Meyer looks for the scoreboard to move. It doesn't.
But that's not what turned my head. Why took me off guard was the lead:
Urban Meyer has spent the past five years traveling through college football and into every corner of his brain to develop what he believes to be the perfect offense.I'm sorry, but huh? Judging from the stats, it looks like Meyer should visit Illinois and see what the Zooker might suggest for moving the ball in the SEC.
Now Meyer is giving away all that knowledge. Yep, just handing it out. Free, no less. Oh, don't worry, Gators fans, it's not like he is handing it to just anybody. Nope. This twisted individual is handing his trade secrets over to other college football coaches.
Gator Band members reflect fondly on Zook's offenses
Meyer's spread offense was hyped last year to take the SEC by storm at the same time rescuing the stodgy old conference from it's primative ways. However, the Gators scored fewer touchdowns, ran for less yards, passed for less yards, got fewer yards per carry, and .... well...everything was worse offensively under Meyer vs. Zook. And that holds true in almost every category for 2003 as well.
2005 Meyer Numbers vs. 2004 Zook Numbers are Below:
By the end of the season, the Gator media and fan base had every reaction imagineable to Meyer.
In reality, it was the Gators defense where all the improvement took place last year. Florida's ability to stop the run, combined with better game management, and better player conditioning brought the Gators up from 7-5 to 9-3. However, losses to South Carolina, a near brush with death vs. Vandy, a seal clubbing vs UF, and the lowest point total vs. the Georgia Bulldogs in forever didn't leave Meyer with the Offensive Genius label many had anticipated.
So are we to believe that other coaches are STILL racing to Gainesville to learn about Meyer's spread? Surely, you can't be serious.
The Gators will be better in 2006, but the hype with this guy is just ridiculous.