TWO BITS: Ex-Gators not happy about Addazio

By Adam Silverstein
December 29, 2009

1 » Though the players who, you know, have actually played under and been coached by offensive coordinator Steve Addazio are singing his praises, a host of former Florida Gators are not happy with the decision made by head coach Urban Meyer to make Addazio his interim coach. A number of them sounded off to the Sporting News:

Center Cal Dixon: “I have concerns about Addazio because of the offensive struggles this past season. It’s hard to gauge how much of the struggles were due to Addazio’s play-calling or from the loss of great personnel like Percy Harvin. I have seen Addazio work with the offensive line and I like his passion, intensity and teaching at the offensive line position level, but

Wide receiver Jack Johnson: “I’m not sure that I believe in Addazio enough to manage the ship for one year. In my mind, he has proven that he wasn’t ready to be an offensive coordinator at UF so I know he isn’t ready to be the head coach

WR Travis McGriff: “Steve Addazio is a very bright coach. I think he struggled a little bit this year as an offensive coordinator. It was his first year in that role and I think it was a learning process. I think he possesses many traits that you want in a head coach but I’m not quite sure he is ready for this

OL Reggie Green: “I don’t think an interim coach is the best decision because of the lack of permanency. I don’t think players and coaches are as focused on a long-term basis, a season, knowing the situation can change at any time. It promotes confusion

2 » Following up on his colleague’s story about four-star cornerback Joshua Shaw (Palmdale, CA) and the reaffirmation of his commitment to Florida, JC Shurburtt of Scouts, Inc. caught up with Shaw to pick his brain some more. “[Coach Meyer and I] just agreed that we would talk on Sunday and not jump to any conclusions at that time,” Shaw said. “We agreed I wouldn’t try to de-commit and call up other schools. Then I just left it in God’s hands. The next morning, I got to talk to Urban. He told me that he basically isn’t going anywhere. We have a father-son relationship basically. I talked to him before he had his press conference and he was letting me know basically it was still safe for me to attend Florida.” Shaw plans to recruit hard for the Gators this week and hopes to bring four-star wide receiver Chris Dunkley (Pahokee, FL) on board. “I am hoping that Chris Dunkley will be a Gator,” Shaw said. “No doubt about it.”


  1. ko classic says:

    That Jack Johnson was a stud. Even though he wasn’t related to Willie Johnson or Terry Johnson.

  2. Mr2Bits says:

    These players sound like me the last few days

  3. miamigator says:

    Would anyone expect current players to say anything negative about Addazio? I would have liked to hear conversations between RBs & WRs after announcement to put Addazio in charge. Expect everyone who CAN leave TO leave for NFL.

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