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Meyer is ticking time bomb

March 26, 2010 - Neil Rudel,0,5582582.story

I don't know how much you've been following the coverage of Urban Meyer's blowup at an Orlando Sentinel reporter, but it's pretty obvious to me that this should be a big concern to the University of Florida.

Quick background: Sentinel reporter Jeremy Fowler quoted one of Florida's returning wide receivers, Deonte Thompson, on saying he's looking forward to playing with the Gators' expected starting quarterback John Brantley.

While the admission is candid, it's also understandable, given that any running quarterback -- whether it's Tim Tebow or Michael Vick -- presents a particular challenge for most receivers.

When a coach sends in a play, he expects it to be run. That doesn't always happen with a guy like Tebow or Vick. The production of the Falcons receivers improved after Vick left.

I can remember a time in 2000 when Penn State's Rashard Casey, a more gifted athlete than he was a passer, dropped back for a play against Indiana and turned it into a highlight film with a showstopping TD run. But at that point in the game, with the outcome still in doubt, Joe Paterno said afterward, "when he started running around, I was going to shoot him."

He was kidding, of course -- except about wanting his play executed the way it was called.

If Meyer has a complaint in this case, it's with his player, who told too much of the truth for Meyer to handle. Of course, the coach is super sensitive about Tebow and his impending NFL draft status.

Given, though, that Meyer in December announced his retirement due to stress, only to reverse field and turn that into a leave of absence, which he never really took, this totally-out-of-line incident shows Meyer is not balanced enough to coach in such a high-profile situation.



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