Tebow absence would radically alter Gators' offensive philosophy
"He wasn't moving," Florida center
As Tebow lay on the field at Commonwealth Stadium, the world stopped for the top-ranked Gators. No player in the country is more important to his team. After the more important questions about Tebow's well-being are addressed, it may be prudent to ask another question:
Thoughts of titles were secondary in the moments immediately following Tebow's injury. A replay showed that after a crushing hit from Kentucky defensive end
While the pictures of Tebow looked frightening, Florida coach
If Tebow indeed suffered a concussion, as Meyer suggested in his postgame press conference, he'll have an off week to recover and could possibly be ready to play when Florida faces LSU in Baton Rouge on Oct. 10. But if Tebow can't play, what then?
The Gators would turn to
If Brantley played at Georgia or USC or at any school that runs a pro-style offense, he could replace the starter seamlessly. The problem at Florida is that the coaching staff will have to adjust the offense to fit Brantley's skill set, which is more similar to
Meyer has said the Florida offense under Brantley would look more similar to Meyer's Utah offense under
Bottom line: Brantley has the talent to keep Florida competing for a title if he is pressed into duty, but the complications of switching between quarterbacks suited for two different styles could significantly slow Florida's offense.
Meyer knows this. Obviously, he'd rather get Tebow back now and install the Brantley offense next spring. "We've just got to get [Tebow] healthy," Meyer told the Gator Radio Network.