Meyer: it’s the Jimmies and Joes, stupid.

The Orlando Sentinel has a refreshingly straightforward Q & A session with Corch Meyers worth a look, especially for this quote:

MEYER: “If you know me, you know I think any offense can work if you have the right personnel back. Offenses are overrated. People are not. The NFL will take a quarterback and put him on a very bad team and call him a bust. Never mind that the defense ranks last in the league and there’s no offensive line. Chris Leak [in 2005] had about as bad a three-game [stretch] as we’ve had at Florida that I’ve ever had as a coach and it just so happened that Bubba Caldwell broke his leg, Jermaine Cornelius sprained his ankle, Chad Jackson had a bad hamstring and Dallas Baker broke his ribs. And so Chris Leak struggled the next three games when we’re playing LSU, Georgia. It doesn’t matter what you run. It’s personnel based.”

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8 responses to “Meyer: it’s the Jimmies and Joes, stupid.

  1. RecruiterDawg

    I know Baker had a good game against UGA in 2006. Caught some big balls is those first few drives to go up 14-0.

  2. CFR

    I think Meyer’s being a touch dishonest here, sort of a do as I say not as I do thing.

    If he truly felt offenses were overrated he wouldn’t have built a career as an offensive innovator of sorts and would have hunkered down and run conventional offenses or coached much more on the defensive side of the ball.

    Obviously he sees margins to be exploited and puts tremendous energy into offensive football. You don’t do that on something that is overrated. This just doesn’t mesh.

    • The Realist

      Preemptive posturing [excuse-making] for life after Tebow?

      I assumed he would jump ship. He might have come to the realization that Notre Dame will be just successful enough this year that his Dream Job won’t be open for the easy getaway.

    • Meyer’s main philosophy with offense more than anything is to get the ball to your best playmakers as much as possible. It stems from an incident when he was an assistant at Notre Dame and the Irish lost to Nebraska in 2000. Then-ND receiver David Givens was crying uncontrollably after the game because he didn’t touch the ball and felt like he didn’t have the chance to help the team win.

      From there on out, everything became based on making sure all the best players got their hands on the ball as much as possible. Everything else he learned from someone else, and if you ask him, he won’t tell you he’s an innovator.

      He spends a lot of time on offense, because you can’t do offense (or defense, or special teams) half-way and succeed. The point wasn’t that scheme is irrelevant, but that any good scheme will fail without good players.

  3. Ben W

    Why is he watching tape on Oklahoma?

  4. I hate to admit it, but I tend to agree with Corch Myers. Mike Bobo showed last year that you can put up excellent offensive numbers, even against good defenses, with the right personnel.

    And Year2 is right as well, I don’t think I’ve ever heard Meyer position himself as an innovator. In fact, I’ve heard him rattle off a half dozen or more coaches who he borrowed from. One of them was Dan Mullen, who I believe was an underrated component of the Gators’ offensive success these last few years. As Chris at Smart Football has pointed out, Meyer’s offfense is a lot of things, but one of them is not new.

    • Dog in Fla

      Absolutely. I’ve never gotten the impression that Meyer thinks of himself as a genius like a Spurrier may have used to think of himself or a Mike Leach may now think of himself or that Meyer takes credit for building an offensive scheme, or any other scheme, from scratch rather than lifting from others and adapting same to his best players. He has always seemed to me to be very modest in that regard especially so in light of his recent record. His special teams expertise probably even exceeds his offensive expertise.

      • Mike In Valdosta

        I agree with what corch is saying, but I have to inform you, this is a blatent attack on the San Fransissyco Fortyniners.