It means you shouldn’t count on any Tebow-like performances out of the Florida quarterback position any time soon.
Certainly not from John Brantley and probably not from super frosh Jeff Driskel, either, even though he is uniquely suited to be the next Tebow.
Sorry Gator fans.
The media is trying to sell it, but I don’t buy it. If the Gator coaching staff’s goal was to find a system perfectly suited for Brantley (or Bernie Kosar, for that matter), then they’ve succeeded. Bully for them, but that’s not the path to Heisman (and therefore team) glory in the year 2011:
Muschamp, who was Texas’ defensive coordinator and coach in waiting before leaving for Florida, said he isn’t looking for Brantley to perform like Brady or Tebow.
“I just know from the quarterback position, it’s managing the game,” Muschamp said. “Peyton Manning manages the game. Tom Brady manages the game. They don’t turn the ball over. They take care of the ball. They provide great leadership for their offense and their football team. They convert on third down. They check and get in the right run. They check and get in the right protection. They see the pressure coming and they slide the offensive line. That’s managing the game and that’s what we want to see, and he’s got the ability to do all of those things.”
Pretty inspiring stuff about managing the game and checking down, huh? Tell you what, the only thing Tim Tebow ‘managed’ was his post-victory celebratory trot around the field after four quarters of pummeling defenders. The toughest decision one-time Gator Cam Newton ever had to make in a game was whether to go over, around or through a defender (yes, I am passing up the easy payola joke).
Read more over at College Football Pundit*:
You see, the Weis system requires that the quarterback be a statue. A mobile quarterback might actually gain yards via a designed run or through the improvisation of his feet instead of, say, checking down as taught and making a play with his arm (thus rendering pointless Weis’s tutelage). And if the best athlete on the field is playing quarterback and making it look easy, where will that leave the galoots who paid all that money to attend Steve Clarkson’s camps? Where will that leave the coaches whose jobs depend on teaching these outmoded systems?
Well, the one galoot quarterback on the UF roster–John Brantley–also stands the best chance to be next year’s starter as it turns out, though certainly not because of anything special he did last season.
Meanwhile, the team’s most athletic quarterback–Jordan Reed–has been exiled to tight end where he can have as little impact on the game as possible. On another planet, in another life, or on another team, he might’ve been the next Newton. Too bad.
Can a Gator quarterback challenge for the Heisman in the Weis system? Sure, eventually. Brady Quinn made it to New York in 2006. But Quinn played for Notre Dame and, besides, college football offenses have changed quite a bit since then–as has the perception of what constitutes a good offense and a good player.
It’s going to take some time and a few recruiting cycles before Florida’s offense rebounds.
I doubt Weis–or his system–will be around to see it.
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