1. Roster 40% of our 2011 and 2012 recruiting classes are gone. That's supposed to be our upperclassmen for next season. On top of that 50% of the 2013 class redshirted and will be seeing the field for the first time. That means going into year 4 we will only have about 30 players (by my count) from those 3 classes combined that have taken meaningful snaps. Yikes! It should be double that. Our roster looks like something you would see under a first year head coach. 2. Staff So Foley is going to buy him another OC/OL duo even though he has botched the hiring of the past two. Now we have set ourselves back yet again forcing our players to learn a new system, not to mention our top offensive recruits are somewhat stuck in limbo to know what kind of offense we are going to run. Sorta like when you are hiring a new coach. Three OCs in 4 years is pretty unprecedented. Not sure I've seen that one before, especially when the first 2 were failures. Just trial and error at this point I guess. Who knows we could hit the jackpot with the next big thing at OC, but anyone with any kind of success will be snatched up for a HC gig, then we'll be right back to square one again - stuck with a HC who desperately needs someone who can completely control the offensive side of the ball or else its going to be ugly. 3. Offensive Philosophy The good news is that we may finally be moving away from the "first in TOP, last in everything else" offense and joining the rest of modern day college football. The bad news is that WM is basically implicitly admitting to wasting 3 years of Florida football with a failed offensive philosophy that even the most novice of football fans could have told you would have been a bad idea from the start. I'm not sure what he said to Foley that had him convinced this ill-conceived plan of his would work. You would think Foley would be grilling a first time head coach who was previously a DC about his offensive philosophy to really try to gauge his acumen on that side of the ball. Apparently not. Seems like he said "I don't know much about offense. Let's just get Charlie Weis" and that was that. It's amazing to me that 3 years in how much it feels like its day 1. Inexperienced, young roster still very much in a "rebuilding" phase, zero continuity on offense with the players learning a brand new system, etc. Is our program any better off now at the end of 2013 as it was at the end of 2010? Even more amazing is that this has been allowed to carry on. I'm not one of those "Fire Foley" types, but I have to admit that I'm starting to question what it is he's thinking long-term on this one. Seems like we are bending over backwards here to make this guy into a good head coach when maybe its just not there. So this is why the decision to keep Muschamp is so perplexing. We're experiencing all of the growing pains of hiring a new coach without the benefit of getting the shiny new coach. Many seem to think if we struggle next year, he will be gone and then we will be suffering these same growing pains yet again. That seems crazy to me. (Even though I say the sooner the better). We could have cut ties now and killed two birds with one stone since we are going through all of this churn anyhow. But with the state of our roster, replacing the offensive staff, and changing schemes, not to mention our schedule, who (including Foley) would expect us to win much at all next year? Would Foley really put us through all this again in one year's time? I'm not so sure. I think it will be telling with the OC hire. Big name, big money, and pulling someone away from another successful school would seem to indicate this could be a multi-year endeavor from this point. Promote from within, or hire some castoff from another sinking ship (USC's OC, Applewhite, a fired Holgerson or NFL coach, etc) and maybe those guys don't have much to lose anyhow and will come here on more uncertain terms. I apologize in advance to those who want to "keep it positive" or still feel it their duty to defend Muschamp for some reason. Just tossing some thoughts out there for the other side.