Brantley Patient About his Future

John Brantley is going to take time after the bowl game to evaluate his future. He isn't ready to make any decisions, and he won't until talking to his family when the season is officially over. By that time, head coach Will Muschamp should have an offensive coordinator in place, giving Brantley a better idea of the offense he would return to in 2011.

"It's tough to say right now," John Brantley said after Muschamp's introductory press conference. "I'm just going to sit down with my family. I'm sure we'll be in great contact with Coach Muschamp, and he'll have great communication with my family."

Despite names like Major Applewhite being rumored to serve as Florida's offensive coordinator, Muschamp hasn't made a decision. The new coach wouldn't be surprised if it's after the bowl game before any new coaches are announced.

While Muschamp interviews and searches for coaches to be on the staff next year, he has the style of offense he wants his team to run. He spent one year in the NFL as the defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins, and Muschamp wants to run a pro-style offense with a coordinator who has NFL experience.

"He said he's going with an up-tempo, pro-style offense," Brantley said. "He's going to see what our players do best and build it up around that."

Brantley welcomes a change in offense. The run-based spread option attack wasn't a fit for his skill set this season.

"I'm not the running type," Brantley said. "It was definitely better to hear that it's more of just pocket passing."

More than a new offense, Muschamp's reign in Gainesville serves as a new beginning for Brantley. Most of his coaching staff will be new, and the decision makers from the 2010 season won't be calling the shots.

Whether that's good for Brantley or not is yet to be determined. But there's no arguing that a different pair of eyes on the sideline can rejuvenate a career.

"It's always a good opportunity for us to get a fresh start, especially with this season. (The season) wasn't what we expected. With this, we have a new chance to have a brand new start and make a run for it."

Brantley will now wait until an offensive coordinator is hired before even considering what he will do next season. Muschamp made no promises in the team meeting about possibilities for either coordinator spot.

"He addressed us in the team meeting that we need to have a blind trust," Brantley said. "He's got a great background. He's going to hire someone who wants to win and he believes is going to win."

One name that continues to surface in the offensive coordinator hunt is former Florida quarterback Kerwin Bell. He coached Brantley in high school at Trinity Catholic and currently is the head coach at Jacksonville University.

"I love Kerwin to death," Brantley said. "That'd be pretty cool. Me and Coach Bell have a great relationship. It'd be a cool thing. You never know."

The energy Muschamp showed in the team meeting commanded respect from the beginning. Urban Meyer had plenty of energy, but there are differences in how they both convey it. Muschamp is non-stop energy, while Meyer's showed in spurts.

"Coach Meyer was high energy and a lot of coaches are," Brantley said. "I think any coach on the college level has to be intense. You've got to get the guys fired up every day. I think it's good to get a guy in here who is intense and will keep us fired up."

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