Time will tell of course, but Brent Pease will implement his own style of offense at Florida now and things should look more difficult, but in fact be easier for this squad to handle and look a lot better doing it.
For Pease, it is all about his "Foundations of Offense", a five part list of things that will make an offense work in the Southeastern Conference or anywhere. So, let's talk about it.
1. A Pounding Running Attack
I understand the limitations you may have when your top two running backs are 180 pounds and 190 pounds. Running inside is like death by paper cuts, the first, second, and third one won't kill you, but if you keep doing it, someone is going to get hurt an chop off your best offensive skill players.
That said, if you limit yourself to just the two roster players in the running game, you have no choice but to totally go away from an inside running game. That in turn, makes the running game predictable, which makes it easier to defend. All of this was true a year ago.
Those two backs are gone now and so it can't and won't happen this year. Now, every back on the roster is 205 plus pounds and maybe the best thing will be that a hand full of them are going to get a chance to tote the football for the Gators.
Granted, Florida head coach Will Muschamp did say that senior running back Mike Gillislee (6-0, 208) is likely to carry the ball 150-200 times in 2012, Pease believes the ball will also be spread around to a handful of guys that will be able to run inside the tackles.
This should be helped by an offensive line that a year ago had just 27 starts to its name as Florida Gators and now will enter with three times as many starts (80). As Pease told the media a few weeks ago, "We have physical kids and we are going to use them."
2. Explosive Passing Game
There is a misnomer that Will Muschamp wants to be a conservative, three yards and a cloud of dust, type of football team. What Muschamp actually wants is to be able to run the ball when the Gators have to by using the "Pounding Running Attack" stated above. At the same time, he will allow Pease to do his thing from the press box and call plays that are meant to score points.
With a more inside running game, the play action concepts of the Pease offense should help quite a bit with the deep passing game. Florida will always have speed at receiver. Sometimes the speed will be greater than others, but there will always be speed. These receivers haven't shown much in terms of explosiveness, but they haven't been given much of a chance either.
TE Jordan Reed should provide big plays
The quarterbacks are young but talented. They both will be given a chance and they both have the skills to help create an explosive passing game. It is Pease's job and one hie embraces to put them in position to make the big play.
It should be hit and miss early on with young quarterbacks, but it also should get progressively better as they mature in the offense. Somewhat experienced receivers should be able to help the signal callers.
3. Create Defensive Confusion and Uncertainty
In 2011 and while at Boise State, Brent Pease called one game with 47 different personnel groupings. His normal number of plays available for any particular game is around 70. The term "throwing the playbook at them" is something we should see on a weekly basis from Pease and the Florida offense.
It of course starts with the quarterbacks and they have to have a thorough understanding of everything, but the way he simplifies it for everyone else is by using the multiple personnel groups.
This does a couple things. It gets more players involved in the offense, which in turn allows for fresher players as the game rolls on. It also confuses the defense when they are having to substitute due to personnel all the time.
Along the personnel lines he will use different formations with the same personnel. Guys like Trey Burton and Omarius Hines who can play a number of positions are invaluable to this offense because they help with the confusion that Pease is looking for.
The confusion for a defense will also come in the form of a hurry-up offense. Pease wants the play ready to run on every down with 18 seconds left on the play clock. With defenses dealing with formations and personnel issues, the offense can all of a sudden dictate what the defense runs by forcing them to commit to a particular defense in order to keep some sanity on the field.
Things can start slow for the offense, but the offense will stay on track with the plan above and the defense should eventually wear down both mentally and physically.
4. Eliminate Turnovers
Florida finished tied for 86th in the country in turnovers lost a year ago with 26. !5 of those came in the six losses. 11 of those 15 came in winnable games against Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida State. That is almost three turnovers a game in very winnable games.
There is no bigger stat in the game of football for two closely matched teams than turnovers. Ball security is at a premium this offseason and into the fall. The bottom line, with an offensive coach that is willing to play most of his offensive roster, he won't be utilizing players that tend to cough the ball up.
Most of this will hinge on the guys behind center in 2012 and that leads us to the final foundation for the Florida offense in 2012…
5. Great Quarterback Play
We aren't talking Tim Tebow dynamics here, we are talking about quarterbacks that manage the offense and the offensive team in the off-season and into ballgames. By manage, Will Muschamp has made sure to talk about he isn't putting the hand cuffs on these guys, he just wants the quarterbacks to be in control.
When you have skilled ball players like a Jacoby Brissett or a Jeff Driskel, you need to utilize those skills. At the same time, they have to take ownership of what they are doing and what the sum of the entire offense is doing. In a nutshell, that is what Muschamp and Pease want in ‘great quarterback play'.
Jeff Driskel (above) and Jacoby Brissett will be counted on.
This isn't a unit capable of putting up 45-50 points a game, not yet. What it is capable of is pushing that 40 mark and adding another couple of scores from a team that averaged 25.5 points a game a year ago.
For all of that to happen, all of the above will have to take place on a regular basis.