Whatever you think of Urban Meyer’s salesmanship, there’s no denying his coaching skills. Here’s something David Hale posted this morning:
— It’s one thing to enter the year without an established QB. That, of course, will be the case for two-thirds of the SEC this year. But it’s another thing to do that with what is far and away the least accomplished group of receivers in the league, and that’s exactly what Florida will do in 2010.
Listen, I’ve seen enough of Urban Meyer to assume he’ll put a potent offense on the field no matter what this season, but he’s definitely going to have to work a bit harder to do so this season than he has in the past (which is amusing considering he worked so hard it put him in the hospital last year).
Florida will return just 886 receiving yards in 2010 — less than half the average among the other 11 schools — and the biggest question mark surrounding the Gators last year was whether or not they had a legitimate vertical passing game.
Again, I don’t doubt Meyer’s ability to put a quality offense on the field, but it will be very, very interesting to see how that unfolds this season.
Here’s a guy who got all sorts of skepticism about whether his offense would work in the SEC when he started at Florida now being given the (Mount Cody-sized) benefit of the doubt that it’s going to continue to perform at a very high level despite having big question marks about his passing game. And I bet that most neutral observers would agree with David’s observation. How many head coaches can you think of who get paid that sort of complement? Dude can coach.