Here’s a note from Tony Barnhart’s post today:
… When I was at Florida two weeks ago offensive coordinator Steve Addazio told me that without Tim Tebow the 2010 offense “would probably look a lot like 2006.” That’s the year that Chris Leak was the senior quarterback in a traditional, drop back passing offense. The wrinkle came when Tebow, a freshman, would enter the game on short yardage situations to pick up the first down. This season John Brantley will fill the Chris Leak role.
Is that such a great thing? Here are Florida’s in-conference scoring offense rankings over the past four seasons: 5th in 2006; 2nd in 2007; 1st in 2008 (by more than 100 points!); 3rd in 2009. Now Barnhart’s right in mentioning that Florida did just fine in the ’06 season with that offense, but that year’s MNC is more of a tribute to a ferociously talented defense than the Gator offense.