Reaffirming what Urban Meyer said on Monday, embattled Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said Monday that he feels his job is secure.
“Absolutely,” Addazio said. “I think Coach (Meyer) addressed that, didn’t he?”
Addazio was then asked if he would like to come back as the offensive coordinator next season.
“Absolutely,” he said.
Despite all the rumors swirling around Addazio and his job security, it looks like, for now, there is no change in the works. That could change once the season is over and Meyer evaluates all of his assistants. But it sure doesn’t sound like Meyer has plans to demote Addazio, who also is the offensive line coach.
Other than a two-game stretch (Georgia and Vanderbilt) where the Gators were successful deploying a new no-huddle, fast-break offense, Addazio’s offense has had trouble putting first downs together, creating big plays and converting touchdown opportunities in the red zone. Addazio’s play-calling was booed several times in the loss to South Carolina on Saturday night. At least two columnists in the state said Addazio should be fired.
Addazio said the Gators had a good offensive game plan in place for the USC game, but it blew up thanks to some crucial early penalties and UF’s inability to convert first downs, which prevented the Gators from getting into their fast-break rhythm. As a result, junior John Brantley played most of the game at quarterback, effectively benching the Gators’ planned three-quarterback playing rotation.
“The most disappointing thing is we couldn’t get a plan going that we felt great about,” Addazio said. “We could never get it going (because we could not convert third downs). That’s it in a nutshell. In the second half we went to more of a throwing game.”
Addazio pointed out that the Florida offense ran only 19 plays in the first half. That’s what happens when an offense goes three-and-out most of the time. “You can’t get your tempo going,” Addazio said.
Addazio had one other interesting thing to say Tuesday, about star senior center Mike Pouncey.
“He’s at the pinnacle of his game right now and he projects to be a top-10 pick (in the NFL Draft). He’s playing lights out,” Addazio said.