COLUMBIA -- If you're trying to mow down some minutes at work this week, cruise over to firesteveaddazio.com. That's right, Florida's (pseudo) offensive coordinator has a site dedicated to his offing.
(Perhaps from the creators of fireronzook.com?)
The point is, it's been one week -- even if it was one miserable week -- and frenzied Florida fans are ready to fire someone.
The offense is going through the definite transition, just the same as it already was last season without Percy Harvin.
There's still a lot of talent in Gainesville. The Gators will be fine.
Even with their issues, they still might be better than Georgia and South Carolina.
Or at least better than them when they meet on the field.
Anyone noticed, by the way, that Addazio looks like comic Louis C.K.? Anyone?
Hidden Cam: Cam Newton made one of the highest-profile debuts Saturday, for Auburn. The one-time Florida QB didn't disappoint, either, rushing for 171 yards and a pair of scores against Arkansas State. He added another 186 yards through the air -- and three of his nine completions went for touchdowns. Just imagine when Newton gets fully acclimated to Gus Malzahn's system. Seems as if Malzahn, known for his wide-open passing system, already realizes he has to play to Newton's strength of versatility.
Something positive: Doesn't really matter who it came against, Tennessee needed the moment it got Saturday. Even against the Skyhawks (isn't that a bit redundant?) of Tennessee-Martin, a 50-0 victory is sufficient to help salve the wounds left behind by the previous regime. I'm sure it was an offseason for new coach Derek Dooley that felt like five years. He'd talked enough about his plans for the Vols; it was time for, you know, football. The challenge gets glaringly more difficult, with an Oregon team that meted out a 72-0 beating of New Mexico.
Forgotten Alshon: Lost in the lofty talk about Marcus Lattimore and Ace Sanders' immediate sparks for South Carolina, and they are relevant, is the fact that Alshon Jeffery was uncoverable most of the night against Southern Miss. The Eagles' secondary wasn't overly impressive, by any means, but Jeffery appears to have a confidence and swagger that wasn't previously there. That's frightening, considering what he did to the SEC in the second half of last season. Of Stephen Garcia's 193 passing yards, 106 went Jeffery's way. Good news for USC is, if teams try to take Jeffery away, overcompensating, there are others that can work effectively.
Getting Nixed: Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix has never been all that impressive at making in-game adjustments -- a reason he didn't make it at USC -- and that was on display Saturday against an FCS team, albeit a pretty good one.
It's embarrassing to allow Jacksonville State to march all over your home field in the final minutes -- and in overtime. The players always have a great amount of responsibility, but the leadership directing them didn't help them to adjust.
Snap judgment: The part we all forgot in Florida's transition was center, with the Gators going from one Pouncey (Maurkice) to another (Mike). The latter made his presence known in a rather inauspicious way, rolling about a half-dozen snaps to new QB John Brantley. Pouncey will get it together, you've got to figure. But will that matter rear its head at an inopportune time this fall? Heck, what if it rains (as it's apt to do in a place called "the Swamp)?
Tiger tale: Is it possible that, because of track records, LSU tightens up in the final minutes of a game? Do you think the Tigers realize -- literally, on the field -- what has them by the toe is Les Miles' inability to manage crunch time? Could that contribute to something like Stevan Ridley inexplicably coughing up the ball when the team is all but in run-out-the-clock mode?
He said it
"I'm disappointed with the outcome." Georgia's Mark Richt, upon learning of star receiver A.J. Green's four-game suspension.
Stat of the week
257: That's the number of return yards that All-SEC cornerback Patrick Peterson piled up for LSU -- most of it coming in the first half of the win against North Carolina. Consider, first, that Peterson wasn't necessarily considered one of the league's elite return men (until now). Consider, also, that Florida had 212 total yards Saturday against Miami of Ohio.
--Does Miles make it to November, at this rate? Take the under.
--Given how Mississippi State looked on offense (569 yards, 49 points), even if it was against Memphis, the Bulldogs might have Auburn right where they want the Tigers tonight.
--Speaking of Auburn, let's see how Newton responds in the next three weeks -- at Mississippi State, Clemson and South Carolina.
--Oregon beats Tennessee by 21. There aren't a lot of teams in the country that can deal with the Ducks' depth at running back. The Vols, at this stage, certainly are not one. Even in front of 100K at home.
--What team could lose its Heisman winner and be just fine? It's insane to consider. Yet Trent Richardson is just as good, if not better, than Mark Ingram -- which we suspected.
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