There is so much to love about the first two paragraphs of Robbie Andreu’s paean to Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease:
Successful coordinators at Florida tend to not stick around very long. They move on and move up to a head coaching job. It’s a natural progression that many have followed, including Bob Stoops, Dan Mullen and Charlie Strong.
Brent Pease seems to be on that path now, especially after his UF offense decimated the No. 1 defense in the nation in the Gators’ victory over Florida State a few weeks back. Pease is on the path, but if you listen to him, it’s obvious he’s not blindly streaking down it ready to grab the first opportunity that comes along.
My first thought as I read that was at a high-profile program like Florida, three coordinators in fifteen years progressing to head coaching jobs isn’t a particularly spectacular track record. (And as for not sticking around for very long, Charlie Strong spent eight years as Florida’s DC before moving on. But I digress.)
My second thought was “what, no Charlie Weis?”. Hey, he fits the pattern. Although we can debate whether the term “successful” applies to him. But in any event, I’m sure as hell having a hard time seeing how it applies to the guy whose offense finished twelfth in the conference in yardage and tenth in scoring this season. If that’s how Andreu measures success, there are a bunch of SEC offensive coordinators who are more than ready for prime time. I’ll have some of whatever he’s drinking, thanks.