Published: Saturday, January 6, 2007
Gators' Meyer concerned over long preparation time
He still thinks Monday's game will come down to blocking and tackling.
By ROB TODOR
PHOENIX Florida coach Urban Meyer said he has relied on a lot of outside sources for information on how to prepare the Gators for Monday's BCS national championship game against Ohio State.
"It is all about preparation," said Meyer. "This is the longest [preparation time] I have ever had [for a game] and our team's ever had.
"We spent hours and hours, [made] a lot of phone calls about the problem. I like to use the resources of coaches or players who played in this kind of a setting and it has never been done before. We are the first ones to play this far removed from the other bowls.
"So we tried to break it down as the best we could so it didn't become stale. After [Thursday's] practice I feel good."
Still comes to basics
Despite all the extra time, which logically means more time to prepare new plays and formations, Meyer said the outcome of Monday's game will still come down to the basics blocking and tackling.
"I don't know if it is new plays or new formations we are going to do," he said. "We are facing a very good defensive front. So our key to the game will be to block them and not let them sink their cleats in the ground and get after us."
Meyer said his impression of the Buckeyes' defense is that it compares with the best he's seen all year.
"I go back to LSU. I think LSU is a very talented team and I put them on that level," he said. "Very good personnel.
"One thing, all you have to do is look at the rankings, and even with the bowl scores and the teams we have played, they are facing great defenses. It wasn't an issue this year for us. We faced plenty of them.
"They are obviously the top defense and one of the top two defenses we faced all year."
Laughed at all attention
Meyer laughed when asked about all the attention he's getting now and being considered one of the top, young, coaches in the country.
"I remember my first press conference [as head coach] at Bowling Green up in Detroit," he said. "I came walking in as the new head football coach, I sat in media day and after a half hour, looked and said, 'Am I done?' I grabbed my stuff and left. I cherish the days."
Of course, those days are long gone, and with a win Monday night, Meyer's coaching life could be significantly altered again.