Speed Offense has its Advantages

Mike Pouncey realized the benefit of the up-tempo offense immediately. The opposing defense, even if it was only in practice, ran out of gas faster. Their hands were on their hips, and they were out of breath. Then they had to deal with getting the defensive signals in. The mismatch the new offense created was too effective to pass up.

"The main thing is being fatigued," Michael Pouncey said. "It helps us out because the defense isn't set all the time, so they're not coming off the ball as hard. We have a better advantage. They're gassed."

To prepare for it, the Florida offense watched plenty of tape. However, it wasn't on past teams that ran the offense. Instead, it was on this year's Oregon team. The tempo they create between snaps was the goal for the Florida offense. They weren't to the level they want to be, but that is to be expected.

"They've got the best tempo in college football," Pouncey said of Oregon. "We watch a lot of film on them. You can tell how they put up so many points. They had the offseason (to work on it).

"Obviously, we weren't perfect at it. We want to do things a lot faster."

The up-tempo offense wasn't good at the start of the game. The Florida offense wasted excellent field position on their first drive, getting zero points after starting at Georgia's 29-yard line.

They quickly punted during the second drive, and it looked like the bye week brought zero changes that worked.

"It's hit or miss at the beginning," Pouncey said. "Once you get in the groove of it, it starts helping the offense. When the teams get lined up, we hit big play after big play."

The Georgia defense wasn't expecting the changes to the offense, and it showed in the second quarter, when the Gators scored three touchdowns. The first Florida touchdown came on a 91-yard drive, the longest drive of the season. The Bulldogs fought back in the second half, but the continued improvements to the offense has Pouncey believing the team will become more effective with the offense in second halves of the future.

"They caught their wind at halftime," Pouncey said. "We had them on the ropes in the second quarter, and they got the halftime break. The best thing about the up-tempo offense is you keep pushing it and they'll eventually break."

The other change to the offense came at quarterback. There were multiple plays where John Brantley or Trey Burton would line up at quarterback, only to switch before the snap. The object was to snap the ball soon after getting set, keeping the opposing defense from being able to adjust.

"We go off the defense they're in," Pouncey said. "If they're in a defense where Brantley can make a play, then we put him at quarterback. It's the same thing with Trey."

The up-tempo offense did create some issues for the offensive line. They had more false start penalties against Georgia than in any other game. Pouncey chalks it up to being overanxious, but it's something that needs to be fixed this week.

"The false starts, we can't blame anybody on that because we were going silent," Pouncey said. "False starts are just getting into the rhythm of me putting my head back and going on the set hike. Guys were getting antsy. We don't blame them for that because we weren't on cadence. You can't fault them for playing hard."

Despite the negative of penalties, the mood in the football facility Monday was refreshing. The three-game losing streak was snapped, and the team spent their last day enjoying the victory. Tuesday marks the day that the players turn their full focus to Vanderbilt.

"All smiles," Pouncey said. "We really appreciate that win."
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