Hammond knows all about the pedigree of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. He of the four Super Bowl rings and the list of all-star offenses he has coached during his time in football. Weis has nothing to prove to Hammond who has been busy soaking in as much knowledge as he can from the Gators lead man on offense.
"As a coach you want to critique everything, you want everything to be perfect," Hammond said of Weis when asked if the man requires perfection in route running and other details in the playbook. "That is what he strives for. I would consider him a perfectionist. Even just being just a half yard or a yard out would make a difference in a play."
Weis' pedigree means everything to young guys like Hammond who know that the man knows exactly what he is talking about. His history as a coach speaks for itself.
"It does, because he is bringing in his system and his system works, so who am I to say that really wouldn't make a difference," Hammond said. "I may not see it or understand it, but when you actually go out there and run it and it times up perfectly, you get a better understanding."
It is the minute details that Weis instills in his team. The playbook will be smaller and simpler, but they must know every bit of every play that they run on the field. That means inches matter even when lining up to run the pattern and the exact depth to run those patterns.
"You have to be disciplined," Hammond said. "In our playbook he has it lined up on where exactly you should be at and you should be there at the right depth. You should expect a pretty positive outcome. He designs every play to score, so that is what we strive for."
When the offense works in practice it seems to really work. Senior receiver Deonte Thompson talked about the ‘freaky' plays that the offensive guys accomplish in practice and Hammond elaborated a little on the big plays that have become a little more commonplace. It matches up precisely with Weis' idea that every play is designed to score and why a lot of players are now starting to get into the act.
"Just when a play needs to be made, it came from everybody," Hammond said of the ‘freaky' plays. "From me to DT, to Trey Burton, Robert Clark, just about everybody at the skill positions have made big plays in camp. I can't really say anyone has stuck out more than the others.
Of course the precision in the offense has to start and stop with the quarterback. He has been injured a little lately, but senior John Brantley seems to have really taken to the new offense that Florida is running. Hammond talked a little about that.
"He is more comfortable and relaxed," Hammond said of Brantley. "He is settled in the pocket and making throws. He takes control whether we are progressing or if it is a bad throw or bad drop… he just regroups and moves on to the next play."
He also said that the new offense is just much better for Brantley in terms of style and his physical abilities.
"It is just a different offense," he said. "Last year it was a spread so things moved a lot quicker and it was more of a move around kind of thing. He is just a little bit more comfortable out there. His passes have pretty much been on point when he sits in the pocket."
Talking up the new quarterbacks :
The Gators added two freshmen quarterbacks in 2011. Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett are very good prospects and add a little bit of a different dimension to the offense when they are in the game. Hammond has been impressed.
"They are similar in quarterbacks, simply because they are more mobile and they can scramble, get out of the pocket, and make more things happen with their feet," Hammond said. "It brings a different type of style to the offense. They are both dual style quarterbacks that can get outside of the pocket and throw it as well. They are both progressing and moving forward."