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Florida Better on Offense Sans Tebow?

While Florida was good on offense last year many fans (myself included) wanted to see more passing and less of Tebow running.  We wanted to see the game plan from the Sugar Bowl not the ones from the SEC schedule.  As Year2 points out it took a loss in both 2008 and 2009 for UF to open the playbook and score like it should have been doing prior to the loss. 

Many think Florida (offensively at least) will look something like the 2006 team, with Brantley playing Chris Leak and Trey Burton or Jordan Reed (when not playing Tight End) doing their best to imitate Tebow.  While the analogy is decent I think the 2010 offense can be better.  The main reason is: Tim Tebow will be gone.

Part of last year's problem was Meyer and Addazio only trusted Tebow and Tebow only trusted Aaron Hernandez and Riley Cooper.  Brantley should have more trust in all of his receivers and the coaches should trust running backs in short yardage situations.  This year will force the issue of trusting more players and I hope the coaches understand that.  

Last year if Hernandez or Cooper weren't open Tebow was most likely to pull it out down and run.  While that tended to work out it often left yards on the field and risked Tebow getting injured (concussion aside).   As we all know this will not be Brantley's forte.  He will make his reads and then only run if he can get to the side lines or simply throw it away.  Luckily like Tebow,  Brantley will have a talented O-line to give him time to make his reads.

This year UF will rely on a wider variety of play makers than they have since 2007 when it was the Harvin and Tebow show for two years and then only Tebow in 2009.  No longer will defenses, especially early on in SEC play (Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama), be able to key on so few players on any given down as they could last year.  It is much more likely that they will have to contend with having Demps and Rainey on the field at the same time, along with Moody (if healthy) and the other receivers (Thompson, Moore, Debose, etc).

Brantley and the rest of the offense get to cut their teeth on Miami of Ohio, USF, Tennessee and Kentucky.  The USF, UT, and UK games will present enough of a challenge that we will see how well the offense will function before heading to Tuscaloosa.  

UF should have plenty of success this year if they can swap their Passing and Rushing yards per game.  Last year during SEC play Florida averaged 178 passing yards and 193 rushing yards.  In 2006 Florida averaged 222 through the air and 150 on the ground.   If Brantley can average over 200 yards (225 has a nice ring to it) passing per SEC game and Demps, Moody, and whoever else is running can amass at least 175 on the ground Florida will be well on its a way to contending for another SEC crown. 

A FanPost gives the opinion of the fan who writes it and that fan only. That doesn't give the opinion more or less weight than any other opinion on this blog, but the post does not necessarily reflect the view of TSK's writers.

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