Charlie Weis: No major overhaul on the Gators' offensive line
Despite its struggles last week against Alabama, Florida offfensive coordinator Charlie Weis said he doesn't anticipate any major changes to the offensive line against LSU on Saturday.
The unit, which lacked depth even from the start of the season, was battered by the Tide defensive line last week. The Gators' rushing game gained just 15 yards, and a sack led to starting QB John Brantley's ankle injury.
But Weis said while vast improvement is necessary, he doesn't plan any drastic changes on the line.
"I think that they have to get pressed more and not feel comfortable,'' Weis said. "With guys that played better or worse, they need to know that they are not just handed a position, but it’s still the same cast of characters that are involved in the mix. It’s just well do you want to give, like last week (Kyle) Koehne only got a few reps. Do you want to give him more reps? Do you want to give (Matt) Patchan more reps because he hasn’t been starting? It’s not a question of who the people are, it’s a question of how you intend to utilize them. But really it’s the same guys.''
With the Gators preparing to play a first-time starter on Saturday, it's imperative the line can open some holes to get the run game going.
"Any time you have a fairly inexperienced quarterback, you need to take the pressure off of him by being able to run,'' Weis said. Now last week, I think it was a combination of things, but one thing is they won the line of scrimmage.
When asked whether the offensive line's troubles were more about Alabama or the Gators, Weis took part of the blame himself.
"I think they coached better than I did and they played better than we did,'' he said. "Not ever would I ever not start with the fact that I have to do a better job. When John goes down, I have to do a better job to put us in a better position to make plays. And obviously now that you’ve had a whole week to prepare for him not being here, it’s easier to go ahead and game plan when you know he’s not in because let’s face it when you’re in a week and you’re getting ready to play a big game, the backup quarterback is getting only a handful of reps, he’s not getting a lot of reps. He’s not getting a lot of reps. And you’re centering the whole game plan around that guy (starter) first.''