What a difference a few months makes. Just this summer it looked as if Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio was positioned to become Urban Meyer’s successor when the coach decided to hang up his whistle. Now, Addazio may find himself without a job by season’s end.
The Gators turned in another atrocious offensive performance Saturday night in their 36-14 loss to South Carolina. Seven of those points came when Andre Debose took the opening kickoff back for a 99-yard touchdown. So Florida only put up seven points at home against an average Gamecocks team. That’s just embarrassing.
The Gators managed just 226 total yards. The three-headed quarterback monster Addazio has created (John Brantley, Jordan Reed and Trey Burton) finished the game 20-for-39 for 191 yards, one touchdown and one interception. That’s an average of just 4.9 yards per attempt.
The Gators’ ground game that is supposed to be the staple of Meyer’s offense, looked even worse. Florida finished the night with just 35 yards on the ground on 20 attempts. That’s an average of 1.8 yards per rush.
Addazio’s offense was also just 2-of-14 on third down conversions and 2-of-5 on fourth down. The Gators also logged just 19:14 in time of possession, while South Carolina racked up 40:46.
There isn’t a single place you can go on the stat sheet and find a positive for Florida’s offense.
Though Meyer has been lauded as a genius who had seemed reload the Gators every year, he now looks lost. His golden-boy quarterback, Tim Tebow is gone, as are top assistants Dan Mullen and Charlie Strong. Both guys left for head coaching gigs, leaving Meyer to replace them. Obviously the results speak for themselves.
Anyone else think St. Urban saw this coming last year and that’s why he wanted to take a year off?
At any rate, the buzzards are circling over Addazio, as this is certainly as bad as any of Meyer’s teams have looked. He could be the next assistant on his way out of Gainesville, he just won’t be leaving for a head coaching gig.