Is Coach Urban Meyer (heretofore referred to as “CUM”) just a tick or two away from a “Mike Gundy?” It’s a yes or no, and based on this video’s content, signs point to “yes.”
The audio isn’t particularly great, but according to ESPN’s Chris Low, CUM had just been asked a question about Gator receiver Deonte Thompson commenting that John Brantley, as opposed to his predecessor Tim Tebow, was “a real quarterbarck.” CUM’s retort: “You’ll be out of practice — you understand that? — if you do that again.” CUM continued: “I told you five years ago: Don’t mess with our players. Don’t do it. You did it. You do it one more time and the Orlando Sentinel’s not welcome here ever again. Is that clear? It’s yes or no.”
A touch sensitive, perhaps? To be fair, I can understand CUM’s frustrations. When you flesh out Thompson’s comment further, it’s fairly clear that Mr. Fowler was probably prodding for a story that really isn’t there (i.e. doing his job). In full context, Deonte said this when asked what the biggest differences were between Tebow and Brantley as QB’s: “You never know with Tim. He can bolt. You’ll think he’s running, but then he’ll just come up and pass it to you. You just have to be ready at all times. With Brantley, everything’s with rhythm, time. Like, you know what I mean, a real quarterback.”
So, in other words: John Brantley is more of a traditional pocket passer, while Tebow is probably the first Quarterback/Scrambler/Fullback/On-Field Beacon of Christ’s love the game has ever seen. Shocking.
Either way, the Gator’s offense, missing Tebow as a significant contributor for the first time in four years, should be an interesting unit to monitor this season. Some suspect Meyer’s scheme needs more of a Tebow type than a Brantley, in fact, to make things run as effectively as possible, and, assuming that’s true, the potential frustrations might just deliver some more CUM outbursts. We can only hope.