Pat Dooley: Offense in need of creativity – Gainesville Sun
The Back Nine comes at you after one of those road trips where it felt really good to be back home and in my recliner. Of course, that’s just about every trip.
10. Jim McElwain’s announcement that Luke Del Rio is out of commission changed the decision the Florida coach had to make. Instead of deciding to bench Del Rio, he now has to pick from three players to see who will face South Carolina. You have to give Del Rio credit for being tough, but sometimes you can hurt your team by being too tough. After he was hurt in the second quarter, he probably should have taken himself out of the game before he threw that killer of an interception. Of course, that’s easy for me to say now. I have no idea how much pain he was in after the injury. But we know that after it was over, Del Rio had an ice bag on his throwing shoulder under his T-shirt. “When you can’t lift your duffel bag up, there’s a chance something is hurt,” McElwain said. One of the problems McElwain will be facing is that to pull a redshirt off one of his freshmen would probably mean dumbing down an already simple offense. I asked McElwain about the lack of creativity on offense Monday and he said, “It’s natural. When things aren’t going well, that’s where you point.” Which is why I did.
11. With Del Rio out along with Cam Dillard, Jarrad Davis and Alex Anzalone, the betting line has already shifted. Florida opened as a 15.5-point favorite, which seems ridiculous considering the way the offense performed last week and the way South Carolina has been playing. But after the news of the injuries came out of McElwain’s news conference Monday, the line