Florida’s Billy Napier will continue calling offensive plays but plans to ‘hand off some tasks on offense’

Despite previous indications that Florida could make a significant change to its offensive structure amid other staff shakeups this offseason, coach Billy Napier has confirmed he will continue to have an active hand on that side of the ball. 

“Yeah, I do,” Napier said on the Gator Tales podcast when asked if he wants to retain play-calling duties. “I think that big-picture wise, we’re taking the group of people that we have and we’re trying to develop some people, groom some people. We’ve done a ton of work in the offseason to kind of evaluate that in terms of what that looks like. 

“I think down the stretch, we played pretty good offense. We created a bunch of explosive plays. We scored points. I think we’ve got a quarterback that’s returning in the same system. I think ultimately for me it’s about all these other areas being taken care of so that I can focus, do my best for the team in that regard.”    

Florida already shares scheming and game-planning duties between a few coaches. Rob Sale is nominally the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach and, as such, he has a heavy hand in how the run game plays out. Tight ends coach Russ Callaway has a background as Stamford’s offensive coordinator and will help develop Florida’s passing attack. 

Napier is actively trying to take some responsibilities off his plate to alleviate the offensive burden, which could streamline the process. 

“I think we’re gonna hand off some tasks on offense,” Napier said. “I think we’ve got a good group of offensive coaches there that we’re fortunate to have the same group coming back. If you look back at our time at Louisiana, we had the same offensive group my entire time until the last year. It’s good to have the same group of coaches.” 

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Author : Will Backus

Publish date : 2024-02-09 17:58:14

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