Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Weight on Tebow's Shoulders

We were hoping to avoid more talk regarding the Tennessee game. But it is early in the week, and the press which believed its own hype, and points spread predictions, only really have the Tennessee game as a reference point for what may be to come.

We know there's new "chatter" about several Gators having the flu, and the play calling being conservative because it was "apparent" to Coach Meyer that Tennessee wasn't playing to win, but did Tebow really "shoulder" the game as ESPN's Chris Low states?

Watching Florida’s offense in last Saturday’s 23-13 harder-than-expected victory over Tennessee was eerily reminiscent of the 2007 season when just about everything fell on Tim Tebow’s shoulders.

Tebow, or Superman as Lane Kiffin calls him, has wide shoulders. He’s proven time and time again that he can shoulder just about anything you want to give him.

But that’s not the point.

The point is: Can the Gators win another BCS national championship being so Tebow-centered and not getting more from their skill plays, especially their receivers?

Better yet, can they even win an SEC championship that way?

We like Chris Low, we read his blog, but do all these other writers watch the Gators, the SEC, or college football as a whole? The fun in being a college football fan is that you never know what will happen week to week, and unlike the NFL, every week counts because there is no play off. Remember two years ago when LSU lost to Kentucky, and then lost again, but still managed to make their way to the championship game and beat Ohio State? Anything can and does happen in college football. This week's game probably has no bearing on next week's play. Good or bad.

The Gators are thin at the receiver position, but can you judge the rest of the football season on the hype and trash surrounding Lane Kiffin's ever shifting p.r. explanations? The hype and the point spread were not founded in any kind of football reality, and you can't judge what an unhealthy Gator squad can do after its first SEC game.

And yes, Monte Kiffin called a great game against this Gator offense. But they've seen it now, and the third quarter proved that this offense can adjust. Even if the rest of the SEC attempt to emulate Monte's scheme, this offense has now seen it and can win against it.

It doesn't give us anything to write about, or read about, now but let these matters be settled on the field. And the team with the most points when it's over is the winner.

And every time we hear Lane Kiffin's latest statement, we can't help but think of our grandmother's favorite proverb, "Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself."

We know it won't happen, but just try and ignore him, because if you look at Tennessee's schedule, there are probably quite a few more "moral victories" in store for them.

Photo: Greenwood/Getty Images

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