Boom goes the shotgun.

Florida, as we’ve been told repeatedly over the last couple of months, is about to throw off the shackles of underperforming offensive schemes and unleash the hounds with Kurt Roper’s super-duper new pedal to the metal spread attack.

Still, I can’t help but wonder if Muschamp has completely bought into what’s coming.  Take this quote:

Muschamp rattled off a series of statistics that convinced him that running and passing out of a shotgun will fit the team’s personnel better than last year’s system. For example, in 2012, the Gators averaged 6.8 yards per running play out of the shotgun, and more than 60 percent completion percentage on passes from the gun. When Driskel was under center, Florida was a shade over 4 yards per carry, and its completion percentage was less than 50 percent.

2012 stats?  It took him more than an entire season to glom onto that?  I believe I detect a faint whiff of reluctance there.

If it takes Roper a while to get the kinks worked out – and let’s face it, there are a lot of kinks to work out – how patient do you think Boom will be?

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8 responses to “Boom goes the shotgun.

  1. mdcgtp

    Senator, I think of it slightly differently on Boom. I still can’t figure out whether he is a good coach or not. I think he has made some bad choices in offensive coordinator hires, it is all exacerbated by the fact that he chose to emphasize a Saban-like vision of offense, withouth the personnel to do much of anything offensively. My confusion is frankly exacerbated by hiring Roper. Was it a last ditch effort to save his job OR an admission that what he was doing was not going to work so he is “settling” for a sub prime football (spread, tempo, etc) vs. actually developing a passer, OL, and WRs.

    that said, I think the biggest sidebar story (literally) is how overrated UF’s defense has been the past two seasons. Aaron’s first half meltdown in 2012 prevented what could have been an embarrassing blowout against their defense. Keep in mind how many points we scored against them in one half in 2013 and what we did to them when we needed to run out the clock the past 3 years.

    “Comment: The team’s strength turned into almost as big a liability late in the season. Injuries were a problem. So was the amount of time spent on the field because the offense couldn’t move the ball. There is enough talent to be among the best units in the SEC.”

    • The other Doug

      I think they have a strong defense. It looked to me like the defense gave up on him late in the season. The loss to Georgia Southern was the most glaring lack of effort.

      Roper was the best guy available.

    • uglydawg

      mdcgtp, good comments. I’m also of the opinion (fearfully) that the jury is still out on Boom..but the evidence seems to point towards a verdict of “not especially competent.”. Still, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him get it together and be very competitive this year. And while I hope he doesn’t (can’t), I keep thinking about the old movie, “Wait Until Dark” where the bad (really bad) guy is supposedly finished and then suddenly and suprisingly regains his strength and bearing long enough to scare the shit out of everyone in the audience (yep, I screamed too!). Georgia needs to pound Florida and Tennessee into the stone age while they’re still down…Like the end of “Bonnie and Clyde”…That’s the way I’d like to see it play out.

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        +1,000,000,000 on the pound ‘em into the stone age sentiment. :)

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          P.S. I just get the love for FU coming from the media. Where are the offensive players to make this all happen? Certainly not in Gainesville. Wasn’t the media singing pretty much the same tune last year? Look what happened.

  2. Mike

    If it takes awhile for Roper to get things on track, I am not sure Muschamp’s patience will be tried as much as Foley’s patience.

    Another meltdown to a 1-AA school and we could see another Foley
    in season “correction.”