Normally I collect the good and bad from the Gator game that just took place and we nitpick and browbeat every play. This will be somewhat rant and somewhat rave. You’ll have to decide for yourself just how much I’m ranting and how much I’m raving.
Because we’re UF fans, we’re used to doing this sort of thing on a Sunday after a victory. It used to be that we’d win at Kentucky by 37 but find things about which to complain. I’m barely old enough to remember the last time we lost to Kentucky.
I am, however, old enough to know that we have to rally behind Muschamp and staff. There’s nothing good to say about our offense under Will. Never has been.
There’s nothing good to say about our offensive line under Will. Again, with a few exceptions, never has been.
If I spent hundreds or thousands of dollars to travel to Columbia to watch that carnage I would be furious. This team is not fun to watch. There is no entertainment in Florida football. Watching college football is supposed to be fun. We’re all used to wide receivers running free … and that delicious anticipation when both you, as the fan, and Wuerffel or Matthews as the quarterback, sees that Gator running in space … and we all yell, as if to tell the QB something he didn’t already know: “REIDEL IS OPEN, DANGIT!!!!”
More often than not those passes were completed. And more often than not we were ahead at the time.
It was so easy then.
Spurrier is gone. Meyer is gone.
It’s officially time to rebuild.
Will Muschamp is not Steve Spurrier nor Urban Meyer.
If he’s going to be successful here, he’s clearly going to do it his own way.
He’s proven that he can put a wonderful defense in place. He’s not shown that he
can deliver on the offensive end. And this debate about Pease and Muschamp just has to end now. Both of these guys have to accept responsibility for this product. It’s not acceptable.
As to next year, do you wait it out with Jeff Driskel? Do you put the reins in the hands of Tyler Murphy?
If you’re a coach on the hot seat, do you turn the program over to a true freshman like Will Grier?
And the offensive line? Do you replace Tim Davis? Do you spend more scholarships on lineman? If you’re one of those folks reading this that puts stock in star ratings, then our offensive line recruiting is not going all that well. We’re fine defensively but we’re not scoring points.
The natives are restless.
Many people may be shocked to read this but I think the only logical choice is to stay the course with Muschamp.
The guy can win. He did it last year. A lot of us may want to treat a lot of last season’s big wins as luck ex post facto but, the fact is, he earned them.
He’s dealing with an incredible amount of injuries this season. Yeah, every coach has to deal with injuries. And I don’t think this staff has done well with the necessary adjustments, which I will address later. But Muschamp has had more than his fair share of adversity in this department.
Not going to do the whole “who do you replace him with?” mumbo jumbo as we don’t need to have this conversation right now. I’m a hothead and I hate losing as much or more than any of you. But I watched that Florida State-Clemson game
and I couldn’t help but wonder where FSU might be if their important fans were as influential as ours.
We have Ermon Lane and Will Grier coming in. Kelvin Taylor is already on the team. I have to believe Muschamp is going to do whatever he has to do to make us an elite program.
The normal “rants and raves” rubric will return next week. Just thought you’d all already seen or read how bad our offense and offensive line was, and figured you’d like some off the cuff thoughts.