Monday, November 9, 2009

Tim Tebow's Biggest Problem: Sacks?

Here is a fun over-under guessing game: Will Tim Tebow get sacked more times in 2009 than he did in 2007 and 2008 combined?

Here's the tally -- via Volin: 21 sacks in 2009, 28 sacks total in '07 and '08.

And there are five games to go in '09, including the tough South Carolina D, the motivated FSU D, the ferocious Alabama D and, if all goes well, the Muschamp Gang of Destruction from Texas in the national-title game.

Tebow protection was the glaring issue against Vanderbilt. Heck, even Percy Harvin pointed it out. It felt like things were on the right track against Georgia; it felt like things took a step back against Vandy.

(Jeremy Fowler has some extra details about Florida's susceptibility to blitzing, which Doc Saturday foreshadowed in the offseason.)

It wouldn't be a new Florida game week without a new issue to channel frustrations into.

That said: I'm working on something that sides with the Meyer "and-oh" school of half-full analysis.

People keep wanting this team to be dominant -- to live up to the preseason hype that this could be one of the greatest teams of all time, behind one of the greatest offenses of all time, because it was being led by one of the greatest players of all time.

Here's how good this team is: The offense is struggling and they're STILL No. 1. The defense is that good. The special teams are that good. The offense is that good...enough.

This is not Patriots 2007 -- remember how that season ended for them. This is Ravens 2000.

1 comment:

  1. Well, you hit my frustration on the head. Pre-season, someone asked me who I thought were the GOAT (modern) teams. I said, "2001 Miami, 1995 Nebraska, 2009 Florida". I don't feel like I can make a statement like that anymore.

    The defense is on track to be remembered as GOAT. In the past 23 games, the 2-deep has averaged 11.8 ppg, even against one of the most productive offenses of all time. Staggering.

    However, our offensive production just doesn't keep up. The main problems (to this arm-chair coach) seeem to be in O-line & playcalling -- Addazio's jobs, basically.

    I can't help but wonder how Florida would be performing if we had picked up Gus Malzahn...