Mr. Conventional Wisdom tries to explain why Will Muschamp’s first season in Gainesville didn’t go swimmingly.
He inherited a team built to run the spread offense under Urban Meyer, who won two BCS titles (2006, 2008) in five seasons. But when he got the job, Muschamp made it clear Florida would move to a more power-based offense, a la Alabama. He didn’t have the personnel to do it.
… When all the smoke had cleared, Muschamp’s first Florida team was 7-6 and five of those losses had come against No. 1 Alabama (12-1, national champions), No. 2 LSU (13-1), No. 9 South Carolina (11-2), No. 19 Georgia (10-4, SEC East champs), and No. 23 Florida State (9-4).
I know Barnhart is just being Barnhart, friend to all, with this, but are we really supposed to be surprised by any of it? It’s not like it was that hard to see what was coming, was it? I mean, I’m just your typical blogging doofus, but even I was able to take note of the dark clouds on the horizon before the 2011 season got underway.
The somewhat scary part of this, if you’re a Gator fan, is that Muschamp sounds like he was surprised a little: “But I still felt we’d be OK as long as [quarterback] John Brantley didn’t get hurt…”
Take that for what it’s worth. And along those lines, wait to see if this year’s delusional program is in Knoxville.