Going into this season, I wasn't sure what to expect from the Gator offense. Like many of you, I mocked our corpulent coordinator mercilessly while he was trying unsuccessfully to resuscitate the Notre Dame program, but I've always respected his playcalling prowess, if only begrudgingly at times. I have been pleasantly surprised at the production that Weis has managed to elicit from the mismatched pieces he inherited from the previous staff, but his most impressive accomplishment for the Orange and Blue thus far has been the reconstruction of John Brantley. Under Weis's tutelage, Brantley went from one man horrorshow to cool, competent game manager in just one offseason.
The story could have ended there, and ended happily, but the Fates had other ideas. In the course of one play, Brantley's saga changed from a tale of redemption to an ironic parable about the capriciousness inherent in existence, and the Florida Gators season went from hopeful to hapless. Brantley 2.0 was gone, and in stepped wide-eyed, all-everything freshman Jeff Driskel.
Driskel played about as well as one could reasonably expect to see from a true freshman pressed into service trailing against the best defense in college football; that is, he played tentatively at times, and largely appeared bewildered by the defense. I don't mean to bash our young QB at all, as I think his problems are directly related to inexperience and that he will eventually live up to his billing, but it is clear that he needs some help if he is to lead this team through the meat of its SEC schedule.
My question to you, Alligator Army readers, is how do you think Coach Weis will tweak the offense to give Driskel a fighting chance? Do you foresee an increase in Wildcat plays for Chris Rainey and Trey Burton? Do you think Weis will roll the pocket out to buy more time against aggressive defensive fronts? Hand-offs and screens to build confidence and bring Driskel along slowly? Or does he scrap it all and go single wing?