August 9th, 2011 11:16 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Florida
Tags: Andre Debose, John Brantley, Matt Cassell, Tom Brady
New Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is considered a quarterback guru. He’s turned passers like Tom Brady, Matt Cassell, Brady Quinn and Jimmy Clausen into stat kings and/or winners. And Gator fans are hoping he can do the same with John Brantley.
The senior’s confidence likely took a serious hit as he and the rest of UF’s offense stumbled and bungled its way to an 8-5 record last season. But gone is Urban Meyer’s spread — a horrible fit for Brantley — and in has Weis’ pro-style attack.
The new coach’s first order of business? Getting inside his quarterback’s head:
“Without them taking on my personality, I try to make them think more like I do. How to take over the team. How to run the huddle. How to be authoritative. How to manage the team. How to build relationships with all the players on the team.
There’s a lot to being a quarterback. There’s a lot more than throwing fade routes in the red zone.”
So far, so good. Brantley’s wideouts — Andre Debose and Frankie Hammond Jr. — both talked up their QB to FoxSports.com’s Scott Carter.
Unfortunately for Brantley, Debose and Hammond have yet to live up to their own expectations. And the same can be said for most of the offensive skill players in Gainesville.
All eyes will be on Brantley this fall to see if Weis can lead yet another signal-caller to success. But if Brantley does succeed, Weis will have done some good work with those around him, too.
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