Notebook: Pease coping with criticism
Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 4:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 11:15 p.m.
There may be another football coach in Gainesville actually receiving as much or more criticism than Florida coach Will Muschamp. That would be his offensive coordinator, Brent Pease.
Pease said Tuesday he understands the criticism and is coping with it.
“It's the same thing we tell the kids, you've got to be mentally tough. You've got to shut it out sometimes,” Pease said. “And I understand what people are saying and (what they are) frustrated with.
“Do they understand all of the circumstances? Not all of the time. But you've got to work through it. In my situation, I don't think you can lose confidence in who you are and what you believe in and how you got to do your job.
“Last year it was a situation where we knew how to manufacture and get wins. I wouldn't say highly explosive, what you want to be, but it was productive. We were a lot healthier in spots, too. It's tough but you've got to work through it."
As poorly as things have gone with the offense this season, Pease said he has pondered his job security.
“I mean, it’s human nature to probably think about that, but, you know, I’ve still got an obligation to this team, and the head coach, and the players I coach and the administration that I work for,” Pease said.
Like Muschamp, Pease will not use all the injuries as an excuse.
“I mean, it’s tough, but what are you going to do?,” he said. “You’ve got to play the cards you’re dealt.”
Foe hurled slur at Harrison
Senior center Jon Harrison came to media interviews for the first time since his ejection in the Arkansas game and explained why he was tossed in the second half for touching an official.
“What happened was, one play I got face-masked, then the next play I got called every version of the ‘N-word’ known to man,” he said. “And I went up to the ref and I'm like, 'Ref, please, you have to control this player. He's been calling me every racial slur.'
“I talk with my hands and I touched the ref in his chest. I didn't poke him. I didn't even know I got ejected. I was sitting on the sideline talking to the coach and I heard my number, and then they just walked me off the field. There was no malicious intent.
“I was honestly just trying to tell the ref to get this player because I was getting attacked, I felt like I was getting harassed, and it was beyond football. Calling me the N-word and everything is not football anymore. It is just going out of your way."
Harrison did not identify the Arkansas player.
Harrison backing his coach
Harrison is one of the latest players to come to the defense of Muschamp. He said he backs his coach 100 percent.
"Because he is down to earth, as down to earth as it comes. He's as real as it comes,” he said. “There's no sugar-coating anything, there's no B.S., like he's as black and white as it comes. He's going to tell you exactly how it is. He's going to treat you like you deserve to be treated.
“So if you're a hard worker, no matter if you're a scholarship athlete, a third string, no matter what your position is on the team, as long as you're a hard worker you have all of his respect.
“But if you go out there and you're a scumbag and you really don't want to work hard or whatever, then you're not going to have his support. That's just how it is."
Bad check by Murphy
Pease said quarterback Tyler Murphy did not have the green light to check to an option play on first-and-goal from the Vanderbilt 1-yard line late in the first half Saturday. Murphy audibled to an option play that lost five yards and the Gators ended up having to settle for a field goal.
“Not on that particular play, no,” Pease said. “We called the play, and Coach (Muschamp) asked me what we're running. I said, 'We're running it downhill at them.' They jumped in what we call a bear front, which is something that we should be able to handle. It's a gap-scheme play that we should still be running it downhill. It got called off.
“(Murphy) said, 'Oh, I've got to do something.' So he checked to an option play, which we did not have. Still, we kind of got a play that matches those fronts. I think he thought beyond it a little bit. Like I told him, 'In that situation, you're uncertain, we're on the 1, OK, call timeout. Have some composure.’ He's got to learn from it."
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