Florida Blame Game

After Florida’s 24-20 loss to Georgia this past Saturday in Jacksonville, there’s lots of blame to go around:

You know situations are dire when the Gators can’t even defeat Georgia, a program they’d beaten 18 times in the last 21 years. But what do expect with Florida’s offense remaining this bafflingly bad? How can this possibly be? How can a Charlie Weis offense be this pitifully pedestrian? How can the Gators have only one first down in the second half and minus-19 yards rushing? And how can UF’s offense fumble the ball twice, setting up two easy touchdowns for Georgia’s own struggling offense?

Weis has four Super Bowl rings, but his offense this season isn’t even good enough to deserve a spot in the Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl.

Here’s all you need to know about Weis’ offense: It came into Saturday’s game ranked No. 90 in the country, 19 spots behind the offense of Temple, which is coached by former Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio. Weis, of course, is considered a maestro — the Beethoven of offensive football. Addazio? He is the Weird Al Yankovic of offensive football.

You know the Gator offense is bad if they play the Addazio card.

But Weis doesn’t share the blame by his lonesome:

Granted, Florida’s offensive talent is not what it needs to be. The line is weak. The depth is thin. The receivers seem incapable of making big plays. The quarterback situation has been in flux because of an ankle injury to starter John Brantley. And the Gators are trying to run a pro-style offense with spread offense talent.

The fact is, former coach Urban Meyer left Muschamp with a paucity of elite-level SEC talent. Muschamp even admitted as much Saturday. “We’ve got to build our numbers back up, we’ve got to get better on the line of scrimmage and it’s difficult to have a power running game with who we have,” he said. “You don’t have to be real educated to figure it out.”

That’s right.  Blame the former coach and blame talent.  While it is true that Will Muschamp’s Gators run a different offensive scheme than the Meyer versions, it’s the coaching staff’s job to make that transition in a way where you can compete.

And regards to talent?  Well take a look at these Rivals.com rankings for Florida over the last five years: ’07 – #1, ’08 – #3, ’09 – #11, ’10 – #2, ’11 – #12.  Yes, there have been departures, etc., but that hardly shouts “paucity of elite-level SEC talent.”