I am not smart enough to know all the intricacies of managing or coaching a college football program. I think I am too much of a fan of the game and not enough of being a student of the game. As much as we fans would like to admit there is not a difference, there is.
When I lived in Georgia in the 90’s I told my Georgia friends that what made Steve Spurrier such a favorite coach of the Gator Nation, besides winning, is that he was like your favorite smack talking fan who was also the best coach your team ever had. The fan and the coach very seldom blend and as much as we fans would like to think we have special insights into coaching we don’t.
However, there is a time when as a fan that when a coach stands up and says something I don’t get, I have to question it. Last night was one of those times.
Following the 42-21 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide, Coach Will Mushchamp said:
“Jeff gives us the best opportunity right now for us to win, in a game like that Jeff Driskel needs to play.”
I hear those words and I have replayed them a few times this morning, not for them to sink it because they need no time to sink in, but to make sure I got them right. I’ve found that I as a fan cannot see what the coach sees.
If I believe those words and take them at face value, then it tells me we are in a bad way as far as the quarterback position at the University of Florida.
In the Alabama game at one point Jeff was 5-17 and we had less than 100 yards of offense. I honestly cannot think back to seeing QB stats similar to those. Then these words echo in my head like a giant gong: “…he gives us the best chance.”
I look all over the SEC, in a year where there’s so many new and unproven QB’s and the Gators were a team with experience at the position. Just looking back to Alabama and their QB play last night or the opener South Carolina had with Texas A&M, Kentucky, Tennessee, Carolina all are ahead of us in QB play.
The Gators are way behind in quarterback play.
But do we have to be? Sitting on the bench for the last two games is Treon Harris. Now, I do not claim to know that Treon can do or not do nor whether he is more ready than the guy we have out there. However, if it is the practices that are giving Jeff the separation between these two, then the coaches may need to realize that Jeff may look like Marilyn Monroe in practice, but he plays like Phyllis Diller in our games.
How much worse could the offense have been in the Alabama game with Treon in there …or anyone?
I am not proposing that we give up on the season; I think going forward the way things are may be giving up on the season. I believe there are games we will win with Jeff at the helm, I also think there are games we will lose with him at quarterback.
We had zero touchdowns where the offense generated the field position to score.. Zero. How did that put us in the best position to win the game?