we started well the other day, particularly by hitting a big pass play. And then we kind of hit the lull in there until we got the little momentum from the turnover. I think finding more rhythm on some plays. Obviously, play-calling, you’re trying to find what’s hitting and what’s not and then kind of zero in on that. Sometimes I got to get them back in and I guess maybe cut back and go back to a lot of plays that probably were more consistent or more bread-and-butter for us. That’s how I think I can help them out.”

22 Comments

  1. Ziggy says:

    It doesn’t sound like that Muschamp is the one pulling back on the reigns when we get in the red zone. Pease said some things that made me scratch my head a little, especially the part about not wanting to risk throwing the ball inside the red zone. Hold on to Pease until the 2014 class is signed, then bring in the new guy.

    Michael – Still think that it’s Muschamps philosophy holding back Pease?

    • Michael Jones says:

      Ha ha. . funny that your comment was the first one waiting for me, Ziggy, because as I read Pease’s comments, I said to myself (as Desi once said to Lucy): “You got some splaining to do!”

      To say that I was disappointed in Pease’s statements and explanations would be an understatement. Wow! And still absolutely no explanation as to why Burton has not thrown out of the wildcat. So let me get this straight, Pease: we take out a running QB who can throw the ball (Murphy) and replace him with a running QB who cannot throw the ball (Burton)? And that’s supposed to make life harder on the defense?

      Amazing stuff. . . “second guess” the unicat? Seriously? Now, after miserable failure after miserable failure, you’re finally “second guessing” it? Uhhh. . ya think? Which games have you been watching, coach? And you admit that all this time that Burton was the only option? And you don’t think that SEC defensive coordinators already knew that? As did all of us watching the game? UNBELIEVABLE.

      You were right, Gatorboi. Pease’s involvement as Boise State OC must have been mainly to keep Petersen’s headset chord untangled.

      Okay, fellow Gators, I will from this point on shut my mouth in regards to defending Pease. You were right, and I was wrong. He might be a nice guy but he sounds as dull as a butter knife. I hate saying something like that about a guy, but the evidence is beginning to look overwhelming.

      • gatorboi352 says:

        I still don’t trust Muschamp to make the right moves and decisions until he actually does it. The only times he has ever made moves is if guys take another job (coaches) or guys get injured (players). Too reactionary, Boom.

  2. Daniel M. says:

    Pease = white noise

  3. ObieGator74 says:

    The WILDBURTON. Please see Einstein’s definition of Insanity.

  4. g8ter27 says:

    Total offense: 110/123
    Scoring offense 103/123
    rushing 73/123
    passing 109/123
    sacks allowed 95/123
    yards per completion 92/123
    penalties 115/123
    penalty yards 104/123 (but Oregon and Baylor are actually worse here)

    These stats are ridiculous. If I was looking at stats alone i would swear this was Southern Miss, Temple, Wyoming etc.

    • nugent1021 says:

      Nuf Said right there. 73rd/123 is the best stat, and that’s the best we can do with the #1 running back out of high school.

      Ron Zook 2.0

    • Michael Jones says:

      I get a kick out of the way we’re going with the penalty thing (like. . . “Hmmm. . .maybe being penalized is a good thing?? Hmmm.. . . “). The way we keep pointing out that some really good teams are highly penalized. Pretty soon we’ll have ourselves convinced that the problem with our offense is just that we’re not getting penalized enough.

      Penalties will always suck and make life harder on the team being penalized. Just because some teams were good enough to overcome penalties, doesn’t mean that now all of the sudden penalties don’t really matter. They’re “PENALTIES,” get it?

      Penalty theory 101:
      PENALTIES=BAD
      NO PENALTIES=GOOD

  5. jbgator says:

    I dread Tuesdays for the sheer reason of Pease’s media interview. He offers nothing of substance.

  6. Ken (CA) says:

    well, he’s right about one thing. Defenses have to adjust to Burton – they see him in the wildcat and pack it in knowing he is going to run it from a direct snap and work on that 4 yard loss….

  7. Michael Jones says:

    Burton and Joyer are an example of two kids who were way more productive offensively as freshmen. FRESHMEN, mind you. That says a lot about a coaching staff.

    I don’t know if a lot of us realize just how great of an arm Jeff Driskel has, or what kind of an athlete he is. The fact that he seems to have gone backwards from his last year to this year is inexplicable and also says a lot. Christy, Morrison. . two NFL corners–Roberson and Purifoy–who have largely been quiet this season. All headscratchers.

    • gatorboi352 says:

      I think there is some merit to this. The reason being is the sheer number of players involved here. It’s not like it’s _just_ Driskel regressing or something. There is an alarming number of players that appear to have hit a wall or started regressing over the past couple of years. I can only look at the coaching at this point.

    • Gatorgrad79 says:

      MJ, not having the opportunity to develop under Chris Leak prior to his injury may the most unfortunate happenstance of Driskle’s career. When he comes back he won’t be the same player and the rotation will have changed around him….more squandered talent at UF. There is a pattern here that really sucks and points to coaching issues (all the way back to urban Liar, who would make you disappear if you pissed him off) because the players don’t control when their number gets called!

  8. SWFL Joe says:

    So now that Tyler Moore had a decent game we lose him for the season. We have plenty of “man down’s” but do we have any more “man up’s)

  9. fanan says:

    Problem isn’t the scheme its the fact since Tebow our Q.b’s cant throw a pass more than ten yards accurately . Teams have been stacking the line for the past four years. Brisset should of been that guy, the only right idea Weis had. A good quarter back can overcome poor line play. But you cant win in todays game consistently with inaccurate, slow read making Q.b’s.

    • gatorboi352 says:

      It definitely would have been interesting to see Weis another year and Brissett at the helm. Brissett was Weis’ guy

    • Michael Jones says:

      First of all, you have to call a pass play for over 10 yards before you can tell whether our QB’s are accurate for over 10 yards. Secondly, Brissette (that’s how you spell your favorite QB’s name) had a nice touch and a good arm but was lead-footed–which means that he would have been less likely to overcome poor line play than either Driskel or Murphy.

      As for “slow read making,” I agree that all of our QB’s have suffered from that–including Brissette in the short time that he played–but that’s a coaching problem more than a talent problem.

      • fanan says:

        You misunderstood me, and iwasnt clear. JB, better, wasnt the answer but Weis had no time to find another pro style passer, but he and Champ both knew that you cant beat Saban with the spread. How can you blame Pease when Murphy was behind Reed,Burton,and Brantley at a time. How can you blame good Qb’s not choosing Uf when you see a school change offensive coordinators every other year..

        • Michael Jones says:

          I think we have great QB talent at UF. Driskel was a very highly regarded recruit and what looks like a really good one on the way with Will Grier. Really, the only place we’re suspect right now from a talent standpoint is along the O-line. We’re going to have to win some 4 and 5 star recruiting battles for O-linemen if we want to compete for championships.

          We’re pretty well-stocked in the defensive backfield, coach. How about bringing in some stud linemen on both sides of the ball?

  10. G2 says:

    The natives are restless!

    • Gatorgrad79 says:

      As they should be! Recruiting sound lines should be a ‘fundamental’ and yet we have struggled with it really since 2006.

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