Interesting exchange between LSU and Florida beat writer brought something to mind I hadn’t thought of before. Start with this observation:
On paper, the move to Roper’s scheme seems to be a no-brainer, raising the question of why Muschamp did not do it until now.
That one’s easy – Boom’s a branch off the Saban coaching tree, where fast paced offense is anathema. Controlling the game is a defensive coach’s mindset.
The better question is why Muschamp is making a dramatic scheme change now. I’m not sure if this is being offered as an explanation for that, but I can’t help but wonder if something like this is running through the back of his head.
What is the mood toward Will Muschamp? Do Florida fans want him to fix the program or are they ready to move on?
Based on feedback during Will Muschamp’s speaking tour in the spring, Gator fans respect his passion and commitment but want results this season – or else.
Most fans, as well as UF Athletic Director Jeremy Foley, are giving Muschamp a bit of a pass for 2013’s 4-8 finish. Florida’s lost 17 players to season-ending injuries, including quarterback Jeff Driskel and star defensive tackle Dominique Easley in September.
But the Gators’ struggles on offense have been persistent and created a boring brand of football not seen in Gainesville since the Doug Dickey Era in the 1970s.
Muschamp hired a new offensive coordinator, Duke’s Kurt Roper, and hopes the move from a pro-style offense to a up-tempo, shotgun-centric attack pays immediate dividends. Anything less than than eight wins and a lot more offensive fireworks will lead to calls for Muschamp’s job from all corners.
So a four-game improvement in wins won’t be enough to mollify the fan base and Foley? There needs to be a little offensive pizzazz in the mix? Even if it cuts against the grain of Muschamp’s instincts? Hmmm… this is starting to remind me more than a little of the way Tuberville went through offensive coordinators until he crashed and burned with Tony Franklin.