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In search for cure of Gators' offensive problems, Charlie Weis looks in the mirrror first



The way Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis sees it, to evaluate all of the problems Florida's offense is struggling with, he has to start by evaluating himself. 

Weis said as he has assessed Florida's losses to Alabama and LSU the past two weeks, before he can try to fix the problems he has to look in the mirror.

"A lot of coaches try to make a whole lot of excuses, but I prefer to start with self evaluation mode,'' Weis said. "Okay, what can I do better, what could I have done better in the Alabama game? What could I have done better in the LSU game? I always start there because it’s easy to sit there and say well Alabama and LSU they were really good, and we’re playing with inexperienced quarterbacks. I can give you a whole laundry list of excuses. But I think that any good coach really starts saying hey what could you have done to give your team a better chance of winning?''

It's clear the Gators have issues, beginning with the loss of starting QB John Brantley who was replaced by a true freshmen who had never played in a game against LSU. In the second half against Alabama, Jeff Driskel, who has played in four games, took over. But Weis said injuries are part of football, but can't be part of the excuses.

"I’m not denying that (it's a factor), but I don’t think you can start there,'' he said. "What you have to say is ‘What could I have done?’ ‘How could I have changed the outcome? Maybe you wouldn’t have changed the outcome, but you would have been playing deep into the fourth quarter instead of the game being over at halftime. I think that’s what you have to do, and I think that’s what coaches are supposed to do, rather than sit there and say they were really good and give you the five reasons why it happened. I think you better start with yourself and say what could I have done and what can I do so the next time it happens you have a better plan in place.''


[Last modified: Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:07am]


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