Pease Explains Plan for Offense

Florida head coach Will Muschamp was clear about the offense before he even hired a new coordinator in the offseason. The personnel would dictate how the offense looks, but there's a preference to have a dominant running game. Brent Pease, who will coach the Gators on the field for the first time when spring practice opens Wednesday, has a distinct plan for the way his offense will look in 2012.

The first part of the plan coincides with what Will Muschamp has wanted since he came to Gainesville. Florida will feature a "pounding, running attack." The head coach has preached it since the day he was given the job and Pease echoed his feelings on Monday afternoon. That's where the offense will start.

From there, Pease's second point was an "explosive pass game." He had one at Boise State with a veteran like Kellen Moore at quarterback.

Those two parts are the obvious ones. All offenses want to be balanced and capable of throwing or running the ball when necessary.

What makes Pease different is his third part of his offensive plan—creativity.

It's not just in trick plays. A big part of what he wants is creativity before the snap. That comes through motioning players from one side of a formation to the other or changing the formation itself at the line of scrimmages. Pease is open to anything to can add confusion to the opposing defense.

"We're not going to be sitting ducks," Brent Pease said. "You're going to see a lot of formation changes, motions, adjustments; really trying to create some stress points in the defense and what they have to adjust to. You're going to see the same football plays. We're not going to run anything different.

"People run power, we're going to run power. They run zone, we're going to run zone. No one is reinventing that part of it. But what we're going to add to it is creating those stress points."

Pease will spend the spring putting in some of the formation changes he wants to add. Even if it's running a play similar to what the Gators used in 2011, Pease believes he can make it look different with pre-snap adjustments.

The Florida offense has the fourth most turnovers (23) in the SEC during the 2011 season. That's the fourth part of Pease's plan for the offense. The turnovers have to be at a minimum.

Alabama and LSU, who played each other in the national championship game, combined to turn the ball over 20 times last season.

Pease said the turnover stat was one of the few that were displayed in the locker room at Boise State.

"That's probably the most important stat for determining win loss is that we wanted to be in the top ten in turnovers," Pease said.

The fifth part of the offense is a part that Pease has an important role in—quarterback play. The bar has been set high in his eyes. Pease spent the last four years watching Kellen Moore, who he described as "a Heisman Trophy guy," go to work on a daily basis.

Moore didn't have the best arm, but he worked hard to improve his technique and study defenses, making his play more productive that it looked if judging only his skill set.

"You've got to be a guy that you want to prepare," Pease said. "You've got to be that gym rat type guy, and that's why Kellen is so good.

"These guys have shown that, Jeff (Driskel) and even Tyler (Murphy) and Jacoby (Brissett). They've all been in there. They've been grinding on film on their own because they can take that and use as much of that time as they're willing to do."

Pease said that within two days of him moving to Gainesville and getting set up in his office, some of the quarterbacks and offensive players came into his office asking for playbooks.

The decision to take the job at Florida was complicated by the run that Alabama made at Pease. Eventually, he confirmed to Muschamp that he would join the Florida staff.

"It came down to coming here with my wife— and my wife liked it— and Will (Muschamp)," Pease said. "I've known Will for a while, and over the years the developing relationship I had with him and just looking at the opportunity, the kids, being indirectly connected to the program one way or another. And I'll tell you another guy that kind of really sold me on the deal is Jeremy Foley.

"When I came here, everybody did things first class, and talking with Will and what he wants to do philosophically and what I've done in the past few years where I've been at Boise State—the things we've been around, seeing that those things can fit here."

Pease knows the reputation of what happens in Gainesville. Florida has scored points since Steve Spurrier took over. When asked if that was intimidating for an offensive coordinator making the move, Pease shied away from using that word, instead calling his mindset "respectful."

"I've been in the SEC once before and not at a school with a tradition quite like this, but I understand what the past is here and what's gone on with the offenses," Pease said. "I've faced it and been on the other side of it at times."

He'll have a chance to make his own mark on an offense this fall, and it won't happen on the blue turf of Boise State. He doesn't consider that a bad thing.

"Do I miss the blue turf? No. It's hard on the eyes."

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