Saturday, September 4, 2010

Gators Pull Off Victory Despite Very Sloppy Offensive Performance

The Florida Gators opened its football schedule at home playing Miami of Ohio. Although the Gators won 34-12, the offense played awful football.

Several commentators have rushed to blame Florida's offensive performance on the absence of Tim Tebow. Some of these same commentators, however, likely predicted that Tebow would fail in the NFL, and they probably harshly criticized him during his time at Florida.

Analysts who watched the game looking to understand what actually happened will resist the kneejerk "post-Tebow" script. Quarterback John Brantley actually did a decent job for his first start. Some of the veteran offensive players, however, had an inexcusably terrible performance. Mike Pouncey, for example, had over a dozen bad snaps, which made it hard for Brantley to utilize his powerful throwing arm. Also, several offensive players fumbled the ball, resulting in Gator turnovers.

The strongest element of the game was the defense. Despite numerous turnovers and mistakes by the offense, the Florida defense prevented Miami from going into the endzone.

Thankfully for the Gators, the team was able to escape this miserable performance with a victory. In addition, the Gators will have a week to correct mistakes and get ready for SEC play. Alabama is only two weeks away for Florida.

UPDATE: This analysis at Bleacher Report gets it right.

1 comment:

gcotharn said...

I left this blog when the raucous healthcare town hall meetings were happening in summer 2009. My point, then, was that town hall participants knew that U.S. Congresspersons were standing at podiums and blatantly lying to audiences. Town hall participants were objecting to that lying as best they knew how (i.e. town hall participants were objecting in earthy and human fashion). Subsequent health care developments have proven town hall participants correct: U.S. Congresspersons were blatantly lying to audiences. For instance, you noted that Pres. Obama was lying when he said: "This will not raise your taxes." And that was one of many areas in which lies were told. When I saw this, I thought of you:

Scott Johnson wonders “whether President Obama made a single truthful argument in favor of Obamacare.” Good question. The Tea Party is about curbing many things, out of control spending, loss of freedoms, and the like. But right up there on the list is that people really don’t like being lied to, brazenly and repeatedly, by someone who looks at them condescendingly, with a sneer that says “what are you going to do about it?” We wonder what Mary McCarthy would say about this fellow.

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