Posted on: January 1, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: January 2, 2011 12:01 am

Charlie Weis and the Florida Gators

TAMPA, FL. -- Current Kansas City Chiefs assistant Charlie Weis will likely be announced as the new offensive coordinator for the Florida Gators as early as Monday, an NFL source confirmed to CBSSports.com.

The hiring of Weis is a major coup for the Gators who just beat Penn State here in the Outback Bowl. While Weis was a failure as a head coach at Notre Dame he still remains one of the better tactical minds in college football. For a variety of reasons, his smarts never translated when he coached the Irish.

They have at Kansas City. One of the main reasons for the Chiefs' turnaround is because of the work Weis has done with quarterback Matt Cassel and that offense. Cassel has thrown 27 touchdowns and only five interceptions this season.

Weis is now bringing those pro style manueverings to Florida. Weis, in many ways, is a better offensive coach than Urban Meyer. (Yes, you read that correctly. Count the Super Bowl rings.)

But why is Weis making this move?

I'm told Weis truly enjoyed coaching on the college level and wants another shot at a college head coaching job. He views this move -- should it happen -- as the best way to achieve that goal.

Florida now has one of the best assistant coaching staffs in all of college football. The addition of Weis could be a recruiting nightmare for other programs in the state.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Gators
Posted on: December 26, 2009 7:47 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2009 8:37 pm

Meyer will be back

First, let's get the rumors of out of the way:

-- Two NFL sources said Jon Gruden wants to coach the Gators and the Gators might be interested in him. But since Gruden is associated with every job in the known universe including astronaut, the King of Prussia, and the President's Czar of Football, such a rumor is to be expected.

--There is a great deal of skepticism about the motive for Meyer's retirement in the professional and college ranks. That's all I'll say on that. We are in the Age of Sports Skepticism and such skepticism, like a Gruden rumor, is also to be expected.

--If Steve Spurrier returns to coach the Gators, I'll eat my laptop.

--Bob Stoops is a different matter altogether.

--Ditto with Mike Shanahan.

--Urban Meyer and Bobby Bowden both stepping down in same year. Very weird.

And, very quickly, a question: why didn't Meyer make his announcement after the bowl game? Isn't a bit selfish to say he's stepping down now of all times?

Second, and this is the biggest point, Meyer will be back.

He's stepping down because of lifestyle issues, not because he's about to suffer a cataclysmic health problem.

He'll be back because that's what coaches do. They come back.

Meyer will adjust his lifestyle, take some time off, get refreshed and coach again within a few years, at the most, and likely in the NFL.

He'll be back. You can count on it. No matter what he says now.

In the meantime, let the speculation begin.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Gators
Posted on: December 26, 2009 7:10 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2009 7:32 pm

Source: School is stunned Meyer stepping down

Shock, stunned, can't believe it...all words used by a source within the Florida Gators football program regarding Urban Meyer's annoucement he's stepping down as coach.

The source said few people saw this coming though the source did acknowledge that Meyer has expressed some concerns about his health to close friends in recent days.

Nevertheless the school is reeling.

I'm also told the players had no clue about Meyer's plans.

For now, no one is discussing what exactly has caused Meyer to stop coaching but for the hard charging Meyer to step down, it must be extremely serious.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Gators
Posted on: October 9, 2009 12:42 am

Tim Tebow needs to read this

The following is a quote from Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Sean Morey. He's a smart guy who has studied concussions. He had a few things to say to Tim Tebow and Tebow should listen.

I'm running his interview in its entirety and uninterrupted by my big mouth.

"You have to understand the mentality we have as players. We're going to play as soon as we're allowed to play because there's a deep loyalty to your teammates, your coaches and even your fans to get out there and do your job. But the the more awareness we have that there are cumulative effects of concussions and consequences can be serious, the better off we'll be.

"In our league and at some of these colleges, the trainers and other medical staff that are commissioned to establish the return-to-play criteria are highly trained, but still there's not a consensus. There are a lot of experts out there who say that maybe a month (recovery time) is appropriate for a player who loses consciousness, or for a severe concussion. But the reality is we're going to get out there and play as soon as possible. I think the bare minimum should be a week where the player is completely asymptomatic, but you have to rely on the cognitive baseline tests that are in place and the specialists who have the players' best interest at heart.

"I'd tell Tim the same thing I'd tell my teammates: Take it very seriously, make sure that you are asymptomatic for at least a week and be honest with the trainers. I can't emphasize that enough. Let the trainers and doctors do their jobs by telling them what's happening. Don't lie or brush off anything you're feeling.

"The culture of our game is such that players want to play. I'd be lying if I said I didn't do it my entire career. You just tell them you're fine when you're not. When players get concussions they avoid trainers like the plague. They go to the opposite end of the sidelines. But 95 percent of what we know about concussions we've learned in the past 5-6 years and because there's much more research coming out that shows the cumulative effect of repeated head trauma, I think people are finally beginning to understand that there are consequences and serious ramifications of playing through concussions and not reporting them."

Category: NFL
Tags: Gators
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