11/15: Weis evaluates players, talks offense

By Adam Silverstein
November 16, 2011

As the Florida Gators prepare for their upcoming home contest against the Furman Paladins on Nov. 19 in The Swamp, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis met with the media on Tuesday to discuss his team’s upcoming game.

DESPITE SETBACKS, EFFORT REMAINS IMPRESSIVE

The Gators may not be performing up to Weis’s standards on the field but during practice throughout the week they continue to make him smile.

“I just came back from practice and I’m talking to one guy and saying, ‘That’s not a 5-5 team,’” Weis recalled, noting that the team was upbeat and working hard. “As one of my old mentors said, ‘You are what you are.’ We’re 5-5 for a reason, because we’ve been too inconsistent at critical times.”

He was also impressed in the fact that the players showed up 15 minutes early for their weekly meeting on Monday at 6 a.m., explaining that is usually not the mentality of a team with such a record.

“I am not saying I was shocked, but I was pleasantly surprised. I always get here early, and I was surprised that so many of the guys, when you have a 6:00 meeting, were here so early,” he said. “Usually they’re ducking for cover. That’s usually the case. That has not been the case with this team. I can’t really put my finger on it, but it’s definitely a positive not a negative.”

OFFENSE MUST AND WILL EVOLVE IN 2012
[EXPAND Click to expand and read the remainder of this post.]Florida’s two speedsters – running backs redshirt senior Chris Rainey and senior Jeff Demps – have at most three games remaining in the orange and blue. Once they are off the team, the Gators’ offense is going to have to be reshaped, but Weis said Tuesday that he is not overly concerned with their replacements picking everything up.

“What they all know is they all know the system. They all know the verbiage. They all know the terminology. They all know how to get lined up. They all know how to motion. Now that allows you to do just about anything. Most playbooks, especially with guys who have been doing this for a while, are quite expansive. And then you try to find out who you have and direct it in certain directions,” he said.

One player who may play a big role in his junior season is newly positioned RB Trey Burton, someone who has been in at halfback, fullback, quarterback and wide receiver.

“We’re going to get to this offseason and settle him in at one position, give him a chance,” Weis said. “For example, when Rainey and Demps are gone, rather than play him at fullback, play him at halfback and give him the chance to be the guy at halfback. We’ll have to wait and see how that goes. There isn’t one guy who wants to be a jack of all trades and master of none. They want to find a home and be the guy where they have an opportunity to help the team however we see best.”

PLAYER EVALUATIONS

Redshirt sophomore tight end Jordan Reed: “Jordan’s arrow has been pointed up for over a month now. […] On and off the field, every day Jordan with us has been pointing up. It makes it easier now because now you can coach him harder. I always coach people hard to start off with, but you can squeeze them more because when they have some success they’re willing to take even harder criticism and that makes them better. The harder you get on them without them going in the tank, the better off they play. Jordan has got a very high ceiling that hasn’t even come close to being reached yet.”

Redshirt freshman guard Ian Silberman: “I only worry about the guys that are really out there repping right now. He’s not getting a lot of reps right now. If he were playing well enough, he would be in there. I’m not trying to be sarcastic, that’s very matter-of-fact. Frank [Verducci] does a diligent study on those linemen. If he thought he deserved to be in the first seven-or-eight guys, he’d be in the first seven-or-eight guys.”

Wide receivers: “I’m not happy with the production at a lot of positions, receiver being one of them. It’s tough to be happy with the production. Am I happy with the effort? Am I happy with their blocking? Yeah, but am I happy with the production that we’re getting? No. Join the club.”

NOTES AND QUOTES

» On his frustrations with the offense: “I’m frustrated on a number of things. It starts off by not scoring enough points. That’s really the bottom line. In a game like South Carolina, you get in the red zone three times and you only come up with one touchdown. That’s just not good enough. They get down there and they score two touchdowns and that’s the difference in the ball game. Sometimes in the Southeastern Conference you’re going to win games in the teens. Not every game is going to be in the 20s, 30s and 40s. That’s the frustrating thing, getting down on the two-yard-line and ending up having to settle for three, getting down on the five-yard-line and ending up having to settle for three. Those types of things are frustrating, yes.”

» On using a cane during the South Carolina game: “What has happened is my knees are great but my left hip is killing me. I can either take a lot of drugs and walk fine – it’s one thing if you take it at 9 at night like a painkiller – but then it affects you during the day. You really can’t do [your job on drugs]. People will probably wonder if I took them anyway.”

» Weis said the pistol set was installed because of redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley’s limited mobility due to his ankle but added that it will not disappear from the playbook when he is fully healthy. “I like it,” he said before noting that “there’s things that you lose not being underneath center.” Elements of the pistol have given the Gators an added dimension. “It’s something you don’t throw away,” he continued. “You’re not going to run your whole offense from it but there are elements you can go ahead and utilize.”[/EXPAND]

8 Comments

  1. g8ter27 says:

    I think Weiss was taking those pain killers while calling games. I am serious. He does not like the production of the recievers but thinks Brantley is doing great. Reading some of his comments it seems like he can’t wait for Rainey and Demps to be gone. If so, then play Gillislee and that other guy that is rumored to be on the team Mack Brown.

  2. Aligator says:

    Trey Burton Woo hoo! I think he will be the speed and size they need!!

  3. gator says:

    This is not a 5-5 team.It is a 5-5 coaching staff.

  4. Gator John says:

    The only thing I don’t like about this staff is the fact that if someone keeps putting the ball on the ground, they won’t sit them. Rainey has cost us two wins this year because he can’t hang on to the ball. If you take away just one turnover from each of those losses, we are 8-2. An UGLY 8-2 but still….
    I think once they get some playmalers in on offense that actually fit the pro-style, things will shape up. The defense is going to get better with all that young talent.
    My biggest concern is special teams…what’s going on there? That used to be one of our biggest advantages, Now Durkin seems to have them timid.

  5. Aligator says:

    I also don’t like the we just want to get batter and play each game the best we can. OBC and Urbs made it very clear they were there to win. period.

  6. Alex says:

    This is a 5-5 team. The team is so devoid of talent it isn’t even funny. We have no pass-rushing DEs, our O-line is awful, our LBs are the size of Alabama’s safeties, there is not a single WR on our team that would start in a top 20 team, our QB situation is a mess, our CBs don’t get burned more because opposing teams run it down our throat. Do not be fooled by the stars next to the player’s name on these recruiting service websites. The only players on this team that would start for a good team are Dominique Easley, Matt Elam, Shariff Floyd, and Jaye Howard. Just think about that for a moment. We have 69 players on scholarship, and most of them are not very good. It is like we have been sanctioned by the NCAA.

    Between 7-10 more players will be transferring after this season;this combined with Seniors like Brantley, Howard, Demps, Rainey, Wenger, W. Green, D. Thompson, J. Wilson all leaving at the end of the year our roster numbers will be dangerously low in the summer; next year we will have a new QB and a bunch of incoming freshman fused with the mess. If you think this year is bad next year will be even worse; strap on your seat-belt and ride out the wave because it is going to be ugly for a while.

  7. GG says:

    Talks offense….what offense? Pitiful at best. Need to groom the young quarterbacks now, especially against Furman. Let JBriss throw and JDriss run (and throw). Where is Gills these days? We need him to be playing well for next week. Seems like we run the same 5 plays consistantly. If our receivers can’t beat these guys deep, I give up!

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